Here is a loyal, honest Democrat writing on Deval Patrick’s week:
AFTER 15 MONTHS in office, Governor Deval Patrick is ready to write a new chapter in his political life. From "Together we can," it's "Me, me, me."…A trip on that day for that purpose proves one thing: politically speaking, the great communicator is deaf… At least DiMasi cared enough about the issue to exert influence up until the votes were cast…the governor could have demonstrated grace in the face of defeat, as well as gratitude to supporters, especially those legislators who did as he asked and stood up to DiMasi…He was going to change Beacon Hill's culture and priorities; and when he said that, no one thought he meant casinos for Massachusetts and a $1.35 million book deal for himself..it looks like he is doing a version of what his predecessors did: moving on.
Patrick's book, said the publisher, will draw upon the governor's "extraordinary journey from Chicago's Wabash Avenue to the Massachusetts State House." Will it end on Inauguration Day? It might have to, because the chapter after that could be very thin.
Joan Vennochi has can write as a Democrat without discarding her honesty. This is unlike her colleague Scott Lehigh, who one day phones in an absurd and dishonest Op Ed piece copied from Howard Dean’s talking points, and then three weeks later tells readers the unsurprising news that things have changed.