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Matt Szafranski
. may well like being the state's chief bureaucrat (and not realize how he's being used by his party's money class & hastening its rightward tumble) but his open contemplation of a third term elides something else…
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
The same political status quo he serves, especially in his party, but somewhat more broadly too, doubt Karyn Polito or anybody else can win in 2022.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @BethLindstrom @ewarren
There is no real GOP bench generally let alone from the Baker wing who can win the nom. I don't think could have beaten but she'd have stood a better chance. Yet, she was filleted for being a squish.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
The next non-Baker from that end of the party will face the same problem. Karyn Polito might survive but she'll be damaged for the fight against or even .
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
Meanwhile the broader political establishment would also like to keep Baker in place. He's castrated the legislature by somehow convincing red-district House Dems he has coattails. But the moneymen & powers that be like how he's keep state govt working for them.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
Plus there are more than a few House Dems who benefit from this system. The fact is, the system had acclimated to a GOP gov & super-Dem legislature. What's new is the inertness of the House. There was always a more conservative chamber but never one this foot-draggingly slow.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @DevalPatrick
But the real wrench in all of this was . He left office with some fair criticism of being not radical enough (some might say neoliberal today) BUT he disrupted the system because a Dem governor naturally pushes the legislature in ways a GOP governor doesn't.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
I sense a lot of people didn't like that & many outlasted him or got their lobbying gigs & left. Unlike Patrick, Baker caters to legislators' desire to avoid accountability. They respond by not antagonizing him at all costs.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
In short it's a lovely system for the establishment so of course they want Baker to stay. I dont know if Baker realizes he's a tool in this way, but it doesn't really matter.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
This isn't stable long term, though. The left is getting restive. Sanchez & Holmes's loss was a shot across-the-bow. DeLeo can only keep this up for as long as old-school progressives tolerate it.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
Although Patrick was disruptive, ultimately Baker's empty detente is also an aberration. Massachusetts's mean is a legislature that tires of a GOP governor & tuns him into a prime minister and then he leaves.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
That could still happen, especially if the 2020 legislative primaries has more casualties among incumbents. END
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Dan Kennedy Jun 7
Yes, Patrick certainly disrupted the system.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Certainly in more ways than one & certainly not all of them for the better.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
CORRECTION appended.
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Matthew J Shochat Jun 7
Replying to @MSzafranski413
I'm looking forward to 2022 legislative primaries.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @JeffSemonMA
Dem losses in statehouse would be minimal & would mostly come in red seats, probably only after retirements (e.g. ). The result is probably a more progressive legislature & less powerful .
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @JeffSemonMA
Nor would voters writ large find this progressivism less tolerable. Corruption among certain Dem leaders from Curley on is probably more of the reason Dems have difficulty winning , not ideology.
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Matt Szafranski Jun 7
Replying to @JeffSemonMA
There have been only two Dem govs in last 35 years. Both were outsiders (Patrick) or iconoclasts (Dukakis). Insiders: Harshbarger, Roosevelt, O'Brien, Coakley. All lost.
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