Ah, the Christmas week is over and the blogosphere seems to have popped back to life, so I might as well blog away too with some pent up thoughts. ...
‘A watershed year’
: All the mainstream media outlets are running their own year-in-review pieces, so why shouldn’t humble little Hub Blog? But I’m going to cheat and let Reader No. 1 do it for me. Yes, Reader No. 1 is back after a few months of work and family-related hibernation. Here’s his look back at 2002:
“I think this will turn out to be a watershed year in Massachusetts history, mostly for obvious reasons. (But this is Massachusetts and our historical roots in advanced education and religious faith often lead us to overlook the obvious):
“-- The Catholic faithful (and their lawyers) got the clergy to Do The Right Thing and toss out the Cardinal. William Bulger is next. Can anyone doubt that the lawyers representing families of Whitey's victims aren't working on similar arguments to those used against the Boston Archdiocese?
“-- There is a new, broad, statewide consensus opposed to traditional political cronyism and favoring modern professional management. Anyone doubting this should take a look at the extraordinary voting map published in the Globe two days after the election, which showed a solid Romney vote except in Boston and Westernmost Massachusetts.
“-- We saw modern professional management methods coursing through all of our institutions, not just businesses. The Governor is a former Bain consultant, and he's bringing people with deep understanding of modern management into government. The NE Patriots are run by Bain alumni, for cryin' out loud. Thanks Governor Swift, for the dismal financial forecasts: the worse the prognosis, the stronger Romney's hand to change things. And they will change. (Memo to Boston's political reporters: to understand what's about to happen, start reading the Harvard Business Review cover to cover.)”
There’s much more from Reader No. 1, reacting to some of my recent holiday-week posts, here
. And read Hub Blog’s own 2002 year-in-review rant here
, which follows the next two items for obvious strategic reasons.