Something we can expect on September 20th is a bunch of graphics from the Mass GOP linking the eventual nominee with Sal DiMasi, and Robert Travaglini.
It was a successful tactic in 2002 (though the crew back then inspired more hostility), but in some ways there is reason to consider the impact of the Legislature on the completion of a candidate's agenda.
Below I look to figure out and quantify what impact the Legislature would have on candidates' plans, and take a stab at quantifying that impact on the idelogical bent of the final outcomes such as laws.
This is all first draft.
I am not going to try to estimate competence.
That (competence) is an important factor, in many ways the most important one, but I see no way of fairly estimating it on a constant scale.
Obviously, many disputes beween the branches of Mass. government (concern) corruption and power and have little ideological element (pensions, for instance).
Underneath, I perform some back-of-the-envelope calculations to try to estimate how the Legislature would impact Governors Reilly, Gabrieli, or Patrick.
I am not including Healey or Mihos because partisanship would skew this data even more.
Personal relationships with legislators, favors to trade in, influence within the party that decides who gets how much help campaigning, knowledge of the rules of the Legislature all matter here.
I encourage you to use this method, though (I) imagine many people would plug in their own numbers.
I urge intellectual honesty when doing so, however -- just because you don't like Reilly or Patrick doesn't make them a 10 or a 0. If someone could get a consistent empirical scale using polling data, that would be great.