The Distant Mirror ... Part II
Dan had an excellent post
yesterday that includes a lively discussion about the confusing impulses running through the young gubernatorial election. ... Like Dan, I've voted for Republican gubernatorial candidates in the past -- specifically, the last two general elections. Call it my Reagan Democrat pro-free-market instincts. But in the last two elections I was voting more against
something rather than voting for
something. The Romney administration has turned out to be a big disappointment. Now I want to know what I'm voting for and not just what I'm voting against. I've learned my lesson. I'm genuinely interested to hear what both candidates have to say. Details, please. No GOP playbooks. No Second Coming of Gandhi hope. My vote is up for grabs. Details
! ... Now for more random post-primary thoughts:
-- If the issue of taxes is so 'tired' and 'moldy,' then why is the lefty Phoenix
urging Deval to make a no-new-taxes pledge? Answer: Because the issue of taxes isn't 'tired' and 'moldy.' Deval should listen to the Phoenix's advice. ... Via Dan.
-- OK, Healey packed the cannon primary-night with every sharp GOP Playbook item she could find. I had the sense she was taking '90, '94, '98 and 2002 voters for granted. I didn't like it. Too much. Too soon. Smacked of insincerity. But please spare me the 'she's playing on fear' arguments. The 'against' rationale for making a decision is still valid. In addition: I like negative campaigns! ...
-- The strange appeal of Deval, explained by Margery
. It's the small businessmen's sentiments Healey should be worrying about, not the predictable Bush-hating Kos-iac.
-- Repeat: Not good for Republicans in general.Update
convincingly lays out why Patrick is so formidable and will be hard for Healey to beat. ...