'A prophet without honor in his hometown newspapers'
writes an ode to Sal "The Prophet" DiMasi, asking readers to ignore his hack side and to focus on the progressive things he’s done. … He's basically asking progressives to honor the rules of the Hack-Progressive Alliance
, i.e. progressives' toleration of a certain degree of hackery as long as the progressive goods are delivered. But most people aren't buying it anymore. Not after James Marzilli, Dianne Wilkerson, Chuck Turner, etc. ... Gov. Patrick's proposed ethics reforms
are tougher than I thought they would be -- and therefore they're welcome. But they still A.) miss the mark
when it comes to reforming the permanent bureaucracy (pension and disability abuses etc.) B.) probably won't be passed. Outraged Liberal
Unlike the casino battle between the two last year, Patrick enters the fray with public support on his side. But when the dust settles, expect DiMasi to win again.
That's just the way things happen in The Building.
Despite the Prophet's woes, he'll probably be reelected
today as speaker, though there's an outside chance it could get bumpy.