By Jeff Fish
I keep thinking about how sick I already am of all these campaigns. Is it really only May? Do we really have six months left of this nonsense?
Yes, we do. But I have to admit, it’s a pretty interesting time to be a Massachusetts voter and a great time to be a columnist on Massachusetts politics.
Our former governor could – probably won’t – but could be our next president (without the help of his home state, of course). If he’s not, and Obama wins, it could mean vacancies in the Governor’s office, a Senate seat, or both.
And let’s not forget that we still have state and local issues that, while not necessarily glamorous, matter to us,( i.e. the state Senate passing the ‘right-to-repair’ bill.)
High-Five: Deval Patrick plays the “I’m happy where I am game,” amid cabinet appointment speculation. I give this a high-five, not because it really makes a difference to me whether Deval stays or goes, but because political speculation is fun. He has been a particularly important surrogate for his personal friend, the president, leading to whispers that there could be a cabinet position for him should Obama get reelected. The more likely scenario to me is that John Kerry is appointed to Secretary of State and Patrick runs for his open Senate seat, especially if Elizabeth Warren is successful in her quest to unseat Scott Brown.
Of course, Patrick has said he “isn’t going anywhere,” according to the Boston Globe. Is he really content with his current job, or is he downplaying the possibility of a career change as most politicians do? Only time will tell.
Dope Slap: National Review accuses Elizabeth Warren of plagiarism. Wow. Just wow. Yes, the National Review retracted their story about Elizabeth Warren’s apparent plagiarism, but it should have never gone up in the first place. Katrina Trinko, the author of the article, accused Warren of plagiarizing two paragraphs in her book, All You’re Worth, because she had looked at the release date of the paperback version, which was 2006. In fact, the book came out in 2005 and a little more digging would have easily revealed that.
I really don’t think this can be passed off as a completely honest mistake. The National Review is a known conservative publication, and it’s pretty obvious that they were eager to publish this story -- so eager that they couldn’t take the 30 seconds to Google it and make sure the allegation was true. Plagiarism is a serious charge to level against someone and you shouldn’t do it unless you’re absolutely sure. Trinko and whatever editor let that story publish should be fired.
High-Five: State Senate passes ‘right-to-repair’ bill. This bill has been tossed around before and I don’t see any reason why it shouldn’t pass in the House. If passed, the bill would require manufacturers to provide independent auto dealers with access to their diagnostic repair systems, effective January 1, 2016, according to MassLive.com. Of course, manufacturers oppose the measure, because they would no longer have the monopoly on the information. But it should ultimately allow consumers to get their cars repaired at fair market value, rather than the higher price of taking it to the dealer.
High-Five: Shockingly, Romney won’t win Massachusetts. Fox News astutely told us the we shouldn’t expect Mitt Romney to win his "home" state... And? Maybe it’s news to the rest of the country, but it certainly isn’t news here. Guess what, rest of the country? We don’t like Mitt Romney. It’s painfully obvious that from the moment Romney stepped into the State House, he had his eye on the White House. He would have us think that he decided not to run for reelection because he suddenly became civic minded and wanted to return to life in the private sector. But the truth is he wouldn’t have been re-elected and that’s why he didn’t run.
If he wins in November, he will be the first president to lose his home state since Woodrow Wilson in 1916. Now that’s something for the history books.
Photo by Office of Governor Patrick (Flickr)
About Jeff -- I'm a senior at Suffolk University, majoring in journalism and political science. I'm the editor-in-chief of my college newspaper, The Suffolk Journal, and I did a six-month co-op at The Boston Globe. I love politics, reading, movies, TV, and anything pop culture. My mind is a font of useless knowledge.
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