By Rosalie Tirella
… Stein should drop out of the Mass governor’s race. Incumbent Deval Patrck and his main opponent, businessness whiz kid Charlie Baker, are running pretty much neck and neck (as of Oct. 24 – pre-last night’s debate). It was reported in the Boston Globe that Patrick is beginning to break away from Baker (43% to Baker’s 39% of likely voters surveyed), but his lead is so slight that is within the margin of error. So Patrick could still lose to Baker! Even though the Globe poll showed Patrick was considered way more likeable than Baker (I agree), the two candidates were TIED re: leadership ability. Which is killer important here, which is what the people are craving.
For the first time in months, the poll shows, voters really like our Deval! Easy to see during these debates, visits to towns/cities. Patrick shows a lot of compassion and goodness. He reminds us that during this global economic shitstorm, he and his team have been steady as she blows. Massachusetts still has an AA bond rating, and as Patrick told viewers of the debate yesterday: he’s delivered a state budget that was balanced, responsible and in on time. AND: During this shitstorm, Patrick (calmly, it seems) has invested in jobs/job growth (green jobs, stem cell banks at UMass/Worcester, etc) and burnished our ed creds (which on some level means more charter schools but still … .)
Our teachers, cops, fire fighters still have their jobs. Mass cities and towns did not go belly up during this tsunami because Patrick wisely used Mass rainy day funds and fed stimulus money to fill the budget gap. Things will be just as brutal next year! I would prefer to have Patrick sailing the Mass ship (with compassion and intelligence) than Baker who seems wicked smart but too hard and cool for my tastes. I don’t want to see people who care for the mentally disabled lose their jobs! I don’t want poor mothers and kids dumped on even more (Baker wants to limit the number of years a person can get aid from the Dept. of Transitional Assistance – aka “welfare” – to five years). This is too draconian for me -Baker will punish innocent babies just because one or both of their parents fucked up. Every one needs a second chance! I don’t want to see even more hungry kids in my state!
Let’s keep Deval! Vote for Deval Patrick! Let’s keep this state going on its progressive path!
Which brings me to Jill Stein again:
I love Jill Stein and everything she stand for BUT SHE NEEDS TO GET OUT OF THE RACE SO PATRICK CAN PICK UP THE 2% OF LIKELY VOTERS WHO SAY THEY WILL VOTE FOR HER ON ELECTION DAY.
Jill, PLEASE give your 2% to Deval! Yesterday at the debate you seemed a tad smug – telling the audience that Al Gore won the election, etc. Telling us all basically how stupid the other guys were and how enlightened you are. Yes, yes, all that TRUTH is great! But you don’t run for fucking governor to educate people and get your ideas out! You run for governor to fucking win!!! If you want to enlighten folks, give lectures in all Mass towns and cities. Don’t pull this stuff during a tight race. Don’t be Mass’ Ralph Nader! Please!!!
You’ve made some important points, Jill, but don’t be so full of yourself as to deprive: poor kids of services, families shelter, state human service workers jobs, etc (which is what will happen if Baker wins) just to show everyone you are a little smarty pants. This is not college debate night! This is reality! This is kids and poverty and making the world a better place.
Jill, you need to bow out today, tell your people to throw ALL their support behind Patrick and work like hell to help him win reelection.
I can’t believe Deval hasn’t sic-ed Tim Murray on you! I can’t believe some of his people aren’t trying to reason with you/groveling/threantening/anything that will work, really, as fas as I’m concerned.