Gov. Deval Patrick: A failure of the highest order?

In 2006, Massachusetts elected its first black governor – and only the second black governor to ever be elected in any U.S. state – in Democrat Deval Patrick. Four years later, the landscape may be a bit different. From a truly exceptional article by Matthew Richer:

Last October 23, President Barack Obama flew into Boston to host a fundraiser for his good friend, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick. The well-advertised affair was held in the ballroom of the exclusive Westin Hotel in Copley Square. The expectations, needless to say, were sky-high.“You fired up?” Patrick shouted into the microphone, a phrase both he and Obama often use to greet audiences. “You ready to go?”

Unfortunately for Patrick, the audience was anything but fired up, and some were already itching to leave.

Why? Because half the tickets for the event never even sold. Democrat loyalists meandered nervously about the empty seats, trying to blame the lack of interest on the bad economy.

When President Obama took the podium, he touted Gov. Patrick’s many non-existent accomplishments, and exhorted the small gathering to support his friend’s reelection in what promises to be a “tough race.”

How tough?

In poll after poll, Deval Patrick’s numbers have been sinking for more than two years. A recent poll gave him a 37% approval rating and a 55% disapproval rating. Another poll found that half of Massachusetts voters believe that Patrick should not even seek the Democratic nomination in 2010.

As unpopular as Deval is, his defeat is not a sure thing. Republican candidate Charlie Baker is still largely unknown to voters, while Treasurer Tim Cahill – a former Democrat – is waging a strong independent candidacy. In a three-way race, Gov. Patrick could retain office with far less than 50% of the vote. Continue reading The coming defeat of Deval Patrick and the end of Massachusetts’ minority rule experiment

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