Hell Freezes Over Boston Globe Endorses Republican for Gov

Readability

Hell Freezes Over Boston Globe Endorses Republican for Gov

Sir Humphrey: Bernard, what would you say to your present mas­ter as the next Prime Min­is­ter?
Bernard: The Min­is­ter?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard: Mr Hacker?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard:
As Prime Min­is­ter?
Sir Humphrey: Yes. [notes Bernard check­ing his watch] Are you in a hurry?
Bernard:
No; I’m just check­ing to see it wasn’t April the First.

Yes Min­is­ter Party Games 1984

In late Novem­ber I’ll be cel­e­brat­ing the 7th anniver­sary of my blog. In those seven years there have been two instances where I woke up in the morn­ing and was so sur­prised at what was being reported that I pre­sumed I was still asleep and dream­ing. The first was when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize:

Being a nor­mal and sane man I assumed I was still groggy or maybe still asleep and then turned on the TV.

Appar­ently not being George Bush counts for a lot. From what I’ve seen on Morn­ing Joe even the White House seems a bit embarrassed.

And the res­ig­na­tion of Pope Fran­cis XVI

Just woke up and turned on the TV but couldn’t find the con­troller so only saw the pic­tures of the pope and talk of an elec­tion, it wasn’t until about 4 min­utes later that I found out that Bene­dict XVI will resign effec­tive Feb 28th.
I was rather sur­prised it was a con­trast to Pope John Paul II who stayed on as an exam­ple of per­se­ver­ance but of course it is up to the pope who decide if he is phys­i­cally capa­ble of doing the job.

Today came num­ber 3 when I saw this head­line at Hotair:

Boston Globe endorses Repub­li­can for MA governor

Granted it’s not as unusual for this to hap­pen as a Pope resign­ing (after while you have to go to per-​guttenburg days to find a Pope resign­ing you only have to go back 20 years to find the Globe going for Bill Weld.

Still the idea of the Boston Globe pick­ing a repub­li­can is very odd to say the least, so odd that if you look at reac­tion from the right there is one per­son to blame for this and it isn’t Char­lie Baker.

How bad a can­di­date is Martha Coak­ley? Boston Globe endorses Repub­li­can for Gov

Or this from Jazz at Hotair

Maybe this would have meant more if the Globe had endorsed Char­lie Baker before the Repub­li­can guber­na­to­r­ial can­di­date had opened up a 9-​point lead over Martha Coak­ley. The lat­est Globe poll shows Baker as an inevitabil­ity, which gives this edi­to­r­ial endorse­ment more of a fla­vor of a band­wagon effect than a heart­felt choice

That’s a very fair point and the daily caller pro­vides context

In past elec­tions, The Globe has only backed Repub­li­can can­di­dates in antic­i­pa­tion of land­slide vic­to­ries; Bill Weld crushed Mark Roo­sevelt in the 1994 elec­tion, gar­ner­ing nearly 71% of the pop­u­lar vote in the process.

I agree, the pri­mary dri­ver is the band­wagon effect but con­sider, you can’t have a band­wagon if some­one hasn’t man­aged to get a lead and the Baker cam­paign deserves full marks for doing a bet­ter job than the last time he ran and lost, which appar­ently can’t be said for Martha Coakley.

And if you look a the the Globe’s edi­to­r­ial they make a legit case

Effec­tive activist gov­ern­ment isn’t built on good inten­tions. To pro­vide con­sis­tently good results, espe­cially for the state’s most vul­ner­a­ble and trou­bled res­i­dents, agen­cies need to focus on out­comes, learn from their errors, and pre­serve and repli­cate approaches that suc­ceed. Baker, a for­mer health care exec­u­tive, has made a career of doing just that. Dur­ing this cam­paign, he has focused prin­ci­pally on mak­ing state gov­ern­ment work bet­ter. The empha­sis is war­ranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Char­lie Baker for governor.

This is very true of Char­lie Baker but then again it was true of Char­lie Baker the last time and that wasn’t enough to cause them to aban­don Deval Patrick. This time how­ever thanks to the Gilli­gan effect hit­ting Democ­rats this year, com­pe­tent is the new sexy. The Globe continues:

Baker splits from the national Repub­li­can Party on social issues such as abor­tion rights and same-​sex mar­riage. The com­mit­ment he expresses to avoid rais­ing taxes shouldn’t be mis­taken for an allergy to the pub­lic sec­tor; Baker spent the for­ma­tive years of his career deep in the weeds of gov­ern­ment — first as sec­re­tary of health and human ser­vices under Gov­er­nor William Weld and then sec­re­tary of admin­is­tra­tion and finance under Weld and Gov­er­nor Paul Cel­lucci. In those years, he learned how agen­cies work (or don’t) and how bud­gets are bal­anced (or not).

Do not let the empha­sis in this para­graph fool you, the only sen­tence that mat­ters is the first one. I don’t care how much he knows about “how agen­cies work”, even with a veto proof major­ity in both houses if Baker gave even the slight­est indi­ca­tion of social con­ser­vatism on abor­tion or Gay Mar­riage they wouldn’t care if he was going to win 991 and raise taxes 200% to feed the poor, they would be con­demn­ing him as a vil­lain worse than Hitler and car­ry­ing Martha Coak­ley on their shoulders.

I know some on Twit­ter who have said that Baker is to the left of Coak­ley see this as con­fir­ma­tion of what they’ve said. Red Mass Group which pre­vi­ously expressed sup­port for Baker has yet to update but as I’ll be attend­ing a Tea Party event tonight, we’ll see what they have to say about the Globe endorsement.

What do I think? I think Rob Eno made the most impor­tant point in a piece on another sub­ject:

Yes, I know, I am king of the RINOs because I sup­port Char­lie Baker for gov­er­nor, so what right do I have com­plain­ing… The rea­son I sup­port Char­lie is because he isn’t Bill Weld, at least when it comes to party pol­i­tics. Char­lie has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to help­ing leg­isla­tive can­di­dates this cycle. Because of it, we look to make great gains.

For all my dis­agree­ments with Baker on social issues he would be one of the most com­pe­tent men ever to sit in the cor­ner office and if he has some coat­tails and advances the GOP to the point where there is the slight­est chance that the Democ­rats might even­tu­ally lose their veto proof majorettes in both houses and help us repeal the gas tax then he will have done more for the state than any Gov­er­nor has in decades.

Some­thing that can’t go on for­ever won’t and the veto proof gov­er­nance of Democ­rats for my life­time has turned Mass­a­chu­setts into a state you go to get an edu­ca­tion and then get the hell out. ASAP if Baker can win this elec­tion (remem­ber all this talk not with­stand­ing he hasn’t won any­thing yet) and change this sit­u­a­tion then he will deserve the sup­port of the party and its faith­ful and the tanks of the state for years to come.

Of course if he does that then the Globe will cer­tainly not back him a sec­ond time.

Sir Humphrey: Bernard, what would you say to your present master as the next Prime Minister?
Bernard: The Minister?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard: Mr Hacker?
Sir Humphrey: Yes.
Bernard:
As Prime Minister?
Sir Humphrey: Yes. [notes Bernard checking his watch] Are you in a hurry?
Bernard:
No; I’m just checking to see it wasn’t April the First.

Yes Minister Party Games 1984

In late November I’ll be celebrating the 7th anniversary of my blog. In those seven years there have been two instances where I woke up in the morning and was so surprised at what was being reported that I presumed I was still asleep and dreaming. The first was when Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize:

Being a normal and sane man I assumed I was still groggy or maybe still asleep and then turned on the TV.

Apparently not being George Bush counts for a lot. From what I’ve seen on Morning Joe even the White House seems a bit embarrassed.

And the resignation of Pope Francis XVI

Just woke up and turned on the TV but couldn’t find the controller so only saw the pictures of the pope and talk of an election, it wasn’t until about 4 minutes later that I found out that Benedict XVI will resign effective Feb 28th.
I was rather surprised it was a contrast to Pope John Paul II who stayed on as an example of perseverance but of course it is up to the pope who decide if he is physically capable of doing the job.

Today came number 3 when I saw this headline at Hotair:

Boston Globe endorses Republican for MA governor

Granted it’s not as unusual for this to happen as a Pope resigning (after while you have to go to per-guttenburg days to find a Pope resigning you only have to go back 20 years to find the Globe going for Bill Weld.

Still the idea of the Boston Globe picking a republican is very odd to say the least, so odd that if you look at reaction from the right there is one person to blame for this and it isn’t Charlie Baker.

How bad a candidate is Martha Coakley? Boston Globe endorses Republican for Gov

Or this from Jazz at Hotair

Maybe this would have meant more if the Globe had endorsed Charlie Baker before the Republican gubernatorial candidate had opened up a 9-point lead over Martha Coakley. The latest Globe poll shows Baker as an inevitability, which gives this editorial endorsement more of a flavor of a bandwagon effect than a heartfelt choice

That’s a very fair point and the daily caller provides context

In past elections, The Globe has only backed Republican candidates in anticipation of landslide victories; Bill Weld crushed Mark Roosevelt in the 1994 election, garnering nearly 71% of the popular vote in the process.

I agree, the primary driver is the bandwagon effect but consider, you can’t have a bandwagon if someone hasn’t managed to get a lead and the Baker campaign deserves full marks for doing a better job than the last time he ran and lost, which apparently can’t be said for Martha Coakley.

And if you look a the the Globe’s editorial they make a legit case

Effective activist government isn’t built on good intentions. To provide consistently good results, especially for the state’s most vulnerable and troubled residents, agencies need to focus on outcomes, learn from their errors, and preserve and replicate approaches that succeed. Baker, a former health care executive, has made a career of doing just that. During this campaign, he has focused principally on making state government work better. The emphasis is warranted. And in that spirit, the Globe endorses Charlie Baker for governor.

This is very true of Charlie Baker but then again it was true of Charlie Baker the last time and that wasn’t enough to cause them to abandon Deval Patrick.  This time however thanks to the Gilligan effect hitting Democrats this year,  competent is the new sexy.  The Globe continues:

Baker splits from the national Republican Party on social issues such as abortion rights and same-sex marriage. The commitment he expresses to avoid raising taxes shouldn’t be mistaken for an allergy to the public sector; Baker spent the formative years of his career deep in the weeds of government — first as secretary of health and human services under Governor William Weld and then secretary of administration and finance under Weld and Governor Paul Cellucci. In those years, he learned how agencies work (or don’t) and how budgets are balanced (or not).

Do not let the emphasis in this paragraph fool you,  the only sentence that matters is the first one.  I don’t care how much he knows about “how agencies work”, even with a veto proof majority in both houses if Baker gave even the slightest indication of social conservatism on abortion or Gay Marriage  they wouldn’t care if he was going to win 99-1 and raise taxes 200% to feed the poor,  they would be condemning him as a villain worse than Hitler and carrying Martha Coakley on their shoulders.

I know some on Twitter who have said that Baker is to the left of Coakley see this as confirmation of what they’ve said.  Red Mass Group which previously expressed support for Baker has yet to update but as I’ll be attending a Tea Party event tonight, we’ll see what they have to say about the Globe endorsement.

What do I think?  I think Rob Eno made the most important point in a piece on another subject:

Yes, I know, I am king of the RINOs because I support Charlie Baker for governor, so what right do I have complaining… The reason I support Charlie is because he isn’t Bill Weld, at least when it comes to party politics.  Charlie has put his money where his mouth is when it comes to helping legislative candidates this cycle.  Because of it, we look to make great gains.

For all my disagreements with Baker on social issues he would be one of the most competent men ever to sit in the corner office and if he has some coattails and advances the GOP to the point where there is the slightest chance that the Democrats might eventually lose their veto proof majorettes in both houses and help us repeal the gas tax then he will have done more for the state than any Governor has in decades.

Something that can’t go on forever won’t and the veto proof governance of Democrats for my lifetime has turned Massachusetts into a state you go to get an education and then get the hell out.  ASAP if Baker can win this election (remember all this talk not withstanding he hasn’t won anything yet) and change this situation then he will deserve the support of the party and its faithful and the tanks of the state for years to come.

Of course if he does that then the Globe will certainly not back him a second time.