The Washington Post charts Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick’s first few months in office, and the incredible appeal he was obliged to maked recently. He’s had a very bad run at the start, but it is still very early in a four year term and he could indeed turn things around quickly.
Many of Patrick’s collisions with the reality of governing involve finding out that the MSM actually loves to bleed all incumbents. Could it be that Patrick, and many other Dems, get free passes (or at least 75% discounts) from the MSM in their campaigns with GOP rivals and then run into the reality that the advantages bestowed by deeply biased agenda journalism that distorts campaign coverage recede relatively quickly once the campaign ends? Some of Patrick’s missteps would never occur if he had brought with him into office the strong sense that reporters were waiting to embarrass rather than elevate him.
I’ll defer to Dean on the question of whether Patrick was lured into a false sense of security about the press by the Globe’s campaign boosterism, but that is certainly part of what happened to California’s Gray Davis, who discovered too late that the love of the Los Angeles Times displayed during his runs against Dan Lungren and Bill Simon could not protect him from the consequences of his own incompetence.
“History will be kind to me,” Churchill said, “because I intend to write it.” Perhaps Governor Davis intends the historians of California to get an assist from the site. “This website is both an archive of our accomplishments as well as a historical tool,” Davis proclaims in his welcome at the site. There is, among many other features, an “Accomplishments” button that gives the Davis view of each major issue of his tenure.
This is very interesting and I expect it to be an example copied by others, and perhaps others already have done so. Sure, candidates will have their websites, but so too will the ranks of retired governors, senators, congressmen and cabinet officials. That which has been collected and made easy to access is difficult to ignore.
Don’t give up on Gray Davis yet!