Well, boys and girls, if you live by conspiracy theories and love to blame Barack Obama for all ills, go elsewhere. We did the MA version today with chatter about Gov. Deval Patrick, the commonwealth’s recent troubles and what it all means. Listen in as we figure that yeah, Patrick carries some burden but that he’s pretty solid. The real issues are more systemic and fixable.
Listen in as we catalog many of the troubles, diagnose them, and see what they imply for his legacy. Patrick is in some ways a stalking horse for Obama â€” two or more years ahead in election to major office, in embracing marriage equality (and governing its implementation), in overseeing universal health care, and now in leaving office. As with the Prez, the Gov gets the it’s-all-his-fault treatment. Instead, we talked about what was likely his shortcomings and what were institutional failures.
To our satisfaction as MA voters, Patrick broke with previous governors in leading and bringing the legislature along on many system corrections. He went for highway/bridge infrastructures long kicked down the road, particularly by never-raise-taxes GOP governors. We expect the South Coast rail project to advance because he started it too.
We did touch on the health-care website transition from state to federal failure, the compounding lab cock-up, and the dreadful, ongoing Department of Children and Families disasters. In the latter, we see the confluence of decreased budgets, overworked staff and the lack understanding of how 34,000 kids would be at risk at a given moment.
We discuss what this all may mean for his legacy…and his future prospects.