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December 5, 2012 / needhamgrassroots

State Dems: More of that “Backbone” Thing, Please

Reblogged from Hester Prynne — read the whole thing at State Dems: More of that “Backbone” Thing, Please.

As demonstrated by the victories of Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren, Democrats have done what Deval Patrick asked them to do: have some backbone, stand up for what they believe in, and win. As Patrick said at the party’s convention in Charlotte,

Democrats “believe in an economy that grows opportunity out to the middle class and the marginalized, not just up to the well connected….We believe that government has a role to play, not in solving every problem in everybody’s life but in helping people help themselves to the American dream.”

But downticket at the state level, although Democrats clearly won, what they believe in and how much backbone they have is a little less clear, in part because of their perpetual supermajority in the state Legislature. Because they always win, they can say they believe in almost anything, including at times, planks from the GOP’s platform rather than their own.

Exhibit A, the 2012 campaign flyer of House Speaker Robert DeLeo.


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