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This is my first post, so for full disclosure everyone should know that I supported Tom during the primary and I believe that of all the candidates for Governor(Democrat, Republican, Independent) Tom was and still is the best choice.Nothing good will come of it. And nothing did. In a post supposively about Reilly's new Big Dig lawsuit, "redwhiteandblue" went on the attack... not against Bechtel or machine politicians who lied about the Big Dig... but against Deval.
I wish DP's followers were a little more aware of Deval's faults--newsflash:he's not perfect
Newsflash: who said he was? Certainly not the man himself, who on more than one occasion has said he will make mistakes.
There's a real disconnect from psuede-liberals and DINO-wannabe Democrats. They think that because people like me like Deval Patrick, we're suddenly giving him a pass. They think, interestingly, we think he's perfect. They can't absorb the fact that we like him because he is admittedly imperfect. We find it refreshing. When one of the left's biggest complaints about President Bush is that he won't admit to his mistakes and apologize, do people really think we're suddenly going to support someone who won't admit to mistakes and apologize?
Redwhiteandblue got really bad in the comments. He attacked Deval because 'the transition team is important.' Pray, tell, what has Deval fudged about the transition team? Certainly, it can't be the fact that Deval's taking on regular people and fielding advice from EVERYONE, not just the HMOs and political establishment. Certainly isn't not that he's spent more time reaching out and including everyone than any Bay State Governor of this generation. So, pray tell, what's he screwed up?
The circular logic is amazing... and senseless. Like this juicy bit,
Yes the campaign is over and debating each individual issue will distract us from the present. I can not agree with you that forgetting Deval's or any other elected official's past is acceptable.... If Deval Patrick starts giving out state contracts to Coke we need to ask was this done in the best interest in the state or to reward his old friends. Certainly we questioned Dick Cheney's ties to Halliburton and Enron.Sadly, Redwhiteandblue didn't catch his own, glaring error. Dick Cheney was a sitting Vice President when Halliburton got its perks. Deval's not sitting anywhere yet, other than his own posh pad in Milton. His only trips to the Corner Office has been a supervised visit with the Mittster, as a big photo-op for Mr. Nice "Mitt" Romney.
Saying Deval Patrick shouldn't be criticized for Governor - yet, when he hasn't been sworn in - yet - isn't hypocritical. To criticize him for something he'd have no control over would be.
So, for Tom Reilly's sore losers (and the likes of Hub Politics), it's time to learn a basic lesson:
You don't forget where a politician came from. But you don't criticize them before making mistakes after being elected. If there's a perceived conflict of interest beforehand, by all means don't vote for the person. It's a choice I've made at least on one occasion this past election. However, Deval Patrick was elected. Until he makes United Airlines the official airline of Massachusetts and bans ExxonMobile, Gulf, BP and every other company other than Texaco, please feel free to gain a firm, tenable grip on reality and stop foaming at the mouth like a sore loser who got spanked by 30 points before halftime even started.
Update: [sarcasm on] I'm so glad no staunch Deval supporters have ever criticized the guy - I mean, he's so perfect that he'll never do anything wrong! [/sarcasm off]