What are the chances that two late-wave baby-boomer liberals – both trailblazing a kind of new-age political spin that markets vague policy nostrums by casting themselves as calming antidotes to boom-era strife – would use the very same term to dismiss effective criticism of their wobbly performances? We knew these two were friends and allies. Could it be they talk more than we know?
The answer? Who cares. Every politician has friends and allies - does anyone really care if they take advice, especially when the advice isn't coming from a paid lobbyist? Is it objectionable that Patrick and Obama would talk about certain common problems they have faced thus far? Heck, at the very least we know that's one less paid D.C. consultant giving Obama bad advice.
Finally, I hate to even ask this question, but if we were talking about two different politicians, especially from the other party, would we even be having this discussion right now? Heck, if Hillary gets Bill - no questions asked - at least Obama should be able to have Governor Patrick, if Patrick ends up choosing to back him.