Grassroot politics in Massachusetts?
While 53% of people in Massachusetts would support Patrick's casino plan, according to one poll, the support sure as hell isn't coming from his base. We elect leaders to make smart decisions, not necessarily whatever polls well. There's been plenty of data and stories that have called into question everything about the casino plan - and not nearly enough serious validation of any of the facts, or independent state analysis. It's sad the mainstream media isn't covering this, but it's the truth.
Here's one other piece of truth for Governor Patrick: Bucking the base can have dangerous political consequences. Legalizing casinos will definitely put a bad taste in thousands of Patrick's hardest workers' mouths. Grassroot politics doesn't work when you ride atop a giant tractor to scalp the land, especially when you build the Luxor Deval on top of it.