EaBo's post on BlueMassGroup about Deval Patrick's approval numbers had me so worried that this is how I spent my evening (and, yes, I'm a nostalgic dork!).
Look, Governor Patrick has some lousy approval ratings - for now. These things fluctuate. The Governor had a bad few months, pushing for policy that was anathema to many of the people who got him elected. He lost that fight and it's time to move on - even he realizes it.
Since then, we've seen plenty of outreach and a back-to-the-basics attitude. Subsequently, there's been a great bond bill, a life sciences bill and soon to be a renewable energy bill passed on Beacon Hill, all of them pretty good and all of them done within the last 30-40 days. We even witnessed a solid first effort on closing the corporate tax loopholes, though there's clearly some kinks that need to be worked out by the Senate, after some last-minute maneuvering by a particular Representative who ought to know better (come on, Representative Bosley, don't ruin your positive karma for leading the charge in the casino battle).
Will the Governor's work and back-to-the-basics outreach with the citizens who got him elected show up in the polls yet? No. Grassroot efforts take some time. If, at the end of the summer, the Governor's approval ratings are closer to 40 than they are 50, then there may be something to worry about. But, given the recent success on Beacon Hill and if the Governor keeps reaching out to his constituents, listening and acting on their behalf, then there won't be a problem. People don't say "polling is just a snapshot in time" for nothing.