Implications of Jon Keller’s Bluest State

I know there’s a debate right now at BlueMass and elsewhere about Jon Keller’s new book, “The Bluest State:How Democrats Created the Massachusetts Blueprint for American Political Disaster.” Adam Reilly has also weighed in.

What I’m most interested in are the implications of his book for the 2008 presidential race.

While the nation contemplates taking a chance on Barack Obama, an erudite black Harvard Law grad, we’ve already taken the plunge with our own mini-Obama,” he writes of the Massachusetts’ election of Deval Patrick as governor in 2006.

Although Mr. Obama’s opponent, Senator Clinton, is also a baby boomer and perhaps her generation’s most famous liberal woman, Mr. Keller sees her as being able to transcend the political pathologies of her generation. In his book, Mr. Keller writes of a speech Mrs. Clinton delivered in 2006, in which she referred to abortion as a “sad, even tragic choice” and called for the promotion of contraception and prevention of unwanted pregnancies and was consequently pilloried in the pro-choice community. He quotes a National Organization for Women official criticizing Mrs. Clinton for her comments and for supporting anti-abortion Democratic candidate, Bob Casey, a “significant concern” for NOW.

On Romney: “A fully engaged Romney, downplaying social positions that few Massachusetts voters support and using the threat of a second term to enhance his clout, might have gotten more done for the beleaguered working classes here,” Mr. Keller writes. “Instead, Romney leaves behind a compelling diagnosis of what’s wrong with Kennedy country but no antidote.”

Read more here.

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