No One’s Unbeatable
Seeing the Democrats falling all over themselves to find a candidate to take on Scott Brown is typical. It happens all the time on the other side of the aisle, too — it’s a typical process that major parties just fall into. Unfortunately, that is the plight of the insiders. Favors expected, favors granted, and unrequited love happens all the time in the “big show.” But Scott Brown in eminently beatable in November 2012.
First and foremost, Brown has pissed off so many “workhorses” who got him there. Before there were high-fives amongst the insider-establishment Republicans, there were people on the street working it for Scott. None of the insiders gave Scott a chance or their money, and they did nothing until three weeks before the election. The Tea Party folks and conservatives are out for his hide. They will stay home no matter who runs against Brown — that’s how angry they are. Main Street Americans have been done in by many of Brown’s votes. The vote to support the Dodd/Frank/Maxine Waters Financial Reform is another sticking point. Many who just can’t find jobs were incensed that he voted against additional unemployment benefits.
This aside, a very popular President will run for re-election. He’ll be at the top of the ticket, and the Senatorial election will be one rung below. My friends on the right hate to hear about the President’s popularity — but people like him and with the meltdown left him in January 2009, the country is struggling back — slowly, but its coming. Massachusetts will likely go 65 percent for the President. So a democrat can surely win and will have a huge advantage in the final. If I were a Democrat operative, my candidate would be our Secretary of State, Bill Galvin.
Having been in public life for many years, Galvin is tested. He’s faced many insiders and institutional players, always on the side of the “little guy.” As our state’s most senior regulator, he plays no favorites. That’s why most in Big Business, Big Government and Big Media just don’t like him. He’s not a kiss-ass politician — it’s just not in his DNA. I saw him in action in 2004 when the statute of limitations on Big Dig crimes was about to expire. Galvin led while others turned their collective heads, and he demonstrated true leadership provoking the Legislature to extend the time period such that prosecutors could make their cases. The result was a $400-million fine by the miscreants who brought you the Big Dig.
People say he’s colorless, boring, and doesn’t inspire; who cares? He gets the job done. The last thing we need now is another show horse. He’s one person not to debate — on any issue. What a treat it would be to watch a series of debates Brown versus Galvin. Galvin, a conservative and a reformer on many issues, would inspire a new democrat activism bringing back Reagan Democrats to a party that has spurned them in many instances. But again, Galvin is conservative, principled and not an insider. His biggest challenge would be to get the 15-percent delegate vote needed to get to a primary. So often, those the party establishment fear most are kept from the Peoples’ Primary.
There is no question I like Galvin and for all the right reasons. He is straight-forward, smart, principled, a true reformer and honest. I hope he reads this.