The Quiet Storm

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  November 4, 2009

And although one insider says waggishly that the administration is hiring “the B team,” most give high marks to the replacements, saying that they are well-respected talents, some of whom have moved up from deputy positions — Patrick’s “farm team,” Travaglini says — so there has been little disruption.

Rubin argues that the governor, and his new staff, are doing exactly what he was elected to do: “Work hard, do the right things, and make the hard decisions.”

But most people expected something more — that Patrick was going to fundamentally change the way things worked on Beacon Hill. Even with the economic ills, observers say, there should be more sense of that change by now.

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