Menino pummeled Flaherty in minority-heavy precincts in November, more than making up for Flaherty’s strong showing in predominately white neighborhoods. But for the first time in years, the 2009 campaign evoked some significant backlash among minorities, over issues of violence, jobs, and development. A challenger better able to capitalize on that might have won.

Hiring such a high-profile black woman presumably helps Menino’s image in minority communities. It also co-opts one of the strongest potential candidates who could beat Menino in 2013. While the gossipers convince themselves that Menino is heading for the exit, he might actually be securing his position for another four years.

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