Running Outside the Box

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 18, 2013

But it's worth noting that the one recent success story for this path-clearing strategy, Warren, was viewed as a fresh-faced, gate-crashing outsider candidate — even as she leveraged support of party insiders.

In other words, she combined the outside-the-box image of Patrick with the inside-game advantages of Reilly.

Lifetime politician Markey will have a harder time doing that. Same for Beacon Hill's Murray and Grossman.

And that leaves the potential for a true gate-crasher to, perhaps, gain a following if they are willing to go up against the party's daunting political machinery. Kudos to those who try.

>>  DBERNSTEIN@PHX.COM :: @DBERNSTEIN

"MY SCHOOL SYSTEM SUUUUUX" Whoa, some guy named Menino just wrote a Globe op-ed denouncing Boston's public education. Remind us: who's been running the schools for the past 20 years, again? Read more at thePhoenix.com/talkingpolitics 

< prev  1  |  2  | 
Related: The good, bad, and ugly in debate politics, Tom Menino's final term as mayor? Don't bet on it., Death knell for the local GOP?, More more >
  Topics: Talking Politics , Local Politics, Ed Markey, Talking Politics,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY DAVID S. BERNSTEIN
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   MRS. WARREN GOES TO WASHINGTON  |  March 21, 2013
    Elizabeth Warren was the only senator on the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, aside from the chair and ranking minority, to show up at last Thursday's hearing on indexing the minimum wage to inflation.
  •   MARCH MADNESS  |  March 12, 2013
    It's no surprise that the coming weekend's Saint Patrick's Day celebrations have become politically charged, given the extraordinary convergence of electoral events visiting South Boston.
  •   LABOR'S LOVE LOST  |  March 08, 2013
    Steve Lynch is winning back much of the union support that left him in 2009.
  •   AFTER MARKEY, GET SET, GO  |  February 20, 2013
    It's a matter of political decorum: when an officeholder is running for higher office, you wait until the election has been won before publicly coveting the resulting vacancy.
  •   RED BLUES: SCOTT BROWN EXPOSES THE EMPTY MASSACHUSETTS GOP BENCH  |  February 15, 2013
    It wasn't just that Scott Brown announced he was not running in the special US Senate election — it was that it quickly became evident that he was not handing the job off to another Republican.

 See all articles by: DAVID S. BERNSTEIN