In the next breath, though, Sciacca marvels at the lack of discussion surrounding the MCAS test. “Healey attacks Patrick for not being committed to the MCAS,” he observes. “But the candidates didn’t take the time to talk about whether there are differences between suburban and urban school systems; between mostly minority and mostly white school systems; about whether the teacher simply teaching to the MCAS has been bad for students.” He concludes: “Those kinds of deep discussions of issues are lacking in politics today. But I just don’t know if it’s the press’s obligation to raise them. I think it’s the candidates’.”
Perhaps. If the Globe had worked to turn the 2006 governor’s race into a protracted debate on the great challenges facing Massachusetts — and the rest of us had followed suit, and Patrick and Healey had played along — voters might never have seen Healey’s infamous garage-rape ad, which spoke volumes about her candidacy. Patrick, in turn, might not have sold himself as an inspirational change-agent — an approach which says something about the tone he’ll bring to governance.
Even so, considering all the ink that’s been spilled on this contest, the next four years are a lot fuzzier than they should be. What will a Patrick administration (or, in the event of a colossal upset, a Healey administration) actually mean for the fabric of state government? For daily life in Massachusetts? For the average voter’s bank account? Sorry, everyone. Better luck next time.
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