I know it's a little early to be getting too deep into the gubernatorial race here in the Bay State but Charlie Baker, the Republican nominee, has caught my ear. This guy is saying a lot of right things and he sounds intelligent when saying them.
Once the race starts getting heated up and the GOP starts shipping money in from out of state, Baker is going to look electable. Unfortunately, the national story is going to be that another Republican takes a big prize away from Massachusetts Dems if he wins. Deval Patrick will be running against Baker and the Scott Brown revolution. But, Baker actually sounds like he wants to put the state's fiscal house in order.
You know, the governor in Massachusetts doesn't have a whole lot of power, there's always too many Democrats on Beacon Hill to allow that. But, having a Republican in the corner office doesn't always turn out to be a bad thing. State government seemed to work a little smoothly when William Weld held the seat.
Baker worked for Weld and maybe that mixture of checks & balances might be what this state needs, again. The bad thing is, if Baker wins the national press is going to play it up as a movement. And, it could turn in to a movement with a life of its own. This is how Martha Coakly's blunder can cause a real problem!