Last Time at the Dems: John Walsh
Posted 11/19/13 by Susan Wang
Last Tuesday we had former MA Democratic Party Chair John Walsh come and speak. John Walsh is a huge figure in both state and national politics who has already done a ton of cool things. He was the manager of Deval Patrick’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign, where he experimented with tactics that later proved integral to Obama’s 2008 success. Pretty awesome.
(sorry I know, more bad photos from my iPhone)
Walsh touched upon a couple interesting topics, including Massachusetts politics, a topic near and dear to my heart. Massachusetts is traditionally viewed as a reliably blue state. In the 1972 presidential election, Massachusetts was the only state besides D.C. to vote for the Democratic candidate, McGovern (we all know what happened after that election). However, state politics are not always so clear cut. In fact, before Patrick became governor, Massachusetts had 16 consecutive years of Republican governance. We are the state that produced Mitt Romney. So why do Democrats generally prevail in MA? Walsh has some ideas:
- Because Democrats are right about the issues
- Because Democrats are good at campaigning and starting grassroots movements
- Because Democrats draw from a deep talent pool and put up a wide range of candidates
What do you think? Thoughts about MA politics, politics in general, or my horrendous photo-taking abilities? Let us know here!