I Had a Dream

We in Massachusetts had assumed that there would be a silver lining to the November elections. Sure, we thought, the country may be getting a young president of unprecedented inexperience during very difficult times, and that's certainly a bad thing. But the election of Barack Obama would lead, we believed, to John Kerry being offered the job of Secretary of State. After all he'd done for Barack, that seemed a no-brainer. Finally, we would be done with the endlessly 'serving' junior senator, and that would be no small compensation for the Obama victory.
No sooner had John Kerry won re-election than he refused to rule out the possibility he might give up his Senate seat for a position in the Obama administration.
He also broadened his definition of service to Massachusetts, suggesting he could provide it whether he was one of the state's U.S. senators or held some other post under President-elect Barack Obama.
As icing on the cake, we figured there had to be some low level job in the new administration that would be appropriate for our hapless Governor, Deval Patrick. Deval, after all, is a stable-mate of Barack's.
In 2006, Axelrod consulted for several campaigns, including for the successful campaigns of Eliot Spitzer in New York's gubernatorial election and for Deval Patrick in Massachusetts's gubernatorial election.
So, while the election of Barack might have been a tragedy to those who believe in the U.S. Constitution, we figured we'd get our payback with the relief we'd be given from Deval and Kerry. Now, however, the Secretary of State position has been given to Hillary, and the chances of Deval being sent to Washington seem weaker each day. It turns out that Barack is a good judge of talent, at least so far as staying away from the liberals from Massachusetts, and for this, I must, commend him. Sad as the whole thing makes me.