At the start of the election cycle, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick was seen as one of the most obviously endangered incumbent Democrats. After the Scott Brown victory, Patrick's weakness was even more obvious, and in the spring the RGA spent big on discrediting independent candidate Tim Cahill to drive his voters to Republican Charlie Baker. Even though that worked, I
see that Patrick is still leading Baker
by 5 points; indeed, he has never trailed Baker. The
The state has added about 60,000 jobs in the past six months, while theunemployment rate has dropped more than half a point. Employment duringthat period expanded at a 4 percent annual rate, about quadruple thenational pace.
It's actually the second-fastest growing state, after Texas, which confounds no small amount of wisdom about how liberal economics are wrecking America. That and an imperfect Baker campaign have the possibility of rescuing Patrick, which would be a huge symbolic victory for Democrats who are going to spend November 3 wondering if Barack Obama can be re-elected. Of course, Massachusetts is also home to the Barney Frank seat, which if lost will induce some fresh liberal panic.