Keller @ Large: Deval Patrick For President?

By Jon Keller, WBZ

BOSTON (CBS) — “Would you like to be president?” my colleague Karen Anderson asked Governor Patrick yesterday at the State House.

“Oh, gracious, no!” he replied, explaining that he’s backing President Obama for a second term, which of course was not the question Karen asked him. But never fear, the governor went on to clarify the situation, telling Karen: “My next thing after this is to, first of all, finish these four years and then go back into the private sector.”

Well, actually, that tells us nothing, because assuming Obama wins a second term the Democratic race to succeed him wouldn’t begin until well after the governor’s term is over. But at his press conference yesterday, the governor truly, finally put an end to any presidential speculation, saying: “I don’t have any plans or interest in running.”

Watch Jon’s piece on WBZ-TV

Well, that’s reassuring – or is it? Saying you have no plans or interest in running is not the same as saying you won’t ever run; in fact, it’s a pretty conscious effort NOT to say never.

Anyway, that’s the sum total of the governor professed disinterest in succeeding his pal in the White House.

Now, the countering evidence: Patrick and Obama are both clients of political consultant David Axelrod, the closest thing there is a Democratic presidential kingmaker. Obama gave his political career a boost by writing an inspirational autobiography; now Patrick has done the same. Both men are experts in the art of campaigning. Both have egos the size of Mount Washington, as do most bigtime pols.

Listen to Jon’s commentary from WBZ NewsRadio 1030

So is Governor Patrick following a familiar script to put himself in position for a possible 2016 run for higher office? He sure seems to be, and as long as he doesn’t give the state short shrift in the process, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with it. By playing super coy, he is doing nothing differently from any of his ultra-ambitious predecessors.

But I can’t help but think the same thing I thought when Dukakis, Kerry, Weld, and Romney all played this same game with us – just who do you think you’re fooling?

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m.  You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • emom

    OMG HE BETTER NOT EVEN THINK OF RUNNING,, the only thing he should do is runn , but far away from this state… hack wanna be.

  • Stephen Gitmo

    Just what we need another “tax & spend liberal” to destroy America further. The Governor should worry about his two billion dollar short-fall this year for our bankrupt state.

  • mikey

    Beam me up Scotty! – this place is cooked.

  • blackbear1

    You cannot be serious!!! This “Soft As Silk” far leftist is an unsuitable Governor, how can you possibly think of him for any higher office. He is where he is only because the democratic party stronghold in this state ignores the average citizen and strongarms their own “Symbolic” candidate into office. Every stand this guys takes is an outrage. He will allow criminals and illegals run rampant. Keller, was this your idea? What is wrong with you?

  • Sean

    PLEASE PLEASE say it ain’t so!!! He’s terrible.

  • markthefoamguy

    All you need to do is listen to his comments from yesterday about how he supports the President AND his agenda – an agenda he says “mirrors what we’re trying to do here in Massachusetts” to know that Duh-val being elected President would surely be the end of this great republic. I really, really hope the American people aren’t that stupid.

  • alpha

    As much as some Republicans want to deny it, John Kerry came within a few thousand votes in Ohio of stealing the 2004 Presidential election from Dubya. That’s a scary thought for some of them.

    Unfortunately, that WILL NOT happen with Deval Partick, should he run. Sadly, I fear it would be a landslide against him… not even close except in the bluest of blue states.

    • BostonIrish

      John Kerry is an embarrassment along with Obama, Frank, Patrick and the Pelosi/Reid windbags. Patrick won’t get in the top office. The People are too smart to let it happen.

      • mikey

        ” Chain, chain, chain – chain, chain, chain – chain of fools “

  • FireGuyFrank

    Please so it ain’t so, Jon. Massachusetts is embarrassed enough with Barney Frank, right?

  • StanleyRamon

    Hopefully, once he works the kinks out of Mass. unique health care plan, which has provided insurance for everyone, Deval Patrick can focus on running for President and continuing the good work that Obama has started. By that time, the dire straights that Republicans put us in will have been turned around, and Deval can concentrate his efforts on a single payer health system for the entire country.

    • BostonIrish

      And here come the elephants flying out of….

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  • taxedout

    He’s got my vote!!!!!! Anything to get him out of here!!!! The people are to smart to let something like that happen……That’s what I thought before the last election!!!!

  • emom

    Are you sure its flying elephants,, cause I am thinking its flying monekys or maybe flying hyniena’s,, since they laugh at you instead of barking.,,, HE IS STILL A HUGE JOKE AND FULL OF HIMSLEF…

    • blackbear1

      YES HE IS!!!

  • emom

    OMG I AM IN THE LAND OF OZ,,,,, CLICK …. CLICK….. CLICK…. DARN IT ,, he is still here,,, plan B

  • Deval Patrick’s Tired Star Turn « CBS Boston

    […] Presidential name-floater, senatorial hopeful, CEO on the make for the choicest board of director slots, or just retro-egomaniac, it really doesn’t matter what brand of soap the new Patrick PAC (YesPAC? WePac? Or CanPac? So many choices) winds up peddling. It can’t be good for us, this all too familiar retro-new politics, whatever self-serving goal it’s striving for. […]

  • taxedout

    Now thinking about cutting Phys wards beds in the state, next your Blind uncles bennies, and your hungry kids food at school. maybe instead of 15 sick days a year for teachers they could cut back to 10 and use that money??? Nah We have cut to the bone!!! Yeah your bone!!!!

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