BOSTON (CBS) – I attended Wednesday’s Democratic Party unity rally in the wake of Ed Markey’s big primary win over Stephen Lynch, and it was all smiles for the party functionaries.

They lapped up Markey’s stump speech about how Gabriel Gomez and the Republicans want to violate women’s rights, put kids at risk by keeping guns readily available, torture seniors by cutting their benefits, and otherwise dial back our society to the time of Cro-Magnon man.

It was all pretty predictable, and par for the partisan course.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

After all, the Republicans have already started giving Markey a brisk pounding. In his concession speech Tuesday night, GOP candidate Dan Winslow called Markey “the lobbyist’s candidate,” and “the weakest candidate that the Democratic machine has nominated for the U.S. Senate in living history.”

But there was something about the Congressman’s remarks that was a little troubling.

Unless I dozed off briefly and missed it, Markey said nothing about jobs and the economy.

Later Wednesday, I caught up with Gomez, who also pointed out Markey’s omission. But beyond bemoaning joblessness, debt and the deficit, Gomez so far has had little to say on those subjects himself. His website statements on economic issues are an exercise in avoidance.

Meanwhile, economic malaise rolls on, here and overseas. Even China is now stalled.

And neither party seems to have much of a clue what to do about it.

So, what else is new?

But their political failure, both nationally and locally, to even discuss the issue in any meaningful way is demoralizing. We deserve better, I think.

So, when are we going to start demanding better?

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Jon Keller


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