Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Moving Massachusetts Forward

After a quiet couple of weeks, it looks like the Reilly campaign has regrouped, rebounded, and is ready to answer alot of the questions that have been asked of it. One recurring question I've heard from some is "what's Attorney General Reilly's vision for the Commonwealth?" Fair question, and it looks like the answer is here.

Thus far, the AG had been fairly quiet on policy proposals, but thats no longer the case. The S.M.A.R.T. Initiative seems like the level headed, pragmatic proposal we'd expect from Reilly (further highlighting that January and February were an aberration). Before Patrick supporters jump, I know Deval Patrick has his own education plan, and it's just fine too. The point here, is that, in a rush to pile on in previous months, many have wrongly claimed that AG Reilly was running for the Corner Office just to run, and not because he had new ideas to get Massachusetts moving in the right direction ... forward. This plan, and the others that are to follow show thats not the case at all. Personally, it seems pretty S.M.A.R.T. to me.


Blogger Susan M. said...

Uh.. you do know that "Moving Massachusetts Forward" is the title that Deval Patrick has been using in his position papers for months, right?

I followed your link, but I ended up at a press release. Where is the proposal?

10:07 PM  
Blogger JumboDem said...

and Clinton talked about moving America forward, Mark Warner's got a PAC called "Moving Forward Together" ... pretty sure no candidate has the trademark on "moving forward" ... and I'm pretty sure it's more than a press release ... granted its not a 10 page PDF, but to each his own.

10:13 PM  
Blogger Susan M. said...

Certainly no trademark, but in this race "Moving Massachusetts Forward" is a tagline that most people will associate with Deval Patrick, so I find the use of that phrase here interesting.

And if, as you say, the AG has some ideas about governing Massachsetts, then he should put up something more substantial than a press release on his website. Deval Patrick has had detailed plans, not just PR with gimmicky acronyms, to "Move Massachusetts Forward" up on his website for months.

10:46 PM  
Blogger JumboDem said...

I don't know if I'd agree with that considering I've heard the AG using the phrase since at least the state committee meetings in the summer ... as for "gimmicky acronyms," c'mon. Diasgree with it if you like, say you prefer Patricks if you like, but leave the name calling at the door.

As for having lots of detailed plans, John Kerry had 'em ... and we all know how well they served him. (Not saying their good or bad either way ... I'm just saying, ya know?)

11:11 PM  
Blogger Susan M. said...

Name calling? Where do you get that out of me pointing out that the AG's press release contains gimmicky acronyms?

That's a ridiculous comment and it doesn't change the point that Deval Patrick has had detailed information about his plans for Moving Massachusetts Forward on his website for months and the AG still has nothing but a PR.

I don't need to call names. The AG is doing a fine enough job on his own of proving himself to be a unoriginal, half-assed candidate.

11:56 PM  
Blogger JumboDem said...

You what Susan, I'll give you that was a stretch, but what I should have said was, how many other proposals, plans or programs have started as "gimmicky acronyms"? I'm sure we could both list a lot.

And as to details vs. less specific outlines, I think we can agree that there's strengths to both, no?

I'll take the blame on the name calling, let me know your thoughts on the question above, don't you think there is a legitimate argument that getting too specific, or laying out too many specifics leaves you open great criticism, while less detailed plans that show your values and vision are more likely to appeal to voters?

7:13 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Well, call it a press release or a plan, whatever you wish, but it does seem to be short on substance.

There are a lot of low-cost and no-cost proposals there. Nothing wrong with that, but how effective is it to "convene a summit" or "encourage development" or "launch an information campaign" etc.? There are some things that would cost money as well. Hard to reconcile with a tax rollback, I'd say, since we don't seem to have enough money as it is to pay for education in this state.

10:38 AM  
Blogger JumboDem said...

that, I agree with 100% Michael. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I disagree with the rollback mainly because I think it hamstrings future proposals, like this. It doesn't allow you to go the extra mile and call for increased funding, etc.

11:18 AM  
Blogger Aaron said...

the rollback is justified by one simple reason: the voters asked for it.

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