Will Warren and Patrick Be Rejected by Massachusetts? [OPINION]
There is the very real possibility that two of the most successful Democrats in Massachusetts will be rejected by their own state in the presidential primary.
Deval Patrick has much to be proud of as a Democrat in Massachusetts. He was the Democrat who busted up the coalition of voters who had elected three consecutive Republican governors in the Commonwealth. He was the first African American to be elected governor of Massachusetts, and one of the few African Americans so far elected as the governor of any state. He was also re-elected by the voters of Massachusetts to a second term when he defeated current Governor Charlie Baker in 2010.
Ten years is a long time and it is even longer in political years. That's how long it's been since Patrick last won an election in Massachusetts. I don't see a way that Deval beats Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Bernie Sanders, and former Vice President Joe Biden in Massachusetts on March 3. Massachusetts native Micheal Bloomberg, the highly successful businessman and mayor of New York City, is also going to run strong in his home state primary.
Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is also facing a potential rejection by her home state Democrats in the March primary. Although she has been elected statewide twice, there is a disconnect between Warren and the people who elected her over her Republican opponents for the Senate. She has some support from elected Democrats, such as Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley of Boston and former Governor Micheal Dukakis, but she has been outflanked by Joe Biden on this front.
So what happens after Warren and Patrick are rejected by the people that made them politically relevant in the first place?
Chris McCarthy is the host of The Chris McCarthy Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @Chris_topher_Mc. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.