The People Have Spoken : Obama, Warren, and Local Democrats Big Winners

November 14, 2012

Ten years ago this week, Revere voters joined with the rest of the Commonwealth in electing Mitt Romney as our governor, sending him on a trajectory that would take Romney within a whisker (or two) of becoming President of the United States. But a decade later, Revere joined with the rest of Romney’s  home state in rejecting his Presidential aspirations by a wide margin.

Similarly, two and a half years ago, a little-known Republican State Senator from Wrentham, Scott Brown, was chosen to fill the seat left by the late Ted Kennedy, a Democratic icon both here and across the country. Yet in Tuesday’s election, Brown found himself out of a job by a decisive margin, losing to Elizabeth Warren, a newcomer to the political scene.

America remains a deeply divided nation of red and blue states, but in Massachusetts, we have found a formula of moderation in every aspect of government that works well and that has resulted in our state ranking at the top for our public education system, for health care for our citizens, and in many other areas that measure the quality of life. We certainly are not perfect, but we understand that the radical Republican extremism exemplified by Presidential candidate Romney and Senator Brown is not the path to a better future for our state or our nation.

Beyond the immediate problems of taming the federal deficit and the myriad of issues we face globally, the biggest challenge facing President Obama and our other leaders is the preservation of the middle class in America. What has always set our nation apart from everyone else in the world has been the strength of our middle class. However, we do not need to read the grim statistics to know that even though the upper one percent is doing very well, the rest of us, the 99 percent,  are not. Economic mobility now is lower in our country than in most of the rest of the world and is shrinking every day as the very rich gobble up more and more of our national wealth.

We know that this issue is at the top of the agenda for Democrats, from President Obama, to Senator-elect Warren, to Congressman Ed Markey, to House Speaker Bob DeLeo and Rep. Kathi Anne Reinstein, to State Senator Anthony Petrucelli. We congratulate them on their great victories and we trust they will  continue to work to reverse a trend that began with Ronald Reagan and to lay the foundation for the restoration of the great American middle class in the years ahead.

  • linney

    REPUBLICAN EXTREMISM This state has more felons and more takers than most states in the union. How many of your dear politicians are in jail? Your dear Ted Kennedy killed a young girl. The unions in this state are disgraceful with there voter fraud and thuggish behavior. So Journal Staff think twice about your wonderful state.

  • jake

    Right, it was Obama who said that 47% of the country was basically useless whicn include of who our are Senior Citizens who served in the great wars and the unemployed in Revere (thanks GWB). They don’t count right? My guess.. your unemployed to and accepting State and Fed aid too. The founding fathers didn’t write the Constitution to have us bicker on social issues like prayer in school, immigration (were all immigrants) and abortion (womens right to choose). Keep showing the American people how polarizing the GOP Right Wing is and we’ll see Governor Patrick in the White House in 2016. I personally like Chris Christie..

  • peg

    the people of mass. keep voting for the demrat party. they have not figured out why our city and state and country is in so much trouble. this party is killing the middle class with its taxes . like washington they do not cut their budget .for them its easier to screw its citizens and tax them to death. they will blame anything or anybody for it. they simply will not take an honest look at their party. we do not stand a chance . instead of voting for whats best for the people they would rather vote for their party and to hell with with its people.this state is one of the worse to live in and they cannot figure out why. god help us

  • peg

    you have a pres. who is the one who preaches division rich against poor black against white. he is the divider in chef and you people who are his slave base believe him. since when was working hard all your life and making money was a bad thing. now to be a bottom feeder and collect gov. checks is the thing to do. please . any party dem. or rep. is not more important than whats best for its citizens .

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