Deval's DeVille: the subtext

Hey, what's the deal with blacks and Cadillacs?!?

I know. "DeVille" sounds like "Deval." And the Herald just whacked Patrick for using a helicopter (!) to fly from one end of the state to the other--just like Jane Swift, except that Swift used a helicopter for personal reasons, and Patrick didn't, but whatever.

That said, there's an obvious thematic similarity between today's Herald cover story and Ronald Reagan's old welfare-queen shtick. The Gipper wanted us to think that black women who should have been living within their means were using government handouts to buy fancy cars. Here, we've got a black governor who should be living within the state's means ("The example of being frugal really needs to start with him," says Republican state senator Richard Tisei) using goverment money to lease a fancy car.

One other thing: the Herald gives us the base price for Patrick's car ($42,000) and for the Crown Victorias favored for government use ($26,000). But they don't give us the base price for the car ex-Gov. Mitt Romney drove--which, according to an unnamed Patrick aide, is no longer in production. That information would be helpful.
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