isn't just a relatively thrilling circus that the Statehouse hosts
once every four years. It's also the most superficial and elaborate
production that the legislature acts in – and, as Beacon Hill
observers are aware, these are some of the most splendid actors in
the commonwealth, skilled enough to nurture token news items into
weeks of political theater.
in the the press balcony, snapping pics, playing “Look At That
Comb-Over,” and analogizing. More than a circus or stage show,
yesterday the House floor resembled a high school locker room without
the sweat and towels, complete with boorish cheering, outcasts
keeping to themselves, and losers brown-nosing the team heroes.
Nothing new, really.
the students at their desks, Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray delivered
an inspired community-minded speech. He doesn't hit the high notes
like Governor Deval Patrick, but the former Worcester mayor's
anecdote about a struggling mom earned the first genuine applause of
the day. The speech was exceptionally honest, and perhaps one of the
lieutenant governor's finest moments in state government.
set the perfect volley for the governor to pitch a daring
declaration: “Being first in the nation is a good start – being
first in the world is where we're headed.” Patrick learned to own
the podium in his recent race, and he carried that gusto into his
inaugural with an ambiguous but powerful address. Let the pundits
analyze; I say it was an exciting day – especially the part when
everybody got to eat cake.