Entries in MassPoliticsProfs by Peter Ubertaccio
Is the 2018 Massachusetts gubernatorial election a repeat of 1970 or 1974? Depends on which party you ask.
Republicans see a repeat of 1970 while Democrats hope to turn the election into 1974. In their zeal, however, Democrats risk misreading the public mood by firing off trumped up charges that couldn’t deliver Cushman’s bread, let along victory (ask Professor Mo).
Since Senators have been directly elected in 1913, most reelection attempts are successful in Massachusetts. That's true around the country as well. A full 90% of Senators seeking reelection were successful this past November.
Here at home, only one Democrat, Senator David I. Walsh has been defeated in a reelection attempt, though on two separate occasions. I’ve been thinking of Walsh while ruminating over a data point in the recent poll that finds only 44 % of voters think Senator Elizabeth Warren “deserves reelection.”
"A republic, if you can keep it."
Benjamin Franklin's response in 1787 to a question on whether we had a monarchy or a republic reminds us still of our civic obligations. The people, Franklin warned us, must be active citizens, not merely consenting to be governed but ongoing participants in the affairs of the nation.