Sunday, January 04, 2009

Donovan the Practical Progressive?

When reporters and commentators say of the new Speaker of the State House of Representatives Chris Donovan that he is "progressive" but "practical," one of two thoughts come to mind: 1) that Donovan as Speaker intends to search out practical ways of legislatively fleshing out his progressive agenda, or 2) that he is not all that progressive to being with. He’s really a moderate, the kind of politician most loved by putatively non-ideological news makers. This last postulate is anti-historical, because Donovan’s entire political career has been a joyous dance around the progressive May Pole.
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