He’s saying that the district is more conservative than it was, and he can’t win re-election. I hope he’s right, but I suspect it’s due more to the fact that he doesn’t want to expose himself publicly given the mood of the electorate.
Whatever happened in the rest of the old district Barney was always going to win the primary because of the liberals in Newton and Brookline and he was always going to win the general election because New Bedford at the other end of the district would always give a lot of votes to the Democrats.
They weren't necessarily liberals in New Bedford, but they were overwhelmingly Democrats. Now that New Bedford's in another district, there's a chance that the district could be more competitive. Some of the towns along I-495 that are included in the new district and weren't in the old one just might go for a Republican.
I hope hes right, but I suspect its due more to the fact that he doesnt want to expose himself publicly given the mood of the electorate.
Barney's messes were fresher last time and didn't give him any trouble at the polls. The man has no shame, and voters, whether they're yellow dog Democrats in New Bedford or die hard liberals in Newton and Brookline, didn't hold him to any kind of standard.
Barney's a classic example of somebody who came in as an outsider and a reformer and ended up more corrupt than the old machine. He has all the arrogance of an old ward-heeler about power and adds the intellectual arrogance of a Harvard liberal.
“...he doesnt want to expose himself publicly...”
Now that sounds kind of creepy.
Uh, maybe he doesn’t want to face the public in the light of day, but somehow I don’t think he has enough moral sense not to expose himself publicly. LOL