Endorsement or not, Deval Patrick is Barack Obama's guy

If I were one of those phony political consultants, I would have charged Deval Patrick an initial $100,000 for taking my advice to run for president.

Since I am not, I will waive the fee.

I gave the former Massachusetts governor that advice in a political column that ran in the Boston Herald on Sept. 21.

The headline read, “Deval Patrick should throw his hat into presidential ring.” I wrote that former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, was toast. And that was before his meandering and slow-motion campaign confronted the fallout from his son Hunter Biden’s questionable deals in the Ukraine.

Biden’s collapse is leaving the Democrat field open to frontrunners Elizabeth Warren, 70, and Bernie Sanders, 77, the Ma and Pa of the Socialist takeover of the Democratic Party.

I wrote: “While Warren has a net worth of $12 million, and Sanders owns three homes, they are determined to destroy people who have been financially successful in order to pay for their free stuff promises.

“Like good Socialists, Ma and Pa want to take from people who work and earn to give to people who do neither, but who live off people who do, while forcing the middle class to pay for it all.”

Since Barack Obama is now one of the rich people that the Democrats want to savage through confiscatory taxation — he just bought a $15 million, 29-acre estate on Martha’s Vineyard — he might want to help elect the next president to  protect his wealth and his legacy. Who better than Deval Patrick?

So, all he had to do was get his good friend Deval to run for president, which Patrick once thought of doing anyway. The only other threat out there is South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, a flash in the pan.

The Democrats running for president are about as uninspiring a group of candidates that you will find. There is no campaign energy, no excitement, no compelling reason to tune in. Watching the debates is like watching paint dry. They have taken the party so far to the left that even Leon Trotsky would vote Republican

You can understand why Obama has not endorsed any of them, including Joe Biden, his former vice president.

Obama was looking for someone like himself to support. And he found him.

So, here comes Deval Patrick, St. Barack’s candidate. And despite his mixed record as governor, Patrick is a solid liberal who will bring energy to the lackluster Democratic campaign. He is articulate, charismatic and can deliver a spellbinding speech.

He will seek to pull the left leaning party back into the mainstream of U.S. political thought. While Patrick and all the others hold President Trump in contempt, Patrick knows that hate does not win elections. To win you need ideas, common sense and an achievable agenda.

In addition, with two terms as governor, as well as a background in the U.S. Justice Department and as a businessman working for Texaco and Coca Cola, Patrick, 63, is more qualified for the job than Sanders, Warren or Buttigieg.

There is no question that Patrick is Obama’s candidate, no matter what either man says publicly. There is  no way Patrick, who was working for Bain Capital, would be running if it were not for Obama and his small circle of friends pushing him. These people are also friends with Patrick.

These include Michelle Obama, Valerie Jarrett, a close friend of both Obamas, Susan Rice, David Axelrod, Obama’s longtime strategist and adviser, and Obama himself. All have urged Patrick to run in the past.

Patrick and Obama have Chicago roots and connections. Patrick helped Obama when Obama first ran for the Senate in 2004. Obama helped Patrick when Patrick ran for governor in 2006. They shared campaign aides, ideas and slogans. They vacationed together at Martha’s Vineyard. Patrick, like Obama, will win the black and minority vote.

Warren, Sanders and Biden will all be hurt by Patrick’s entry into the campaign because Obama is with Patrick, and not with any of them.

It is true that Obama has not endorsed Patrick. That is something he cannot do while Biden remains in the race. But that endorsement will come as Biden continues to falter and fade or drops out of the race. Right now, Patrick will settle for a pat on the back. But he is Obama’s guy.

(And, Deval, there is no charge for this column.)



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