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The Bluest State : How Democrats Created the Massachusetts Blueprint for American Political Disaster - Jon Keller

The Bluest State

How Democrats Created the Massachusetts Blueprint for American Political Disaster

Paperback Published: 19th August 2008
ISBN: 9780312384906
Number Of Pages: 258

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What's Happened to Massachusetts?

At one time, Americans thought of Massachusetts with pride. It was the place where the charge against British oppression was incubated and first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought. What do Americans picture when they think of Massachusetts today? They think of taxes on everything that moves. They think of unctuous, doomed Presidential candidates from Michael Dukakis to John Kerry. And, most of all, they think of "Kennedy Country" - not the moderate politics of John F. Kennedy, Jr., but a place influenced by the ideology of his little brother, Ted, a punch line for bad political jokes and the relic of a dream gone bad. Over the past thirty years, Massachusetts has been the test kitchen for the baby boom's political impulses and instincts, with devastating results that have national implications. Unfortunately, the story of Massachusetts' decline has national implications. Other states share its problems. And the cautionary tale of their mishandling in Massachusetts speaks to a broader issue. What's gone wrong with the Democratic Party? Jon Keller, a veteran political commentator, shows how the collapse of the Massachusetts Miracle into the Massachusetts Miasma mirrors chronic failures within the Democratic Party and American liberalism in a timely warning to the party for the election ahead.

Jon Keller is widely acknowledged as the most respected political analyst in New England. His reports are seen daily on WBZ-TV, Boston's CBS affiliate, where he also hosts a weekly political interview program and writes a daily blog. His morning commentaries on WBZ radio reach over half a million commuters.

At one time, many Americans thought of Massachusetts with nationalistic pride. It was the place where the charge against British oppression was incubated and the first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought. Veteran political commentator Jon Keller observes a dramatic change in the nation's collective opinion of the state. Keller writes that Americans now associate Massachusetts with extensive taxes. They think of unctuous, doomed Presidential candidates like Michael Dukakis and John Kerry. Many think of "Kennedy Country"--not the moderate politics of John F. Kennedy, Jr., but a place influenced by the ideology of his younger brother, Ted, who has become a punch line for bad political jokes and the relic of a dream and a lineage shadowed by failure and misfortune.
Over the past thirty years, Keller says, Massachusetts has been the test kitchen for the baby boom's political impulses and instincts, the results of which have taken a toll on the state, and have negative implications for the nation, as well. Keller believes that other states share Massachusetts' problems, and the mishandling of major issues in Massachusetts speaks to a broader issue within the Democratic Party. The author shows how the collapse of the "Massachusetts Miracle" into the Massachusetts miasma mirrors chronic failures within America's liberal politics. "The Bluest State "is his warning to Democrats across the country.

"Keller exposes the gaping hypocrisy between soaring, Kennedy-esque political ideals and the state's harsher realities, which are far removed from Camelot."--"The Boston Globe
""Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, a Senior Writer for "U.S. News & World Report" and co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics
""Keller, a political commentator on Boston's CBS affiliate, argues that the politics of 'the bluest state' are a flawed template for the national Democratic Party. He conflates the Republican electoral victory in 2004 and what he considers to be the failures of the State Democratic leadership, reserving his most vehement criticism for Ted Kennedy, whom he considers the eminence grise. Keller relies heavily on interviews and anecdotes to make the case that Massachusetts Democrats have led their state into economic disaster because of their callous disregard for the bulk of the electorate: blue-collar workers. He accuses Kennedy Democrats of mouthing liberal rhetoric but ignoring the effects of high taxes, escalating real-estate values and loss of jobs on the average working man, and he faults former Massachusetts Republican Governor Mitt Romney for signing the Democratic-sponsored universal health-coverage bill . . . While Keller's major attack is against his fellow Democrats, he also targets 'boomer liberalism' and calls the uproar surrounding former Harvard President Larry Summers' remarks about women scientists a 'liberal jihad.'"--"Kirkus Reviews
""In a state long enamored of progressive liberalism and Kennedy family lore, the dreaminess of liberal policies has run smack up against the harsh realities of dwindling job opportunities and deteriorating quality of life, scolds Keller, who has covered Massachusetts politics for nearly 30 years. Calling his state the 'Brigadoon of 1960s liberalism, ' Keller castigates the self-satisfaction of aging baby boom Democrats who have taken the party's dominance for granted. Despite promises of social equality, the working class suffers under an exorbitant cost of living; despite promises of racial equality, segregation is still rampant and a black man only recently reached the office of governor; despite talk of educational reform, schools are still in decline. Keller details how the state with so much promise, under long control of idealistic liberals with a virtual blank check, has fallen so far from the mark. A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics."--Vanessa Bush, "Booklist"

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"Keller exposes the gaping hypocrisy between soaring, Kennedy-esque political ideals and the state's harsher realities, which are far removed from Camelot." --The Boston Globe

"A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics." --Booklist

"Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and The Bluest State explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us." --Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report and Co-author of The Almanac of American Politics

"A scathing critique of the Massachusetts political (and politically correct) establishment. A 'must-read'." --South Boston Online Keller exposes the gaping hypocrisy between soaring, Kennedy-esque political ideals and the state's harsher realities, which are far removed from Camelot. "The Boston Globe"

A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics. "Booklist"

Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us. "Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report and Co-author of The Almanac of American Politics"

A scathing critique of the Massachusetts political (and politically correct) establishment. A 'must-read'. "South Boston Online"" "Keller exposes the gaping hypocrisy between soaring, Kennedy-esque political ideals and the state's harsher realities, which are far removed from Camelot."--The Boston Globe

"A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics."--"Booklist"

"Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for "U.S. News & World Report" and Co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics"

"A scathing critique of the Massachusetts political (and politically correct) establishment. A 'must-read'."--South Boston Online "Keller exposes the gaping hypocrisy between soaring, Kennedy-esque political ideals and the state's harsher realities, which are far removed from Camelot."-The Boston Globe

"A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics."--"Booklist"

"Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for "U.S. News & World Report" and Co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics"

"A scathing critique of the Massachusetts political (and politically correct) establishment. A 'must-read'."--South Boston Online "Keller exposes the gaping hypocrisy between soaring, Kennedy-esque political ideals and the state's harsher realities, which are far removed from Camelot."--The Boston Globe"A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics."--"Booklist"

"Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for "U.S. News & World Report" and Co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics"

"A scathing critique of the Massachusetts political (and politically correct) establishment. A 'must-read'."--South Boston Online Advance Praise for "The Bluest State" "California and Texas, the 1st and 2nd largest states, have produced more serious presidential candidates than any other states. In third place is Massachusetts, the 13th largest state. Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for "U.S. News & World Report" and Co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics" Advance Praise for " The Bluest State" "California and Texas, the 1st and 2nd largest states, have produced more serious presidential candidates than any other states. In third place is Massachusetts, the 13th largest state. Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and "The Bluest State" explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for "U.S. News & World Report" and Co-author of "The Almanac of American Politics"

ISBN: 9780312384906
ISBN-10: 0312384904
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 258
Published: 19th August 2008
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.18 x 14.12  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.28

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