New England's brand of Republicanism is certainly on the decline. But the inability of the state party to engage in the long term work of party building that's necessary to bring people into its organization by asking for their affirmative participation has hastened its demise.
Politics as usual dictates that Republicans and Democrats have to win at each other's expense. But as William Weld and the Legislature demonstrated in Massachusetts, it is possible for both parties to win.
What is this thing between public officials and their drivers? Why do public officials appoint them to positions of great power and responsibility while paying so little attention to their credentials?
As the Monday holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday approaches, perhaps the Coakley team would be wise to remind the state's voters of the principles that they and the Democratic Party stand for.