Show me a Republican who campaigns in our big cities and supports innovative environmental ideas, and I'll show you someone who can become our next governor.
Charlie Baker, the GOP presumptive gubernatorial nominee, now sees which way the wind is blowing. Since progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything else, this is good news for Bay State voters this November.
In his first, unsuccessful run for the Corner Office in 2000 he opposed Cape Wind and ignored working class cities like New Bedford during his campaign.
Since Mr. Baker is the odds on favorite to become the Bay State's next governor, it's nice to see he can change his mind in both these areas.
Cape Wind is a "done deal" says Charlie Baker
In Monday's Southeastern Massachusetts daily newspaper, The Standard Times, he said he has dropped his opposition to Cape Wind, which he told the newspaper's editorial board was a "done deal."
Baker is further quoted saying he "recognizes that offshore commercial wind is pricey now compared to other types of energy generation, but he said he sees 'no reason' that technology and competition in the developing marketplace won't make commercial offshore wind competitive".
Following Deval Patrick's 2006 path to Beacon Hill
After the 2006 election, the Boston Globe credited Deval Patrick's early support of Cape Wind as the determining factor which won him his first term as governor.
Charlie Baker opposed Cape Wind in his 2010 loss to Deval Patrick, but he doesn't plan to make that mistake a second time.
Urban Massachusetts was like a foreign country to Charlie Baker in his last run, but this time he is no longer campaigning only in wealthy suburban towns and ignoring big city, mostly Democratic, voters.
This could be of significant benefit to New Bedford and the efforts to build a rail link to the South Coast to say nothing of its hope to become the offshore wind port for the state.
The Standard-Times editorial adds "Baker said it now looks as if South Coast Rail will eventually win the necessary environmental permits it needs for construction to start and, with more than $2 billion already appropriated for it by the Legislature, he said he is 'now open to moving that forward.'"
It's divine to change one's mind, and look at the competition
Charlie is no longer acting like a Tea Party Republican, and his ability to change his mind on two fundamentals like these bodes well for his pursuit of the governor's chair, especially since the two two Democrats vying for the job are flawed.
Martha Coakley is a terrible campaigner, witness her loss to Scott Brown, and Stephen Grossman lacks the necessary good looks and charm so desired by voters today.
And Charlie Baker has obviously read Ralph Waldo Emerson who said it best, "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines."