• Why Not! Deval Patrick Throws His Hat into the Democrat-for-President Ring

    Surge Summary: Former Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick has entered the Democratic presidential race — a decidedly late entry. Many believe Patrick would not have made this move without Obama’s okay. Even so,  this far along in the primary process, Deval’s success is a long shot. 

    As expected, on Thursday Deval Patrick, former governor of Massachusetts who now works for Bain Capital, stepped into the Democratic race for the White House:

    John Johnson/Newser quotes him:

    “In a spirit of profound gratitude for all the country has given to me, with a determination to build a better, more sustainable, more inclusive American dream for the next generation, I am today announcing my candidacy,” Patrick said in a video, per CNN.

    The Atlantic’s Edward-Isaac Dovere  reminds us an important part of the 63-year-old erstwhile pol’s resume is his long friendship with former president Barack Obama.

    The gist of the analysis—and a similar one from Ed Kilgore at Intelligencer—is that Patrick may be a truer ideological heir to Obama than Joe Biden.

    Don’t expect Obama to issue any endorsements. But “multiple people who know both men told me that they can’t imagine Patrick moving forward with a presidential campaign without him talking it through with Obama to get a frank assessment of his chances,” writes Dovere. Kilgore agrees: “The question you have to answer is whether Patrick would even be considering a race without Obama’s tacit approval.”

    What is also likely, is that Patrick’s late entry into the contest is a big problem. It’s been reported his ex-president friend encouraged him to run as early as 2017, but Patrick took a pass back then. Had he decided otherwise?  Things very probably could be much different at the moment.

    Dovere writes, as things currently stand a successful candidacy “will require magic of Frank Capra–esque proportions.”

    It’s safe to say another prominent Northeasterner, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a late-comer who is also running as a Dem candidate, is rolling the dice on some of that “magic” as well.

    H/T: John Johnson/Newser

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