Talk about your contrary impulses! Yesterday Massachusetts Republicans bet on the excitement of biography over the value of experience, putting a fresh new face in a serious place. Gabriel Gomez, whose only previous electoral outing was an unsuccessful race for Cohasset selectman, is now the GOP’s US Senate nominee.
The Democrats did just the opposite. Ed Markey is about as many decades removed as one can be from fresh-faced-ness and still be thought vital enough to serve a term or two in the US Senate. The long-time congressman ran as a reliable liberal stalwart who would fight the good progressive fights and push ahead on the issues that energize the Democratic base.