Hey, Boston: Can we have a mayoral race going at all times?
Seriously, I don’t want this to end. Just as Massachusetts seemed mired in an endless string of nasty campaigns — complete with barn jackets and houses in Maryland and Native American cookbooks and fearmongering negative ads — along came an eerily positive democratic exercise.
We have before us a group of 12 candidates who, almost to a person, are credible, likable, fluent in city policy, engaged with neighborhoods and affinity groups, and respectful of one another, having shared the stage at what seems like 30,000 candidate forums. They tease each other gently and band together, when need be, in the face of petulant moderators.
Even their TV ads are positive. Though totally unnecessary.
This is the single truly disappointing thing about the campaign: The fact that many candidates felt the need to engage in an air war at all. Beyond subsidizing TV stations and entertaining suburbanites, what do they hope to achieve? The preliminary election on Sept. 24 will be won on shoe leather, personal contact, detailed conversations, and serious efforts to get out the vote.
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