A few predictions for this November. Charlie Baker loses in his second effort to be governor. Incumbent John Tierney bests Richard Tisei. Republican challengers largely fail in their efforts to capture seats in the Massachusetts state Senate and House of Representatives. And for good measure, New Hampshire. Senator Jeanne Shaheen edges out transplant Scott Brown. There’s a theme here: Democrats win, and Republicans lose.
I could be wrong about any or all of these, of course. Each race has its own dynamics, and individual factors ranging from personality to campaign trail gaffes can influence outcomes. But there is a broad trend at play that deserves notice. Call it the rise of the progressives.