In a state long enamored of progressive liberalism and Kennedy family lore, the dreaminess of liberal policies has run smack up against the harsh realities of dwindling job opportunities and deteriorating quality of life, scolds Keller, who has covered Massachusetts politics for nearly 30 years. Calling his state the "Brigadoon of 1960s liberalism," Keller castigates the self-satisfaction of aging baby boom Democrats who have taken the party's dominance for granted. Despite promises of social equality, the working class suffers under an exorbitant cost of living; despite promises of racial equality, segregation is still rampant and a black man only recently reached the office of governor; despite talk of educational reform, schools are still in decline. Keller details how the state with so much promise, under long control of idealistic liberals with a virtual blank check, has fallen so far from the mark. A member of the generation and privilege he criticizes, Keller writes with passion as well as long and deep knowledge of the politics of Massachusetts and its once proud heritage in national politics. Bush, Vanessa
Advance Praise for "The Bluest State"
"California and Texas, the 1st and 2nd largest states, have produced more serious presidential candidates than any other states. In third place is Massachusetts, the 13th largest state. Jon Keller has kept his gimlet eye on the politics of this state for many years, and The Bluest State explains how and why the Bay State keeps inflicting its politics on us."--Michael Barone, A Senior Writer for U.S. News & World Report and Co-author of The Almanac of American Politics