Tilting at Windmills

Schectman's shadow

Yesterday in the Cape Cod Times, we were treated to an editorial on Cape Wind. It looked however, alot like an endorsement of Tom Reilly, candidate for the democratic nomination for Governor. But make no mistake, it was “another in the series of occasional editorials on the wind farm”.

The Times editors went out of their way, way out of their way, to find something nice to say about Tom Reilly, other than he opposes Cape Wind. Like “he has command of the issues”.  Like “he promises to make the largest investment in UMASS” in its history. (Like that’s a burning issue…on Cape Cod.) “Reilly fully grasps the complex issues facing the state”, that's why he opposes this renewable energy project, unlike 80% of the state’s residents who support it.

Fortunately, we were also treated to a rare editorial yesterday in The Boston Globe. In a well written and more importantly, thoughtful presentation of a candidate’s position on the issues, they “strongly endorse” Deval Patrick for the gubernatorial primary on September 19th.

“Deval Patrick sees the comprehensive picture”. “He shows vision and independence, being the first to support Cape Wind” putting the project into perspective, as the catalyst for future economic growth and job creation that the state desperately needs.

The Globe singled out many of his positions on the issues but also pointed to his experience and yes, the leadership that Patrick would bring to the office as the reason for their endorsement.

After all the energy that The Cape Cod Times has put into derailing the windmills, it was no surprise that they would endorse their Don Quixote. And just like the old Spaniard tilting at the windmills, The Cape Cod Times is rowing against the tide of public opinion.

Tom Reilly has done his level best to sabotage his own campaign. A little help from The Cape Cod Times at this point serves no real purpose. Surely they know that he’s lost the nomination, just like they know that they’ve lost the public relations battle over the wind farm.

"Rewarding Reilly”, as The Times titled their editorial, is exactly what they are doing. Rewarding him for his opposition to Cape Wind. Who knew it would be such a losing proposition, for both of them?

Apparently Cliff Schectman, the erstwhile and former Editor of The Cape Cod Times, still casts a very long dark shadow over his former paper.

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