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Just Words

April 16, 2011

Some of you may recall Deval Patrick’s memorable 2006 speech, two weeks out from election day, titled “Just Words” (BHO also lifted this speech for his 2008 presidential run).

It was the nail in the coffin for Kerry Healey’s campaign, which had argued that all Deval Patrick had to offer was flowery rhetoric and “words.” Of course, Healey’s campaign was also bogged down by her negative attacks, and snarky and dismissive (as opposed to optimistic) rhetoric (sound familiar?)

Here’s the speech:

It’s a wonderful speech—thoughtful, inspiring, aggressive—and yet, after a bumbling first term, and a second term marred by companies fleeing the state (taking jobs with them), an overseas “trade mission,” and a book tour, this speech may forever be relegated to the annals of Massachusetts political history exactly as the prophetic Healey warned:

Just words.

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