Sometimes politics truly can create strange bedfellows.
Sarah Palin and her Tea Party Express will converge across from my office on the Boston Common tomorrow and I, for one, wouldn’t miss it for the world. Neither apparently would Timothy Cahill, the once Democratic Massachusetts state treasurer now running as an independent for governor. His spokeswoman told The Boston Globe that he and his lieutenant governor running mate, Paul Loscocco, will both attend the rally along with supporters, who will collect signatures and wave “Tim for Governor’’ signs.
But two of the state’s most prominent Republicans suddenly find themselves very busy with more pressing matters. Newly elected Sen. Scott Brown, who relied heavily on tea party volunteers for his surprising upset victory early this year in a special election to fill Sen. Ted Kennedy’s seat, will be in Washington, D.C., The Globe reports.
Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charles Baker, who is attempting to unseat Democratic incumbent Deval Patrick, will be about an hour away at the Massachusetts Senior Care Association’s conference in Worcester. “We finalized his schedule over a month in advance, and it’s part of the campaign — you can’t make every event,” Baker’s spokesman told The Globe. Not even one expected to draw 3,000 certified tea-drinking “patriots” screaming to “take our country back?”
Now I can’t really blame either Brown or Baker for doing the Back Bay Shuffle when faced with Palin’s red-hot rhetoric in this generally civilized and center-left state. But with Cahill, the elected Democrat, clinging to her coattails, the choreography in Massachusetts and other more centrist states should get interesting this fall’s campaign as the tea party gets squarely in the face of incumbents.
I, of course, have my own agenda tomorrow: To measure decibels, count three-corner hats and look for signs that the Minute Men have risen from the dead to rally by Sarah P.’s side. I wonder. Do you think she’ll interview herself on Fox News after the event?