“Some of those cities have colleges and a lot of people in them love Obama.
“Obama comes here to back Markey. So do Clinton and company to make their case for him.
“A lot had probably never heard of him, but case made, case closed for Markey by three out of four voters.’’
“You’re saying he had no pull of his own,” I said.
“I’m not,” Freddy sad. “Of course he had. You don’t get to serve 36 years in Washington without earning more than brownie points back in your home lick. But that’s not enough for a Senate seat.
“Markey did more than butter bread for his constituents. Being a congressman includes being involved in larger issues, and the longer one’s in office, the more of those he has to deal with.
“That’s where party leadership does its thing, and if it says stand up and salute — well, Markey has been a good soldier.
“The way things are in Washington, there’s a lot of political soldiering going on in both houses. There was an empty seat in the Senate, and Obama needed a good soldier to fill it. Markey fit the bill.
“Understandable,” I said, “but what do you make of the realities when Gomez wins more of the cities and towns than Markey, but Markey wins?”
“Haven’t a clue, but something’s cooking,” Freddy said.
Bill Plante is a Newbury resident and staff columnist. His email address is email@example.com.