Running Outside the Box

By DAVID S. BERNSTEIN  |  January 18, 2013

But it's worth noting that the one recent success story for this path-clearing strategy, Warren, was viewed as a fresh-faced, gate-crashing outsider candidate — even as she leveraged support of party insiders.

In other words, she combined the outside-the-box image of Patrick with the inside-game advantages of Reilly.

Lifetime politician Markey will have a harder time doing that. Same for Beacon Hill's Murray and Grossman.

And that leaves the potential for a true gate-crasher to, perhaps, gain a following if they are willing to go up against the party's daunting political machinery. Kudos to those who try.


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