Magazine August 29, 2016, Issue

Charlie Baker’s Success

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker (Rick Friedman/ via Getty)
The Massachusetts governor resembles an older variety of conservative

Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker is the anti–Donald Trump. He is even-tempered, skilled at working with his political opponents, compassionate, and quite possibly the most wonkish governor in America. He is certainly the most popular, a remarkable accomplishment for a Republican in one of the bluest states in the Union. That Baker should be going so strong in the age of Trump attests to the strange varieties of American federalism and should encourage Republicans who still believe that the path to power runs through serious policymaking.

Elected in 2014, Baker is now halfway through his second year as governor, though he’s been

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