The Campaign Spot

Deval Patrick to U.S. Attorney?

NRO’s Fred Schwarz calls my attention to this item in the New York Post’s Page Six gossip column:

WE HEAR THAT Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, an old friend of President Obama, won’t replace David Souter on the US Supreme Court when he retires after the current session. Badly sagging in the latest polls, Patrick will be rescued with an appointment to the vacant US attorney job in Massachusetts.

Interesting. The poll part is easily verified:

Patrick’s approval rating has dropped 14 points since February and just 34 percent of voters approve of his job performance, according to the Fox 25/Rasmussen Reports survey.
And in an ominous sign for his reelection chances, just 33 percent of voters say they are very or somewhat likely to vote for Patrick in 2010, while 57 percent indicate they will vote against him. The survey includes 500 likely voters in Massachusetts and was conducted April 16.
The most stunning news in the poll is that voters are saying they would rather have Mitt Romney back.
Forty-nine percent say Romney did a better job as governor, while just 32 percent say Patrick is doing a better job.

But the Boston Globe (read it while you still can!) reported a few days ago that the list of finalists for the U.S. attorney’s job had been set, and Patrick wasn’t one of them. “Assistant US Attorney Carmen M. Ortiz and Michael B. Keating and Martin F. Murphy, partners at Foley Hoag, were recommended this week as finalists by a screening committee picked by [Senator Edward] Kennedy.”