Obama's New Refrain is Deval Patrick's Old One

One small Obama-related detail from last night: The “Yes we can!” refrain that Barack Obama trumpeted in his concession speech was actually the campaign theme adopted by Deval Patrick, a top Obama supporter who rode the slogan to the Massachusetts governorship in 2006. Patrick, the first African-American governor in Massachusetts history, showed a cross-partisan appeal similar to Obama’s in ’06, winning strongly even in Republican areas in his 20-point triumph. Patrick campaigned for Obama in New Hampshire over the weekend and was in attendance at his campaign party in Nashua tonight.