Wall Street Journal discovers Patrick-Obama connection

We thought the idea that there are similarities between the background, style, message and, by implication, substance of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Barack Obama was a pretty old storyline by now. Apparently not to the Wall Street Journal, which devoted the upper half of its op-ed page on Friday to yet another account of this story. Journal editorial board member Matthew Kaminski offers all the well-known parallels: sons of single mothers, Chicago, Harvard Law School. But he keys in on their shared use of political consultant David Axelrod and the idea that Axelrod has successfully packaged the two pols (who are also good friends) under the gauzy, but content empty, banner of "hope" and "change."

It was a year and half ago that the Boston Globe made the connection.