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Can Deval Patrick's long-shot bid ease Democrats' anxieties?

Having followed Deval Patrick's storybook rise from childhood poverty on Chicago's South Side to become the second black governor in U.S. history, I have a nagging question about his announcement that he's running for president: Why now?

He apparently wants to rescue the party from itself, although polls indicate most Democrats may not feel in need of rescuing. The Dems are being pushed to the left by popular progressive candidates such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren and

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