The thing that strikes me negatively about Obama is his lack of governing experience. Not only do we not know how well he would do, we also don’t have an idea what he would do as there is little track record.

But the Times looks at the lackluster tenure of a governor with a similar background and education – if not even more solid experience in Corporate America – Deval Patrick, whose words have been borrowed by Obama at times on the stump.

My favorite graph:

“He’s got to score some major successes to prove he is relevant,” said Paul Watanabe, a political science professor at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. “One thing you don’t want to be is irrelevant, especially with the kind of appeal that he had as a candidate and is similar to that of Barack Obama.”