Words can inspire, they can sting and they can leave one scratching their head.
The words spoken - and still to be uttered - this week from Boston to Washington did that and more as gubernatorial candidates geared up for a weekend of Baker-Trump bashing, the president excoriated an historic international climate pact, the feds busted a major fentanyl trafficking ring in Lawrence and Democrats sniped each other over ideological purity.
But as Trump might say (or Tweet): "Covfefe."
More than 5,000 Democrats will descend on downtown Worcester starting Friday night for the party's off-year platform convention where the three declared candidates for governor will get their chance to address the party faithful.
Former state budget chief Jay Gonzalez, Newton Mayor Setti Warren and environmentalist Bob Massie will all be looking to send activists home feeling energized about their campaign and chances to topple Gov. Charlie Baker in 2018.
Gonzalez got a jump on the convention by releasing a criminal justice platform that calls for eliminating all non-murder related mandatory minimum sentences, while Warren stood up for a party platform that pushes Democrats far to the left of what the actual power brokers at the State House appear willing to accept at the moment.
A fourth man - former Sen. Dan Wolf - has not made up his mind on 2018 yet, but at a Somerville Democratic City Committee meeting this week he called out House Speaker Robert DeLeo as one of the party leaders "tone deaf" to a grassroots agenda that includes single payer health care.
"If they seem tone deaf to the platform then people should run against them," Wolf said.