Gooooooood MORNING, Massachusetts Members of Congress!
[UPDATE: Jove nods: I switched out Frank and Caputo. My bad, and thanks to reader jack for pointing it out. The basic point remains.] Hi, John Olver! Hi, Richard Neal! Hi, Jim McGovern! Yeah, hi, Barney Frank. [UPDATE: Excuse me, that's Barney Frank] Hi, Niki Tsongas! Hi, John F. Tierney! Hi, Ed Markey! Hi, Michael Capuano! [Michael Capuano.] Hi, Stephen Lynch! Hi, William Delahunt! …Why | Read More »
This message goes out to every vulnerable Democratic Congressman representing a Republican or even centrist district – and after tonight, who among you is not vulnerable? It is a simple message: we can do this the easy way, or we can do it the hard way. The easy way is, you suddenly decide that you have a burning desire to spend more time with your | Read More »
The pre-penned outrage of the Coakley campaign.
Important tactical tip for would-be accusers of election fraud: when you send out your press release, proof-read it first. It helps one avoid elementary errors, such as making it obvious that you had prepared your accusation before the polls even opened, let alone closed*. “Reports that the Coakley campaign is making reckless accusations regarding the integrity of today’s election is a reminder that they are | Read More »
NRSC dropped money into Brown race… *quietly.*
I approve. Working quietly and under the radar, the National Republican Senatorial Committee shifted $500,000 to the Massachusetts GOP in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s dramatic election, according to Republican sources. The NRSC transfer, made in several dispersals beginning Jan. 7, was used for phone and mail get-out-the-vote operations targeted at independent voters, said Rob Jesmer, the NRSC’s executive director. NRSC officials kept quiet | Read More »
Today is the day.
The polls are open in Massachusetts, and the usual reports of heavy early turnout have begun. What men and women can do, we have done: it is now in the voters’ hands. All that’s left is to ensure that today’s is a clean fight and a fair fight. Scott Brown for Senate. Legal Insurrection will be live-blogging throughout the day. Moe Lane Crossposted to Moe | Read More »
Calibration check on Brown/Coakley.
You’re at the MLK Day Breakfast in Boston and the two candidates for Senate are talking. One candidate uses the opportunity to make a stump speech. The other candidate – who did not – later criticizes the first one as being ‘inappropriate.’ One candidate ‘received polite, seated applause’ but enjoyed a ‘tepid reception at a stronghold of Democratic politics.’ The other is ‘received warmly, shaking | Read More »
Obama on Brown… and Lane on Obama.
Obama, on Brown: “Forget the truck. Anybody can buy a truck.” Lane, on Obama: “But not everybody can fill a hall.” Exhibit A here, and Exhibit B below. Moe Lane Crossposted to RedState.
Quote of the Day, Quote of the Year edition.
Pour yourself a glass of something nice before you read this: it deserves it. “Obama is radioactive in polls,” said one senior Dem operative who has seen the campaign’s internal numbers. “Every time they dropped his name in a poll, it was awful. So you just can’t take those kinds of chances.” We actually got the d*mned horse to sing. Moe Lane PS: Scott Brown | Read More »
Stu Rothenberg upgrades MA-SEN to ‘Toss-up.’
DOOM. Late Democratic efforts to demonize Republican Scott Brown, to make the race into a partisan battle and to use the Kennedy name to drive Democratic voters to the polls could still work. But the advertising clutter in the race works against them, and voters often tune out late messages, which can seem desperate. Reports that the Coakley campaign plans to counter this development by | Read More »
Meet Michael Meehan. Democrat.
He’s currently on loan to the Coakley campaign from the DSCC: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee also dispatched Michael Meehan, a media consultant with ties to Massachusetts, to assist the Coakley camp with messaging. And this is the guy that attacked a Weekly Standard reporter last night after Coakley’s lobbyist-driven fundraiser: You think that it’s the same guy? It looks like the same guy. BIG | Read More »
Coakley can’t even remember her position on *abortion* these days.
Bill Jacobson points out a minor detail with Big Pharma shill Martha Coakley trying to spin Scott Brown’s past support of permitting medical personnel to have a religious objection to the morning-after pill into being anti-rape victim: she’s on the record as supporting far more. first, Legal Insurrection: Here is the language in section 1302(a)(3) of the bill (at page 125) passed by the Senate | Read More »
I declare DOOM for Martha Coakley (D, MA-SEN).
I’ve been fighting the urge: it’s Massachusetts. But let’s review the evidence. The latest Rasmussen poll: 49/47 Coakley/Brown. That’s +2 Coakley for likely voters. Definite ones? +1 Brown. The total shift is +7 Brown in a week. Internal Democratic polling (via AoSHQ) is saying Coakley +5. Last week? Coakley +14. +9 shift to Brown, in other words. They’re not just paying union members to hold | Read More »
‘The People’s Seat.’
This was easily the most important thing said at yesterday’s Brown/Coakley debate. (Via American Glob; H/T The Other McCain; see also Nice Deb.) There’s a reason why Brown raised 1.3 million dollars in just over 24 hours (and over 1 million in 24 hours) yesterday; it’s because the Massachusetts Senatorial race reeks of entitlement. The major reason why Brown is able to be in a | Read More »
Scott Brown (R, MA-SEN candidate) moneybomb today.
The Scott Brown campaign is aiming for $500K: they’ve gotten $488,724.25 $493,754.84 $499,219 (stop that!) as of 3:56 PM EST. No cavalry’s coming for this one, folks: we’re it. …OK, they blew through over ten grand raised to hit over $500K in the five minutes that it took me to port this over from my personal site. So let’s just say that they’re aiming for $750K, | Read More »
Gov Deval Patrick (D, MA) just gave the GOP three more House seats.
And I’m blaming the Governor for this one because I find it inconceivable that he would have let his subordinates set policy in such a nakedly partisan fashion without him first signing off on it. Apparently the Democratic party just doesn’t care how many ‘moderate’ Democrats have to have their careers sacrificed to the leadership’s ambitions. I don’t know where we’ll use this development – | Read More »
Ah, former Governor Palin?
A few days ago Sissy Willis asked a very interesting question: Will Sarah Palin endorse Scott Brown? I’ve been thinking about it a bit; and while I can see the arguments both pro and con, I think that it’s time that Sarah Palin did. You have to speculate to accumulate, after all. So let’s light this candle. Moe Lane PS: Scott Brown for US Senate. | Read More »
Pick yourselves up. MA special election next month.
As Ace of Spades HQ reminds us. Scott Brown is running for the GOP nod, and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley is already tap-dancing like crazy over abortion, of all things: Coakley used her stark position on abortion rights to appeal to supporters for donations; in an e-mail, she declared her decision to make her position “a defining moment’’ in her campaign. In a statement to | Read More »
MA SEN: Coakley versus Brown.
The primary results are in for the Massachusetts special election primary, and it’s Massachusetts AG Martha Coakley for the Democrats; State Senator Scott Brown for the Republicans. 10% turnout; special election on January 19th . Coakley, of course, is cookie-cutter: as Jim Geraghty put it, the Democratic side was “lefty vs. lefty vs. lefty vs. lefty.” Scott Brown’s a bit more interesting, given that he’s | Read More »
Massachusetts succession crisis!
Alarmingly, House Kennedy lacks a suitable heir to the vacant Senate seat! The last real possibility declined to be elevated to the position: BOSTON – Joseph P. Kennedy II’s decision not to seek the U.S. Senate seat long held by his late uncle, Edward M. Kennedy, has touched off a succession scramble. (H/T: Hot Air) For those keeping track: this is the Kennedy that makes | Read More »
A graphic demonstration of the perils of a one-party state.
Elections have consequences. A failed state. While its electoral history allows it some pretense to claiming a democratic system of government, its current one-party regime has resulted in crumbling infrastructures and drastic budget shortfalls. Its supposedly high-minded ruling caste keeps getting embroiled in scandal after scandal, ranging from ordinary corruption to substance abuse; their highest figures are especially notorious about violating their own (loudly-proclaimed) religious | Read More »