Have They Had Enough in Boston?

That is the stupidest thing I’ve been asked in a long time. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source,” erupted Representative Barney Frank (D – MA), when asked by The Washington Times about what he thought of assertions that Massachusetts Democrats would stall the certification process should Mr. Brown win. “There isn’t the slightest possibility of it happening—a way of doing it. That is conspiracy theory at its most contemptible.”

Demented right wing source? Try the AP:

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts’s top election official says it could take weeks to certify the results of the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. That delay could let President Barack Obama preserve a key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if the Republican who has vowed to kill it wins Democrat Edward M. Kennedy’s former seat.

 A Reid’s spokeswomen said that:

“When there is a certified winner in Massachusetts, the Senate has received appropriate papers and the vice president is available, the successor to Kennedy/Kirk will be sworn in,”

Hmmmmmmm, some wiggle room maybe for a delay?

What is interesting about Massachusetts is the sheer magnitude of what Scott Brown is doing. Only 16% of the Massachusetts delegate is registered as Republican, at least double that is registered Dem, but there are only about a dozen Republicans in public office in the state writ large! All of Massechusett’s national political positions are Dem, and the potential of the Senate seat formally occupied by Ted Kennedy going to a Dem probably has ole Teddy spinning in his grave.

Scott Brown has certainly hit a sympathetic nerve by pointing out that the Senate seat belongs to the people, not Ted Kennedy. His Dem opponent (Martha Coakley)- and the party writ large- have certainly been caught off guard by this challenge, thinking that this was essentially a shoe in for the Dems. This apparent miscalculation is born out in Coakley’s resort to rather questionable tactics, to include roughing up inconvenient reporters.

Coakley Watches

Coakley went on to say, about this event, that she wasn’t in a position to see what happened. Hmmmmmm, couldn’t see eh? I wonder if she could see Michael Meehan push, help up, and subsequently block the reporter?

Meehan, who’s Meehan? Well, according to SourceWatch.com, he is:

Michael Meehan is president of BGR Public Relations, and vice president of the firm’s parent company, BGR Holding LLC. BGR Holding is the new name for the lobbying firm formerly known as Barbour Griffith and Rogers. [1]

Meehan previously served as chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and communications adviser to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). [2] In April 2004, then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry hired Meehan. He had “worked for Kerry almost two decades ago and is one of a handful of longtime Kerry associates on the campaign staff. He also was Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle‘s (D-S.D.) political director.” [3]

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Meehan had been dispatched by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to help the Coakley campaign hone its message. So, he’s a hit man, literally.

Again, as a political watcher, this has hours of entertainment. We have every reason and expectation to believe that the Dems will, in the event of a Brown victory, delay the seating in the Senate. Expect- regardless of the margin of victory, but particularly if it is close- that the Dems will challenge the results in court and further delay Brown’s seating.

ABC News’ Rick Klein may have said it best:

Did Republicans already win in Massachusetts?

Not next Tuesday’s Senate election itself, of course — few observers really think that’s winnable even now, no matter how toxic the environment for Democrats these days.

But the fact that this is a race at all — or, at least, the fact that it’s being treated like a race over the final week — is itself a victory that tells important tales for both parties. A narrative for 2010 didn’t have to wait beyond the first month of the year to get written.

The pieces are there: the Kennedy seat, the fate of the health care bill, Tea Party fervor, an anti-establishment Republican, a Democrat clinging to a lead in the bluest of states.

Democrats are being forced to spend very real resources in a place they should not, by any calculation, have to worry about it. They’re being met by resources (perhaps a more renewable variety at this stage) that Republicans never dreamed would be worth spending.

And they’re being forced to combat the very real perception that if it can happen in the Hub, it can happen in Arkansas or Nevada or Virginia, too.

For a lot of Dems, Hell may have finally frozen over…


33 thoughts on “Have They Had Enough in Boston?

  1. There are a ton of places that the same election with the same circumstances would promote the logical result,a Brown win. Unfortunately the Bay State isn’t one of those places. I hope it is close though just for the added tastiness of corruption. There are a lot of un polled variables at play here but I think a Brown win is still overly optimistic.

    1. I think I agree with you Alfie, but I love the What If aspect of this election. I looked to focus on how what should have been a give me election deep in Dem territory.

      I just can’t get over how much the political landscape has changed in just one year. From where Dems were, reletive to the GOP, it is just night and day.

  2. Gorilla, I’m just curious. How would Brown’s seating being delayed be any different from the eternity we had to wait for Al Franken to be seated thanks to Norm Coleman being a sore loser?

  3. Quotes of the day
    posted at 10:51 pm on January 14, 2010 by Allahpundit
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    “In October 2005, a Somerville police officer living in Melrose raped his 23-month-old niece with a hot object, most likely a curling iron.

    “Keith Winfield, then 31, told police he was alone with the toddler that day and made additional statements that would ultimately be used to convict him.

    “But in the aftermath of the crime, a Middlesex County grand jury overseen by Martha Coakley, then the district attorney, investigated without taking action. It was only after the toddler’s mother filed applications for criminal complaints that Coakley won grand jury indictments charging rape and assault and battery.

    “Even then, nearly 10 months after the crime, Coakley’s office recommended that Winfield be released on personal recognizance, with no cash bail. He remained free until December 2007, when Coakley’s successor as district attorney won a conviction and two life terms.”

    Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don’t want to do that.

    Martha Coakley: No we have a separation of church and state Ken, let’s be clear.

    Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.

    Martha Coakley: (…stammering) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room.

  4. The “Kennedy seat” attitude isn’t helping
    posted at 8:48 am on January 15, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

    The impulse was so obvious that Republicans in Massachusetts wondered what took Democrats so long to indulge it. Everyone knew that Vicki Kennedy, the widow of late Senator Ted Kennedy, would eventually make a public pitch for Martha Coakley as the true, legitimate heir to the “Kennedy seat.” What no one could have predicted is that it would backfire (via Jules Crittenden):


    It seems that way Gorilla.

  5. For once I have to agree with Brown (and hence Elric). This is not “the Kennedy seat”. It is, in Brown’s words, “the people’s seat”. I couldn’t agree more. Arrogance (which I sense Coakley is full of) will be her undoing. She thought she’d glide into the spot and she’s wrong.

  6. Breaking: Obama may go to Massachusetts after all; Update: Will campaign with Coakley on Sunday

    If there were ever a time for a Dem pres. to ride to the rescue and hold last-minute rallies on behalf of an embattled candidate in a deep blue state, this is it. If there were ever a time for Pres. Obama to use his political capital and sheer force of will to drag a candidate across the finish line, this is it.

    And yet Obama’s involvement in the race has not included a visit, or a TV ad. It has consisted of a single web video, emailed to supporters yesterday, endorsing MA AG Martha Coakley (D), and a robo-call launched today. …

    But, in reality, the situation is a lot worse for Dems than it appears. According to strategists familiar with internal polls conducted for Coakley’s campaign, the consequences of Obama’s visit could produce a net-negative effect on Coakley’s campaign.

    Obama has a net favorable rating in MA, according to public and private polls. A Suffolk Univ. poll out today shows 55% of MA voters viewing him favorably, while just 35% see him unfavorably. But the intensity of voters who view him unfavorably, or who disapprove of his job performance, is so high that an appearance with Coakley could bring out more GOPers ready to vote for Brown than it could Dems set on their nominee.

    “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.”


    Awesome. The POS is going to stump for the bitch after all.

  7. I have to show Rutherford some love someplace so I hope Gorilla doesn’t mind me doing so here. Right on R. I like your pro democracy stand on the seat thing. The Brown camp is running with that. 2 Brown mailings in the box today and one is all about it being the Peoples Seat. A classic comment too onthe glide thing. Too true. She totally thought she’d pull a McKinley.
    As far as Obama is concerned though. He could easily energize a lethargic base and the needed Obamatons. Inner city turnout on a special isn’t good but O may help it. Suburban Indies are fleeing whether the O can shepherd some back is unknown.
    One thing I’m sure of is that O won’t slide through Cambridge MA. Seems police unions are backing Brown.

    1. R, deserves credit, and here is just as well as anywhere.

      Obama’s visit is interesting, but I’m not convinced it’ll help. Remember New Jersey? In fact, I can’t think of any politicians he has stumped for that won.

      This is just so much fun!!!

    1. The Hiller Instinct: Suffolk University Poll

      “Scott Brown is riding a wave. It could break before it hits shore, or, it could crash through the Democratic seawall of state politics and send him all the way to the U.S. Senate.

      Our exclusive 7NEWS/Suffolk University Poll shows Brown, with 50%, in front of Coakley with 46%. Independent Joe Kennedy gets 3% and just 1% is still undecided.

      How quickly has this race turned around?

      In November, Coakley was beating Brown by 31 percentage points. Now, Brown is up by 4% — a change of 35% in two months.

      Suffolk Poll University pollster David Paleologos said, “Here’s how the race breaks down. Scott Brown wins among men, Martha Coakley among women. Democrats: Coakley. Republicans and Independents: Brown, by a wide, wide margin.”

      “I’m not in your courtroom. I’m not a defendant. Let me answer the question,” Brown said to Coakley in the last debate.

      One reason for Coakley’s collapse is her performance in debates. Nearly half of likely voters say they’ve seen one and asked who won — 41% say Brown, 25% Coakley.

      During the campaign Coakley said, “I want to be a leader who’s ready to get real results on health care reform…”

      And Coakley is not being helped by her pledge to help pass the Democrat’s national health care bill. Fifty-one percent of likely voters here say no to it while 36% say yes. Sixty-one percent think Washington can’t afford it.

      Vicki Kennedy said, “As Ted would say, ‘January 19th is the date, Martha Coakley is the candidate.'”

      Another surprise — The Kennedy family’s endorsement may have actually hurt Coakley. With 27% said it makes them less likely to vote for her… 20% more likely.

      “The Kennedy endorsement resonates among registered Democrats, but registered Democrats are spoken for,” Paleologos said.

      And here’s one more surprise. While Brown is beating Coakley head-to-head, 64% of voters we surveyed say Coakley will win the election.

      Que up the Ed Schultz video here please.– Gorilla

      “People don’t believe that the rest of the state of Massachusetts will vote for Scott Brown, despite the fact that they personally will vote for Scott Brown,” Paleologos said.

      If — repeat if — Scott Brown wins next Tuesday, it is no exaggeration to say he will change the world of politics as we know it.

  8. If she does win, what does that say about the people of Mass.? She is one vile woman. No conservative would vote for a Republican candidate with her track record and personality.

  9. Obamateurism of the Day
    posted at 8:05 am on January 19, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

    Scott Brown has campaigned hard in Massachusetts by driving across the state repeatedly, meeting the voters and telling his story. He put over 200,000 miles on his truck, which he featured in an ad as a way of showing that he listened to the people he wants to represent. For some reason, this got under Barack Obama’s skin during his appearance on behalf of Martha Coakley on Sunday, as Jim Hoft notes at Gateway Pundit:

    Forget the ads. Everybody can run slick ads. Forget the truck. [Laughter] Everybody can buy a truck.

    Well, I know over 3.4 million people since Obama’s inauguration who can’t buy a truck any longer, or much of anything else. I’d bet many of them don’t find it a source of laughter, either. Scott Brown teed off on Obama on that same point yesterday:

    Brown took that opportunity to slam the president on government spending..

    “Mr. President, unfortunately in this economy, not everybody can buy a truck,” Brown said in a statement. “My goal is to change that by cutting spending, lowering taxes and letting people keep more of their own money.”

    But the bigger Obamateurism comes from Obama’s dismissive attitude about the truck itself. Brown drives a GMC Canyon, made by General Motors — the very company Barack Obama bought on behalf of taxpayers in his bailout. Shouldn’t we expect some salesmanship from the guy who sunk our money into a losing enterprise like GM and transformed it into Government Motors?

    Maybe Brown can explain that to Obama personally … when he takes Paul Kirk’s place in the Senate after today’s election.

  10. Keith Olbermann Has On-Air Meltdown Over Scott Brown: He’s an “Irresponsible, Homophobic, Racist, Reactionary, Tea-Bagging Supporter of Violence Against Women…

    I can see why drones love MSNBC, like minds think alike. But yet that POS “president” rants about Fox News. Prepare to get teabagged today al-Thuggy and your fellow drooling dronebots.

  11. Olbies rant is getting some play here in Boston amongst the right of center circles. KO’s insanity is demonstrably untrue.
    Add Chrissie Mathews trying to make hay out of Browns Protestant faith. Too funny.

  12. Alfie,

    Any word if Brown will sue him? If thats not libel, I dont know what is. But he might actually push out more votes for Brown so he might be a useful idiot.

  13. Yeah anytime someone wants to whine about Rush I think of KOs hits and just say “Are you kidding me?” And that’s from a guy that doesn’t really like Rush.

  14. Sorry G for piling on.
    The polls are doing brisk business. I’d warn about the NRO absentee ballot thing on the credibility scale but would say that there exists very credible coverage of a surge in absentee ballot distribution. That can either way. I will say this though I’ve had even (D)’s tell me to my face that they don’t mind Brown.

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