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This week on ThePhoenix.com, David Bernstein has a must-read piece about the ways in which the Scott Brown campaign learned from the Obama campaign to flip one of Massachusetts biggest political upsets ever.
One example that Democratic activists are already taking note of is WALKING EDGE, a new GPS-enabled smartphone app modeled on the one the Obama campaign released at the tail end of 2008 -- except that this one appears to be smarter.
Glenn Beck: he's the gift that just keeps on giving.
Yesterday, Beck told his TV audience that he doesn't trust a man who shares his junk on film:
"I mean, I don't trust Scott Brown yet. Americans
don't know him. He posed naked in Cosmopolitan magazine back in 1982.
National Democratic Party and the White House agree: Coakley should be sued for "political malpractice": http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Democratic_Party_responds_to_Coakley_memo_Political_malpractice.html?showall
Coakley: not my fault!: http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Coakley_adviser_memo_DC_Dems_faled_Coakley.
In the rush of numbers coming in from the polls last night, one important number slipped under the radar -- and we mis-read it as much as anyone. But the Rasmussen poll numbers are actually quite clear on this. Health care was a factor in the Scott Brown-Martha Coakley race, but not in the way that commentators on both sides of the aisle are characterizing it.
Earlier this month, a lamb in Turkey was born with a human face, marking the second recent report of one of these fucked-up, mutant creatures. The first, a goat born in Africa last fall with human-like facial and body characteristics, was presumed to be the product of man-goat love, beaten to death, and burned.
In their defense, we kind of had this coming.
"Flipping the Bird at the Voters of Massachusetts"
Also, there's this: Draft Mike Capuano for Senator 2012
It doesn't matter how many times you've been told it, some people -- including, apparently, some people who's names begin with "Marth" and end with "Okley" -- tend to forget that Massachsuetts is a majority-independent state. Even the big left-wing media gurus -- who were parachuted in to watch the most agonizing Democratic political defeat in a generation -- seemed shocked that Democratic enrollment is about even with where it is everywhere else.
The Phoenix's David Bernstein checked in on Facebook at 7:30 pm to say that the Democratic operatives he's talked to fall into two camps: one that says Brown wins by +5, and the other who say that Coakley makes up enough votes in the cities to eke it out by a nose.
On CNN, live shots of the respective campaign headquarters showed Brown's HQ in a state of euphoria -- and Coakley's HQ dead as a funeral.
Too soon? (via Cosmo Catalano)
Don't Blame Me I Voted for Mike Capuano T-Shirt
For weeks now, we've been getting Twitter-spammed by minions of the radical right, who claimed that a nefarious cabal of hospital workers and ACORN staffers would be hard at work today rigging the Coakley/Brown election. This seemed to make many people excited -- the tea-party nuts were practically guaranteeing a rigged election! All you'd have to do is go to a polling place and watch the Democrats cheat! And then you could get it on camera! And blog about it for Americans for Limited Government's Washington News Alert!
Democratic operatives across Massachusetts are not the only fools concerned about their jobs today. Boston Police Department officer Justin Barrett - whose love letter to Globe columnist Yvonne Abraham got him indefinitely suspended on account of his poor punctuation and famously equating Harvard scholar Skip Gates to a “banana-eating jungle monkey” - appeared in a private hearing earlier this afternoon.
KEITH OLBERMANN is a sports guy. Inside, we suspect he's not too happy about Martha Coakley's Red Sox flubs either. But there are times -- especially during the Hot Stove season -- when we put such minor things aside. Here's why:
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When we woke up this morning, SCOTT BROWN was a trending topic on Twitter. MASSACHUSETTS was a trending topic on Twitter. But MARTHA COAKLEY was not. (That's since changed -- "Coakley" is on the charts, and there's an asterisk involved, since Twitter is counting anything with "Brown" in it as a Scott Brown tweet. Which means if you posted "Charlie Brown would've been a better candidate than these morons," it would've counted as a Tweet for Scott.
The Phoenix's DAVID BERNSTEIN will be all over your radio dial today, feeding us the inside dope on the Coakley/Brown race. Follow his updates on the TALKING POLITICS blog, on FACEBOOK, and on TWITTER. This morning, Bernstein chatted about TV campaigns, little old ladies in snow, and predicted that Martha Coakley will squeak out a win in today's Senate race election.