On a morning conference call, E-Dubs & Barney Frank tried to convince the media to cover something of substance. Then Scotto said something goofy that lent itself well to jokes, so the Democrats spent all day making jokes about it, and the media covered that.
A lot of people are going to be puzzling over Scott Brown's decision to turn down a proposed debate proposed by Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the legendary previous holder of Brown's US Senate seat; and hosted by the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate and the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
I have a possible answer that I can sum up in three words: The Catholic Church.
So today on Twitter I got goaded into writing Massachusetts-politics lyrics for the currently most-parodied song around, Call Me Maybe. My first quick attempt prompted Senator John Kerry to Tweet: "how did Weld and I get thru 96 without a song like this?"
With that endorsement, here's what I came up with....
I threw a vote in for Scott
Now that all the alternatives have been dispatched, we officially have a five-month heavyweight one-on-one slugfest between Republican US Senator Scott "Scotto" Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth "E-Dubs" Warren. I might be the only one using those particular nicknames, but the important thing is that, in a heavily promoted Pay Per View event like this, the contestants need nicknames.
I have to hand it to the Elizabeth Warren team, and their partners Deval Patrick and John Walsh, for convincing the gullible press -- including me -- that an obscure candidate with no funding, no staff, little organization, and no noticable presence at the vast majority of caucuses had gained the support of 15 percent of Democratic Party delegates to the state convention to be the party's candidate for US Senate against incumbent Scott Brown.
"I am disappointed," Marisa DeFranco tells me, that Governor Deval Patrick chose to endorse Elizabeth Warren in the US Senate race, just two days before the Democratic State Convention at which DeFranco needs 15 percent of the delegate votes to qualify for the primary ballot.
Asked whether she thinks Patrick's endorsement was timed to sway delegates from voting for her this weekend, DeFranco said "I'm going to let other people read the tea leaves on that."
Brian McGrory has an odd column today, in which he proclaims the Elizabeth Warren heritage mess a legitimate campaign issue calling into question her "integrity, credibility, and authenticity," and thus her fitness for high office.
I was interested to read his argument, because I've been trying to pose this question of late, and want to open it up now for public response: What about this Cherokee heritage story should dissuade voters from giving Warren their vote? (Not whether it will, which is a political analysis question, but whether it should.
The new Suffolk poll released late last night shows the US Senate race in Massachusetts as effectively dead-even, with Scott Brown at 48% and Elizabeth Warren at 47%. This is a big improvement for Warren over Suffolk's February poll, which had Brown ahead 49%-40%.
I'm going to make two quick arguments here: that the Cherokee-heritage story has helped Warren; and that the poll actually holds some good news for Brown.
Suffolk University is releasing a poll on the Massachusetts US Senate race tomorrow, and I don't think it's a coincidence that the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) just released its own poll, taken May 8-10 of likely voters, showing the race tied, 46%-46%.
The Elizabeth Warren camp tends to think that Suffolk skews to Scott Brown -- they had him ahead 49%-40% in February.
"Jack" goes back to the US Senate race:
Elizabeth Warren is meeting with Bay Staters, face to face, in small and
large groups, at a steady pace. Contrast that with Coakley, who didn't
have the time or inclination to present herself. Also, Brown is tied up
in Washington, for now. Further, Brown is known mostly by
public persona, rather than direct contact with residents/voters.
"KZB," who is clearly a horrible troublemaker, asks:
Call it now -- who wins, Brown or Warren? By how much?
Call it now -- who wins, Brown or Warren? By how much?
Brown by 3 percentage points. But the confidence level on that is low, and the margin of error is high.
Good old Bob Maginn, chairman of the completely disfunctional Massachusetts Republican Party, is standing up for the reputation of Harvard Law School, which has recently been under attack by Maginn's good friend and fellow Harvard Law alum Willard Mitt Romney, who has gone around saying that people who spend time at the place become snobs incapable of relating to regular human people.
Rob Eno, he of Red Mass Group notoriety, complains that I unfairly carp on Republicans being overwhelmingly white and male, while ignoring the very white audiences that have greeted Elizabeth Warren. I am absolutely correct about the GOP's problem, but he is wrong that I ignore the flip side. In fact, I spoke and wrote more than just about anybody about the Martha Coakley campaign's failure to do outreach to the black community, and the devastating affect that had on turnout.
--Whether Elizabeth Warren told people she was part Cherokee. I would say that, given how the Cherokee ended up in Oklahoma (google "Trail of Tears"), it's perfectly legitimate for a family to pass along that portion of their heritage. I'm not saying this whole episode makes me think any better of Warren, but I'm not sure what these great questions are that Scott Brown thinks she needs to be answering about it.
I dunno, I found it a little uncomfortable watching Lil' Timmy Murray joking up a storm about how he drove so recklessly and with such disregard for public safety that he left his car a crumpled mess in a ditch.
But, hey, I've been known to apply humor to almost any political foibles, and everyone knows that the South Boston St.