God bless Boston Magazine for finding this.
Richard Ross appears to have cleaned Peter Smulowitz's clock today, keeping Scott Brown's seat as GOP #5 in the state senate.Congrats to Ross, and a kudos to Smulowitz for his fine effort.
Oh yeah, and Sal D. won the other special.
Big result shaping up in WV, where that incumbent Dem Congressman I mentioned appears to have been knocked out in the primary.
You may have seen that this morning's Boston Herald reported that Senator Scott Brown won't be taking part in the big Tea Party Express rally -- featuring Sarah Palin -- in Boston this Wednesday.
That unsurprising news has been flyin' around the internets today, and some of the Tea Party crowd are more than miffed at Brown about it.
Scott Brown has chosen his first bill to sign on as co-sponsor -- well, technically his second, as he previously joined every other US Senator in co-sponsoring a resolution marking the death of Rep. John Murtha. But his first real one. And the winner is... provoking Iran!
It's a pretty clear signal to the right -- one of two he made on Thursday -- perhaps as atonement for his vote for the jobs bill earlier in the week.
Well, here's one I'll have to ask the junior Senator's office about in the morning. Late today, the Senate passed the Travel Promotion Act, which is intended to promote international tourism to the US. It passed, with Republicans pretty evenly split -- and Scott Brown voted among the 18 all-GOP "Nos."
Senate President Harry Reid has been pitching it as a jobs bill -- of course, lots of those jobs would be in his home state of Nevada, which has been running low on free-spending European jet-setters.
This is the first in what I intend to be a regular weekly wrap-up of the life and times of the Bay State's first new US Senator in a quarter-century.
In the week just past, Scott Brown got a taste of both the pleasures and perils of newfound fame.
Much like his daughter Ayla, Senator Brown entered a competition, did better than expected, and became the object of idolation among a portion of the national audience.
Sometimes, the pathetic dysfunction of politics unfolds on such a masterful arc, it seems the work of a playwrite, or short-story author. I'm not sure whether this one is comedy or tragedy, but consider:
--Organized labor in Massachusetts had a true-blue, loyal, lunch-bucket union guy ready to go in the special Senate election in congressman Stephen Lynch.
In this week's issue of the Boston Phoenix -- in print tomorrow, online now -- I look at the emboldened Massachsetts Republican Party in the wake of Scott Brown's stunning Senate victory.
In the heady aftermath of victory, state Republicans are suddenly optimistic that 2010 might be another 1990. That optimism is helping push potentially strong candidates toward running, which in turn increases the chances of gains in November.
A couple of updates to my most recent rankings of the GOP's top contenders for the 2012 Presidential nomination:
--Mike Pence (#2) has declined to run for Senate against Evan Bayh, which to me suggests that the whole thing was a ploy to get more public attention among conservatives for his 2012 Presidential ambitions.
Is Ayanna really taken? Have you, or anybody you know, asked Ayanna or Ayla out since Tuesday night?
First of all, Scott Brown's younger daughter is Arianna; Ayanna Pressley, Boston city councilor, is single and as far as I know, available.
I don't know how taken Arianna Brown is. I have not asked out either daughter, both because A) my wife might disapprove, and B) I suspect that Scott keeps a rifle in that pickup truck.
"Tim Grace" asks:
Does the SCOTUS campaign finance rulling open the door for single-issue driven third party/independent candidates?
Tim also asks whether Scott Brown drove the truck down to DC; the answer is no, but he did wear the barn jacket. Don't know whether John Kerry wore his from the 2004 campaign when they met up.
In an online exclusive, I offer my analysis not of how Martha Coakley lost the election, but how Scott Brown (and his Romneyite campaign team) won it.
My take? He copied the playbook used by Barack Obama in Iowa: expand the playing field.
Also online: the Boston Phoenix editorial about the election -- which includes some choice words for Brown, Coakley, Obama, and others.
The Coakley campaign is taking time out of its busy day right now to hold a press conference complaining about pre-marked ballots -- I don't know what's going on there, and obviously anybody who commits voter fraud should be investigated, but it seems to me the campaign should be a little more concerned at the moment with trying not to get their butts whipped in this election.
Boston.com briefly put up this map of the final results of today's election -- some 8 hours before polls closed!
As you can see, over 2 million people voted, with Coakley eking out a 50-49 victory.
The map was fully interactive, so you could roll over and get town-by-town results -- above we show Coakley taking Cohasset 56-43.
As of 9:00am, 23,667 people had voted in Boston. That's about 30% ahead of the 18,399 who had voted by 9:00 for November's Mayoral election.
That would project to be about 140,000 voters, or roughly 40% turnout in Boston.
Secretary of State Bill Galvin is predicting roughly 40% turnout statewide.
Boston often votes at a lower rate than the state as a whole.