In the end, Scott Brown was just too small to be a US Senator from Massachusetts.
Oh, there are plenty of things to say about why the race went the way it did -- and I'll write many of them when I've had a little bit of sleep.
But Massachusetts expects their Senators to be big figures. National figures. People who have purpose and stature.
US Senate: D: 2 R: 0
US House: D: 9 R: 0
Constitutional offices: D: 6 R: 0
State senate: D: 36 R: 4 (10%)
State house: D: 131 R: 29 (18%)
This, folks, is the most abject, awful, humiliating moment for the Massachusetts Republican Party in my time covering them -- which has been a long string of lows and even greater lows.
UMass exit poll: Brown and Warren ran even w/ men 50%-50%; Warren won women 60%-40%.
Also: Ballot question on medical marijuana looks like it will pass; ballot question on doctor-prescribed suicide running very close.
Caution: these are only exit poll results. Actual ballots are just being counted now.
Two things that might be related:
1) The City of Boston appears to have been ill-prepared to handle the high voter turnout it experienced today;
2) Mayor Tom Menino has been in the hospital for the past 11 days.
As of noon, a whopping 103,169 ballots had been cast in Boston --over 26% turnout, just five hours into the 13-hour window. We could be in for big numbers.
But more important is where those votes are coming from.
One of the telling things about Scott Brown's special-election victory, in January 2010, was that the votes came disproportionately from the older, whiter parts of the city -- especially when compared with high-turnout elections like the 2006 Deval Patrick gubernatorial and 2008 Barack Obama Presidential, which brought out younger progressives and black voters in particular.
BREAKING: Suffolk Univestiry will release
bellwether analysis showing Elizabeth Warren ahead in both Massachusetts
Senate bellwethers; and Mitt Romney ahead in all three national
Warren leads Brown 50%-47% in Waltham, and 53%-45% in
Romney leads Obama 47%-43% in Lake County, Ohio; 49%-47% in
Epping, NH; and 51%-46% in Milford, NH.
There's a lot of crap and nonsense put out under the banner of the Boston Herald. Which is mostly fine. Then there's Holly Robichaud, who is just a non-stop spewer of idiocy, sometimes on behalf of her undisclosed clients.
I don't bother complaining about her much, because why bother, but seriously, with this one.
Mitt Romney unveiled a new "closing argument" speech today, and I think it's quite good -- one of his best speeches of the campaign, in my opinion.
Meanwhile, some Massachusetts women invite others like them to Give Mitt The Mitten.
I wasn't sure how the cancellation of the final Senate debate would play with the public -- until I saw the Boston Herald this morning.
See, the events and wording were vague enough that it could have looked like it wasn't anybody's fault in particular. The statement from the media consortium was, shall we say, diplomatic about it.
I've got a new name to add to the mix, and there's a clue in my headline to this post; did you get it?
For context, there was a bit of Massachusetts political news lost in the debate posturing of the US Senate race today: the State House News Service reported that state Treasurer Steve Grossman says he is "going to take a
hard look at running for governor in 2014" as soon as next Tuesday's election is over.
This would seem to contradict Bielat's descriptions of his long drift away from the Democratic Party. It would also undermine his recent argument that Joe Kennedy III lacks the resume to be a congressman, since Bielat was barely 30 years old, with virtually no business or political experience at the time.
Word is that Scott Brown has unilaterally withdrawn from tomorrow night's debate with Elizabeth Warren, on account of, umm, storm something-or-other.
Yeah, I'm not quite sure what's up with this.
There's no safety concern; the debate is scheduled to be held without an audience in a network studio, so the only people at potential risk are a few dozen of us journalist types who might venture over to the WGBH building -- and I know Scotto isn't worried about us.
Day 2 of the Canton Carnival resulted in this: the Boston Globe gets the 1991 Mitt Romney testimony it wanted from the Stemberg divorce, and the rest of the media will get it too, but Maureen Sullivan Stemberg is still bound by the confidentiality agreement from talking about Romney's role.
Tom Stemberg's attorney [updated to clarify], who had been vociferously opposing the release yesterday, came in today with a proposal to, in effect, give the Globe the transcript if they dropped the attempt to lift the gag order.
Allred and client arriving at Canton courthouse, via Bernstein's cellphone.
I have just returned from beautiful Canton, Massachusetts, aka "the junction," home of BostonRob, and suddenly Ground Zero for a possible October Surprise, or the latest Gloria Allred circus, or both.
The scene is the Norfolk Family and Probate Court, and at issue is trial testimony given nearly two decades ago by one Mitt Romney of Belmont in the divorce of Staples founder Thomas Stemberg and Maureen Sullivan Stemberg.
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