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January 19, 2010

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Vinman

All fallout from a Premature Immaculation.

windansea

Viva Brown!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be serving shots of a fine reposada this evening.

all Jomers welcome

BumperStickerist

I plan on enjoying the various displays of apoplexy.

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MarkO

I feel like I'm on my way to Beverly North's (a beautiful girl two years older in high school) house to pick her up for Homecoming and I'm thinking no one will be home.

windansea

Stewart rips the dems...very funny!

Mass backwards

J.R.

I have now received 2 phone calls in the past day urging me to vote in the special election today in Mass. Problem is, I moved away from there 4 years ago!! And the number they are calling me on is only 2 years old and has an Indiana area code.

I wonder who I voted for this morning.

Captain Hate

Mr. Brown was a star shooting guard at Tufts University

Guaranteed Scott could smoke Barry out of the gym. Starting guard at Div 3 > high school benchwarmer with a persistent nicotine addiction.

justonebullet

Latest Intrade numbers:

Scott Brown 83.5
Martha Coakley 20.5

Oh dear.

JorgXMcKie

Here's what I hope to hear from Dems and the MSM later tonight.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TuLBa-rgBk

centralcal

A few hours ago, Jake Tapper tweeted this little amusing bit:

"note to self: tomorrow am check to see if should invest in Lipton, GM, Cosmo"

Who, me?

Is that an arbitrage opportunity, justonebullet?
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maryrose

I am so excited I can hardly do my job today. Can't wait to watch the shows tonight with Shuster, Matthews and Olbermann imploding on screen. I sooo enjoyed their long faces and pouty comments last night.

windansea

from hotair

Working quietly and under the radar, the National Republican Senatorial Committee shifted $500,000 to the Massachusetts GOP in the weeks leading up to Tuesday’s dramatic election, according to Republican sources.
The NRSC transfer, made in several dispersals beginning on Jan. 7, were used for phone and mail get-out-the-vote operations targeted at independent voters, said Rob Jesmer, the NRSC’s executive director.

NRSC officials kept quiet about the money transfers, despite public taunts from their Senate Democratic counterparts that the GOP leadership was declining to put money behind Brown’s candidacy.

maryrose, the troll who weren't.

Nice to see you, maryrose. And nice to see you at the climate blogs, w&s.
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windansea

hi Kim

I see your trail of === at all the climate blogs too :)

Dave (in MA)

Any reports of Karl Rove flying around MA in a black helicopter beaming votes into Diebold machines?

windansea

President Obama 'Surprised and Frustrated' at Closeness of Mass. Senate race

oh yeah, he's "not pleased" also

why does this make me want to dance and scream with joy?

Jack is Back!

Posted on MLK thread:

At Boston.Com poll watch page, results from 1st page of Medford (Coakley hometown):

Coakley = 28

Brown = 27

If you can only go 50/50 in your hometown, not good.

Jane

Brown's daughter Ayla - the one who was on American idol is at BC on a full basketball scholarship.

Jane

BTW this is a good place to listen live - Howie Carr - starting at 3:00

Jack is Back!

This is one little dirty trick that didn't seem to work.

From our friends at Boston.Com (or rather the Boston Globe aka NY Times, Jr.).

glenda

Hello windandsea, kim, maryrose--I love the attitude and optimism. I believe in this country and the people of Massachusetts are just the beginning. Watch out bluedogs, Pelosi puppies--we're coming for you!!
♥ Jane---I can hardly sit still here in Texas, I imagine you are pacing(good for the waistline :) ♥

Extraneus

So if Brown wins, and the market goes up, and the economy recovers, how does Obama take credit for that?

Dave (in MA)

Brown is going to put The Truck on eBay, proceeds going to Haiti.

windansea

very cool idea re The Truck

this all must be so painfull for jughead

Dave (in MA)

Let's hope it's the start of ctrl-Z on 2008.

Jack is Back!

w&s,

You cannot hurt a narcissist, you can only disturb their reflection. That is how they respond by being meaner, tougher (in their minds) and more insulting.

Double-Down indeed. The desperation of lost hope and loose change. Welcome to Thugville, Scott.

Porchlight

Wow, I imagine Brown is pretty attached to it, so that is especially cool.

Dave (in MA)

Good point by Howie: Not only does Coakley not know who the hell Schilling is; her incessant negative ad blitzes made the NFL games nearly unwatchable the past 2 weekends.

Charlie (Colorado)

Any reports of Karl Rove flying around MA in a black helicopter beaming votes into Diebold machines?

Not yet, but there will be.

windansea

Tight Massachusetts race alarms California Dems


"Regardless of the outcome ... this should be a gigantic wake-up call to the Democratic Party - that we're not connecting with the needs, the aspirations and the desires of real people right now," said San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.


"This is real," he said. "At our own peril, we dismiss these tea parties as ... some sort of isolated extremism. ... It's not."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2010/01/19/MNU81BJRM1.DTL#ixzz0d5ky7BW7


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2010/01/19/MNU81BJRM1.DTL#ixzz0d5kdsdq0

Rob Crawford

President Obama 'Surprised and Frustrated' at Closeness of Mass. Senate race

oh yeah, he's "not pleased" also

Well, screw him. He's not king, no matter how much he thinks he is.

Thomas Collins

At 7:10 am at my polling place this morning, there was a 15 minute line. Everyone was extremely quiet. Folks seem really serious about this.

At 8:30 am, there were two Coakley signs in South Station, and one big one across the street from South Station (no Brown signs). One would expect a lot of Coakley enthusiasm in Boston, but the signholders didn't seem all that enthusiastic. Of course, because South Station would have a lot of folks from the suburbs coming downtown, there may have been more Coakley signs in the Boston neighborhoods.

One person I talked to today thought that reaction against the arrogance of Obama, Reid and Pelosi was a significant factor in the Mass. US Senate race. Of the folks with whom I have spoken, they are either noncommital or expressing support for Brown. There doesn't seem to be much enthusiasm for Coakley.

The anecdotal reports I have heard is that turnout is heavy. I haven't seen any hard data to back that up or refute it.

My son reports that at noon, the Globe's web site had a projection that Coakley was the projected winner 50-49. The projection was taken down. Apparently a Globe rep said it was just a test, and meant nothing.

My son also reports that he was sitting at a table at Brown's Needham headquarters when he overheard a phone conversation to the effect that a woman in Lawrence was passing out absentee ballots. Apparently the Brown campaign was looking into it. I should emphasize that there was no indication that this was part of an organized effort by the Coakley campaign.

glenda

I hope all the other republican candidates around the country are taking notes how to run an honorable, please,lord--winning--campaign!
Time and again, it's conservatives who put their money where their mouths are in fundraising, aka Rush! It's laughable to see the Obama's asking for charitable gifts considering they gave measley amounts in their personal life as recently as 2008.

Rob Crawford

My son also reports that he was sitting at a table at Brown's Needham headquarters when he overheard a phone conversation to the effect that a woman in Lawrence was passing out absentee ballots. Apparently the Brown campaign was looking into it. I should emphasize that there was no indication that this was part of an organized effort by the Coakley campaign.

Of course not.

That's what the party organization, ACORN, and SEIU are for.

Sue

You want to have some fun? http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Coakley_adviser_memo_DC_Dems_faled_Coakley.html?showall>Read this.

I'm not going to tell you what it is. I want you to be as shocked as I was. Now go. Read.

Thomas Collins

Apparently the Globe post wasn't a projection, but a map showing the final results. This would indicate that it really was simply a test.

Dave (in MA)

A guy at work told me he went to vote today and his son's name was underneath his on the printouts they use to cross out voters' names. The problem? His son already voted Absentee.

Jane

This is a fun story.

First of all the place is in the center of Harvard Square. (I bet Dot knows it). Second it is owned by the family of a HS friend of mine. And third the demographic (Cambridge) makes it so unlikely.

Sue

Thomas,

I think it was based on Zogby's 1 point win for Coakley.

Captain Hate

I imagine you are pacing(good for the waistline)

If that's true I should be a *lot* thinner than I am.

Sue

Jane,

I read that earlier. I think making Marcia's burger as disgusting as possible might have helped. ::grin::

Charlie (Colorado)

Here's a story on someone passing out absentee ballots — with video. Known D operative, and she's helping people mark them for Coakley.

You know, the wheels may be coming off more than just the Coakley campaign.

Jane

Sue,

That is fun.

I wish Clarice would hurry up and get home. She needs to be part of our experience.

People keep calling me and telling me how happy they are for me. It's hysterical.

Dave (in MA)

A hostile caller to Howie Carr called Brown voters "teabaggers", and he called her "homophobic".

Captain Hate

Sue, let the cannibalism begin. I need more beer and popcorn for that (maybe that's why the pacing hasn't helped so much).

Sue

Teeheehee...the circle firing has begun and we have a ringside seat. God bless the internets!

Jane

Dave,

Wasn't it you who told me not to use the phrase "teabagger" and I brushed it off? Well you were right. Nothing makes me madder these days - because it's all about arrogance. I'm determined to make sure no one who uses that phrase ever gets re-elected again.

bandit

Scott will not be welcome in Obama's little pickup games as Scott will give him the ass kicking of his life. I played on a couple of teams with Scott in some competitive men's league in Boston and Newton and he's a really good player.

verner

Jane, I'm happy for all of us! We're winners no matter what. If Scott wins, we start turning the tide of dirty socialism.

If she wins, the country will know that it's because of SEIU/ACORN stuffing the ballot boxes, and people will be mad as hell.

maryrose

kim:
So great to hear from you. Glenda, I always enjoy your comments. I smell victory,I'm praying for it.

Janet

It was someone here at JOM that said, "I'm off to buy some shares in Orville Redenbacher."

Sue

Gavin Newsome. Yes, the mayor (or former, can't remember) of ultra liberal San Francisco and the heart of Nancy Pelosiland, says we (democrats) ignore the tea party at our own peril. Waaaaaaahoooooo! We have made a difference folks.

Dave (in MA)

Jane, it could be, I don't remember. The other side are the experts in that particular practice. I'm guessing that Anderson Cooper is very familiar with it.

verner

VA NJ and now MA--welcome to Jimmy Carter-dom, jug-ear-marxist-one-term-loser.

Oh Happy Days!

Charlie (Colorado)

Teeheehee...the circle firing has begun and we have a ringside seat. God bless the internets!

Somehow that image isn't working for me.

Fresh Air

Passing out absentee ballots that were due 10 days ago doesn't really do a hell of a lot for Choakley, does it? I mean this is pretty pathetic. A Chicago political operative would at least know you have to pass them out before the due date.

Rob Crawford

How about "balcony seats", Charlie?

"The circle firing squad has begun, and we have balcony seats."

Sue

Good grief. Talk about nitpicking.

Jack is Back!

Jane,

I remember the Bartley Burger joint from my MIT time. Walked by it once and the smell was enough to make me do a sit in and never leave. But this stood out in the blog piece:

"The Martha Coakley, on the other hand, "isn't selling," says Bartley. Here's why: It's a burger on a bed of spinach (yuck!) with chopped egg, and red onion all drizzled with lemon vinaigrette. "The Coakley burger used to be called the Gisele Bundchen burger, after Tom Brady's girlfriend," says Bartley. "It's strange: The Gisele used to actually sell but since the name change, no one seems to want a Martha."

That is where the Dems went wrong - they should have run Gisele!

Charlie (Colorado)

How about "balcony seats", Charlie?

That makes me feel much better.

Charlie (Colorado)

Good grief. Talk about nitpicking.

Did that humor-removal surgery hurt?

Sue

but since the name change, no one seems to want a Martha.

That's because they think her name is Marcia.

verner

Dear Rahm....about Mass...

LOL

LUN

I delight in that hateful b-tard's misery.

Charlie (Colorado)

Passing out absentee ballots that were due 10 days ago doesn't really do a hell of a lot for Choakley, does it?

Golly, I'd hope not, but I sure wouldn't want to bet on it after King County and Minnesota.

fdcol63

Hopefully, the headlines in tomorrow's papers will read: "Brown Unexpectedly Upsets Coakley in Massachusetts".

But what is it with these people? Everything that happens is "unexpected", yet they are supposedly more educated and informed than the rest of us.

Captain Hate

I played on a couple of teams with Scott in some competitive men's league in Boston and Newton and he's a really good player.

bandit, when I was an undergrad at the Univ of Maryland (many more years ago than I'd like to admit), somebody in my dorm got a box of athletic shirts that were overstocks of what people/teams had ordered. One of 'em was a Newton Presbyterian shirt that I bought for next to nothing. I wore that sucker (red w/white letters) until it fell apart and every New Englander I encountered asked me if it was from Newton, Mass.

Porchlight

Wow, I just had that exact burger (the Scott Brown) last night in Austin. At the local barbecue joint it's known as the South Austin Burger. Bacon, cheese, grilled onions and jalapenos. Exactly the same.

And it was awesome. :)

Porchlight

Yes, I wish Clarice was here, and I wish MayBee would come by, too!

Dave (in MA)

Cut it out, I'm starvin'.

clarice

FOURTH attempt to post.

http://iowntheworld.com/blog/?p=15378

Jane

Well Scott and I were in law school together - he was 2 years ahead altho sadly I am older. Gawd if I knew then....

Melinda Romanoff

Dave-

I'll meet you at Buzzy's>

No, wait, that's gone...

glenda

dittoes, Porch...Yea, clarice is here!

Hey, guys, a good idea for a new franchise
"Teabag burgers" Home of the Winners!

Dave (in MA)

Jane, not a Cosmo reader?

Charlie (Colorado)

Here's your story on hackable election machines.

Jack is Back!

Commenter at Wrentham (Brown's hometown) who voted for Coakley:

"felt like I was behind enemy lines"

Also did a quick check of the 1st page of Poll Watch comments and in Wrentham its a landslide for Brown whereas in Medford, Martha-Marcia's hometown he is staying even with her.

Dave (in MA)
"felt like I was behind enemy lines"
Now they know how I feel every time I go to the polls.
jimmyk

Apparently the Globe post wasn't a projection, but a map showing the final results. This would indicate that it really was simply a test.

Or perhaps instructions to ACORN, SEIU, etc. on what the final results should look like.

JM Hanes

windansea:

"NRSC officials kept quiet about the money transfers, despite public taunts from their Senate Democratic counterparts that the GOP leadership was declining to put money behind Brown’s candidacy."

Finally! The Republicans actually do something savvy.

That Daily Show segment was hysterical. My favorite line was the one about the Democrats having a bigger majority than the Republicans did when Bush was doing whatever the fuck he wanted to. ROTFL!

I actually think the legislative end of the Republican party hasn't been all that bad. They are way more effective when consigned to the minority than the Democrats have ever been. I never liked Tom Delay, but the kind of discipline he enforced in the House is the very model of how to advance an agenda even when the other party is in power.

Tea Parties have played a key role in putting Dems on the defensive, but IMO, Republicans in Congress deserve more credit than they've been getting for putting the majority on the defensive. Even with the Maine exception and the Specter defection, the cohesive Party of No has been the Democrats' worst nightmare. They have managed to force the majority to conduct their flagrantly corrupt sausage making in full view of the public, and I think the deep well of outrage over that has set this stage.

Mustang0302

Clarice, they've awoken a sleeping giant and filled him with terrible resolve.

On top of nausea. Can any of us truly imagine waking up to Nan's horrid visage? Yikes.

I've never heard of a single incident of Kamikaze fratricide, but I'm gonna enjoy the upcoming intramural firefights between BHO, Dingy Harry and SanFranNan.

Jack is Back!

From a commenter/voter in Brookline:

"We were originally not found in the book of registered voters. When they went to verify us they had the names of the people we bought our house from over 4 yrs ago (who now live in Florida). It wasn't until a third book was consulted that they found us."

This is Brookline, not South Boston. That coupled with no ID required, an embedded Democrat machine and stacked precinct workers is how you steal elections. Be afraid, very afraid.

JM Hanes

Fresh Air:

I could be wrong, but I believe you can actually turn in an absentee ballot right up till the polls close, and I think I heard about folks picking up ballots in just the last few days in case the weather on voting day turned bad.

JM Hanes

JiB:

I'm already very afraid, thanks. I'm looking for more cowbell!

Jane

Jane, not a Cosmo reader?

He did that in his first year. I didn't get there until 2 years later. And not being the brightest bulb I never put 2 and 2 together. Silly me.

I'm not afraid. It's double digits in the bellweather communities and they are right 96% of the time. So for this second, I am calm.

Charlie (Colorado)

Generic Congressional ballot now 45/37 GOP and Kucinich says he won't vote for the Senate plan.

centralcal

Jane, T.C., Rocco - I can only follow sporadically on the blog (am at work). What time do polls close in Mass. and when do you expect first return info to be broadcast?

Gavin Newsom is a freak. He actually thought he was gonna run for Gov of Calif, but wised up quickly and decided not to.

How I wish and hope we can find a California Brown to get rid of Babs Boxer.

Jane

Gee, the democrat party to their candidate:

The candidate in this race and the campaign have been involved in the worst case of political malpractice in memory and they aren't going to be able to spin themselves out of this with a memo full of lies.

Jane

Polls close at 8:00 Centralcal. I'll be on my 3rd cocktail at least.

TK's liver

"A guy at work told me he went to vote today and his son's name was underneath his on the printouts they use to cross out voters' names. The problem? His son already voted Absentee."

So what's the problem? You vote once (at least) absentee, then you go vote once (at least) at the polls. QED, man.

Thomas Collins

See LUN for absentee ballot procedures for the Brown/Coakley election. From the LUN:

"You may return your completed absentee ballot by mail or you or a family member may hand-deliver it to the local election official. Your completed ballot cannot be delivered directly to your polling place on Election Day."
JM Hanes

Give some advice to the Dems over at Politico. Needless to say, pushing harder on healthcare is not polling well.

Thomas Collins

Polls close at 8 pm.

Charlie (Colorado)

Allapundit now optimistic. Another earthquake?

JM Hanes

Thanks for the link, Thomas Collins. They say that:

To be counted, a completed ballot must be received by the time the polls close on Election Day to be counted.

Jim Ryan

Mass is small. Dems don't need to manufacture many fraudulent votes to put Coakley over the top. No ID check, absentee ballots being distributed - they can scrape up enough votes.

Danube of Thought

Isn't high turnout supposed to favor Coakley? I'm harboring the hope that it portends a Brown landslide.

Don't recall that burger joint, Jane--it probably wasn't there in my day.

Get this--it's raining cats and dogs in Coronado, emblematic of our solidarity with the people of Mass. today.

Dave (in MA)

Here's some more on the circular firing squad discussed earlier.

jimmyk

I would think high turnout favors the populist, or whoever excites the independent voter. That used to mean the Democrat, but nowadays, and especially in Massachusetts, the Dems tend to be latte-sipping Francophiles, while the independents are the hunters, truck-drivers, and NASCAR fans.

centralcal

"I'll be on my 3rd cocktail at least."

heh! That's 5pm my time, and I will just be getting started - of course, I may catch up really quickly depending on the election news!!!

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