Where is the national GOP in the Massachusetts special election?

posted at 10:12 am on December 29, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Normally, when a special election occurs to fill a seat in Congress or especially the Senate, the national parties throw resources and attention onto the race.  The lack of competition for attention allows the national parties to transform the elections into national referendums of sorts, and the party out of power usually has an opportunity to exploit the lower turnout to steal a march on the governing party.  So why have the national GOP and party leaders gone AWOL in Massachusetts, where Scott Brown will battle Martha Coakley for Ted Kennedy’s seat in the Senate?

U.S. Senate candidate Scott Brown has been all but abandoned by the same national Republican committees that pumped hundreds of thousands in campaign cash to former governors Mitt Romney and William Weld during their long-shot bids for U.S. Senate.

The snub has outraged local Republicans who say national conservatives should be jumping at the chance to nab the first open Senate seat in decades despite Brown’s tough odds in the Jan. 19 special election.

“They need to give Scott a level playing field,” said former state GOP chairman Peter Torkildsen. “It’s one of those rare opportunities that a Republican has a good shot in Massachusetts.” …

Local operatives say the national GOP and the NRSC have donated voter lists, telephone systems and at least $50,000 to Brown’s effort.

But that support is barely a blip when compared to the intense GOP involvement in the unsuccessful but vigorous Romney and Weld Senate bids.

Fifty thousand dollars?  The RNC rather famously gave Dede Scozzafava almost a million dollars in her special-election bid earlier this year in New York’s 23rd Congressional district.  Michael Steele came under tremendous criticism for that decision later, when Scozzafava’s liberal political positions became more well known, but in this case, the GOP doesn’t have any other candidate running in the race.  And a win by Brown would strip Harry Reid of his 60th vote in the Senate and force Democrats to start working with Republicans to get bills passed.

So why the lack of attention from the GOP?  Jules Crittenden would like to know the answer to that, too:

You’d think the national GOP would be interested in that. It may be an uphill fight, but if Brown lacks statewide name-recognition on the level of state AG Martha Coakley, and if he is a Republican in a state that general goes two-thirds Democratic, he is a charismatic, intelligent candidate. At least a third or better generally goes Republican, and of the state’s last four elected governors, three were Republicans. But Brown’s campaign has been a little lackluster, and by the looks of things, could use an infusion of cash, expertise and people with dialing fingers. …

I had a houseful of in-laws and friends here in Blue Mass the other night. Several Massachusetts Democrats born and bred, union members in public service in the bunch. They were all talking about that health care thing. All of them. Not one of them liked it. Not because it doesn’t have the public option or abortion. Because they all expect to get shafted.

Brown has a perfect platform on which to run.  MassCare has become an expensive flop, and ObamaCare is worse.  All Brown needs is the money and the bullhorn to say, “Let’s not make the same mistake twice,” and he could score an upset over Coakley.  But the GOP needs to start taking the race seriously — and even if Brown comes up short, it would still give the GOP some momentum towards stopping ObamaCare in 2010.


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Just donated $9.12. Let see if anyone notices.

Dandapani on December 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

+++100

lovingmyUSA on December 29, 2009 at 7:47 PM

Just posted a note about this on Palin’s FB page asking her thoughts on getting involved. Here is what I think: Even if Scott Brown doesn’t stand a chance, make the Democrats WORK for that seat. Make them spend money now that they are going to need next year. Give that pathetic waste of oxygen Harry Reid an ulcer by making him fight to keep TED KENNEDY’S f’n seat! I’m not sure if Reid can turn another shade paler than he is, but it would be fun to see. And hell, maybe, just maybe, we can pick off his #60 rubber stamp vote. On another note, Michael Steele has been a huge disappointment, he needs to go (now) and Sarah Palin needs to replace him.

Kevin71 on December 29, 2009 at 7:48 PM

If you have re-elected Ted Kennedy forever, John Kerry and Barney Frank, then the mindset is obvious. Massachusetts is obviously not in the best interests of the country when they elect liars over and over.. If they are as radical in their beliefs as they appear to be, pass and concentrate on areas that are not as polarized

volsense on December 29, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Just donated $9.12. Let see if anyone notices.

Dandapani on December 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Ewwww… I like it…. a new 9/12 Project? Give $9.12 to CONSERVATIVE Candidates?

Heck… I spend that much at McDonalds… LOL…

Romeo13 on December 29, 2009 at 7:56 PM

Brown is nipping at Martha Coakley’s heels.
Donate at

brownforussenate.com

and stop Obamacare, Cap n Trade, and all the leftist loons

Ricki on December 29, 2009 at 7:57 PM

Buy Danish on December 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Thank you–I hope Cindy knows we got her back here against this a$$hat that is apparently stalking her…

lovingmyUSA on December 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

Steele’s phone: 202-863-8500. Email at info@gop.org

Courtesy of stlouisteaparty.com :)

Kevin71 on December 29, 2009 at 8:11 PM

I wonder what kind of effect Palin would have on the election. Just thinking out loud.

ErinF on December 29, 2009 at 8:12 PM

hawkdriver on December 29, 2009 at 7:22 PM,Buy Danish on December 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM,lovingmyUSA on December 29, 2009 at 8:00 PM

You all are so precious and I appreciate you standing up for me. I think Mr.Schwartze comment wasn’t meant to be as critical as it sounded. Or at least that’s how I am looking at.

Cindy Munford on December 29, 2009 at 8:13 PM

I was just making a point that too many HA commenters think Sarah and Michael are there just to take heat from them, with no real action on their (meaning the HA commenter) own part required.

And I believe Allahpundit once disclosed that GOP Hill staffers read HA.

BradSchwartze on December 29, 2009 at 12:48 PM

Sorry, you don’t know what you are talking about–we all helped Doug Hoffman–some even went out of state to New York to help in his campaign! Don’t come in here with your “holier-than-thou” attitude…

lovingmyUSA on December 29, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Folks let us pitch in… We need to fight for every single vote. Every single seat. That is the least we can do.

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

antisocial on December 29, 2009 at 8:17 PM

Scott Brown is a Rino. Just because there isn’t a more conservative candidate doesn’t mean we should support more Scozzofava’s. He’s pro choice- which I don’t care about- but he’s also not good on guns, talks to little about taxes and wastes time talking foreign policy in a state that cares about one thing only: the economy.

The people of Mass are overwhelmingly libertarian, and a message of economic freedom would sell well. The past GOP governors are proof of that. Brown just isn’t pulling that off.

eski502 on December 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Unfortunately, any money spent here is completely wasted. The State is corrupt to the core. There is virtually no way to win a fair election here because I am convinced there are no fair elections. The corrupt public sector unions and their corrupt Democratic “elected” official allies control the count. The outcome of every election is predetermined.
People here have settled into the communist model of fighting over the crumbs at the public trough. Far too many people are dependent on the Government for their living. This place is gone forever. Best to let it die and be reborn someday when it hits rock bottom.
TheBigOldDog on December 29, 2009 at 11:39 AM

You know that is called quitting. To turn the seats around we have to fight.

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

antisocial on December 29, 2009 at 8:36 PM

The people of Mass are overwhelmingly libertarian, and a message of economic freedom would sell well.
eski502 on December 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM

Is that why they keep electing Barney’s, Kennedy’s ? Come on… Either you don’t have a clue or you are trying to mislead.

antisocial on December 29, 2009 at 8:39 PM

You know that is called quitting. To turn the seats around we have to fight.

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

antisocial on December 29, 2009 at 8:36 PM

No doubt. I quit. Completely. I’m done with this State. Completely. Totally. Unequivocally. Scott Brown will get 30% of the vote. It’s already been determined. Just like the Prop 2.5 overrides that nobody votes for but pass every time. The State is gone. Until it hit rock bottom it can’t be saved. Not even a little bit. And the morons here deserve it. Every bit of it. They deserve to fight over the leftover crumbs while every company is chased out.

TheBigOldDog on December 29, 2009 at 8:49 PM

He’s pro choice- which I don’t care about- but he’s also not good on guns, talks to little about taxes and wastes time talking foreign policy in a state that cares about one thing only: the economy.

huh? Scott Brown is pro second amendment, if you go to his website he is talking non stop about lowering taxes, creating jobs, voting against the health care bill.the cap n tax, and extending the tax cuts…..Massachusetts independent voters who make up more than 50 percent of the statewide voters are fiscal conservatives and social moderates all the time for statewide office, look at the 16 years of Republican governors….

brownforussenate.com

Ricki on December 29, 2009 at 8:52 PM

Scott Brown will win this election and if he loses it will be by less than 5 points and the RNC and the NRSC are going to kill themselves….

Ricki on December 29, 2009 at 8:54 PM

eski502 on December 29, 2009 at 8:30 PM

I agree with the RINO part. And I looked over his site. That worked especially in ’08. /s

TheBigOldDog on December 29, 2009 at 8:49 PM

If you’re gonna win the war, Ya’ gotta pick your battles. Elemental.
Save your money for winnable contests. And contribute to candidates. It’s really bad when you gotta fight folks who should be on your side.

Caststeel on December 29, 2009 at 9:00 PM

IIRC it was NRSC who helped Scotzzafava not NRC.

Caststeel on December 29, 2009 at 9:06 PM

Just sayn’ It was Cornwallis who won every battle of his Southern campaign in 1788. Then had to set sail from Charleston to New York, losing the campaign. And later that year, losing the war when Washington crossed the Delaware.

Logistics matter. Republican resources are finite.

Caststeel on December 29, 2009 at 9:12 PM

When you are dealing an environment as corrupt as Massachusetts, the mindset is so engrained into the electorate that is will take an awareness that Massachusetts doe not seem to have to. Can you possibly comprehend the kind of people who would elect John Kerry and Barney Frank to represent them?. They are not worth saving

volsense on December 29, 2009 at 9:43 PM

Can you possibly comprehend the kind of people who would elect John Kerry and Barney Frank to represent them?. They are not worth saving

volsense on December 29, 2009 at 9:43 PM

I would have no problem telling those people “Bed, made, lie”…but there IS the issue of the 60th vote that might be swung.

Or is there another, better possibility for that which I am not aware of?

Dark-Star on December 29, 2009 at 9:51 PM

break out the CLUE-BAT

I’ll tell you why they are MIA Ed, and its not just general ‘Heckuva job, Brownie’ incompetence. Its because they can’t attack MassCare, aka Romneycare, without damaging their standard bearer for 2012, Mitt Romneycare. Mass is a ‘no fly zone’ for the GOP.

james23 on December 29, 2009 at 10:07 PM

IIRC it was NRSC who helped Scotzzafava not NRC.

Caststeel on December 29, 2009 at 9:06 PM

The NRSC works to elect Republicans to the Senate. I think it was the NRC that donated the money. I (think) I remember M Steele commenting on it.

Red State State of Mind on December 29, 2009 at 10:14 PM

Has anyone seen this update to the story?

A Facebook post by Sarah wouldn’t hurt.

lukespapa on December 29, 2009 at 10:25 PM

I would have no problem telling those people “Bed, made, lie”…but there IS the issue of the 60th vote that might be swung…
Dark-Star on December 29, 2009 at 9:51 PM

Exactly! This isn’t about Massachusetts, it’s about control of the Senate and stopping the nightmare before it’s enacted.

Cough it up, and let Steele know you did.

2ipa on December 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Exactly! This isn’t about Massachusetts, it’s about control of the Senate and stopping the nightmare before it’s enacted.

2ipa on December 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

If you truly think we have a chance…

I’ll take a long shot over no shot, given what’s at stake.

Dark-Star on December 29, 2009 at 10:48 PM

No Paypal on Brown’s page…will have to think about whether I want to give him my cc numbers.

Paging Mrs. Palin! Please report to FB! We need a 41st pallbearer for Obamacare!

Buckeye Babe on December 29, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Where is Club for Growth? Or they specialize only in taking down republican candidates?

rightistliberal on December 29, 2009 at 11:22 PM

First of all, there are two choices in MA: a radical leftist and a fiscal conservative. The latter isn’t great on social issues near and dear to conservative hearts. He isn’t perfect. Nevertheless, he’s against the big issues that we are fighting now and has been for a long time (hence his long-standing Tea Party involvement); his opponent is for everything that we hate.

But he is 1000% better than Martha Coakley.

Thing is, Scott Brown does not need to win, nor to even be a hard-core conservative, in order to get the Blue Dog Democrats to ditch the Obama-Pelosi-Reid agenda. Scott Brown winning or even coming close to taking Teddy Kennedy’s precious seat will freak those people out and will bring the liberal takeover on Capitol Hill to a grinding halt.

Hey, if a Republican could win in New Jersey and another could take VA by 20 points, why not MA?

Roxeanne de Luca on December 29, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Just donated $9.12

talking_mouse on December 29, 2009 at 11:52 PM

The RNC rather famously gave Dede Scozzafava almost a million dollars in her special-election bid earlier this year in New York’s 23rd Congressional district.

Yeah, and Nut Grinrich endorsed Scuzzifizzy also saying some nonsense about being in the wilderness.

Maybe a Tea Party is the answer to get a conservative message out there.

Kini on December 29, 2009 at 11:57 PM

First of all, there are two choices in MA: a radical leftist and a fiscal conservative. The latter isn’t great on social issues near and dear to conservative hearts. He isn’t perfect. Nevertheless, he’s against the big issues that we are fighting now and has been for a long time (hence his long-standing Tea Party involvement); his opponent is for everything that we hate.

But he is 1000% better than Martha Coakley.

Roxeanne de Luca on December 29, 2009 at 11:38 PM

This is why I donated. We won’t get a real conservative, especially on social issues, in MA. However, if we can get the votes to stop ObamaCare from seeing the light of day, we WIN – our children will thank us. If we don’t support Brown because he is not conservative enough, and ObamaCare passes because there is a radical leftist in this seat, we lose and our children lose.

talking_mouse on December 30, 2009 at 12:10 AM

P.S. to all those who are snarking that those of us in MA can just deal:

YOU will be stuck with Martha Coakley in the Senate if Scott Brown does not pull off the upset of a lifetime. This isn’t a state race. If you do not want Martha Coakley to have the same power over your life as does your nice Republican US Senator, then start banging the phones for Scott Brown. Donate to Scott’s campaign. Facebook friend him. Beg your friends to donate.

Or YOU can have Martha Coakley in the US Senate; she’ll be just as much of YOUR problem as our problem.

Roxeanne de Luca on December 30, 2009 at 12:17 AM

I am donating $9.12–think we need to start a revolution folks!!!

lovingmyUSA on December 30, 2009 at 12:53 AM

Roxeanne de Luca on December 30, 2009 at 12:17 AM

You make good points in your posts. First, this concerns all of us, not just Mass. (My God, the whole country has been taking it up the *** from Ted Kennedy all these years in countless ways, starting in 1965 with the immigration act he passed.) How can anybody be so stupid as not to see that Mass. voters have done enormous damage to this country by sending us Kennedy, Kerry, Markey, Frank and a whole host of others.

Secondly, I don’t like moral victories, but as you point out, a close finish for Brown could scare some sense into dems on health care. All congressional elections are national, can’t you people get that through your heads?

chris999 on December 30, 2009 at 12:55 AM

I like the $9.12 donation and will be making one such donation to Brown followed by a more substantial one. Let’s start sending our own signals out there folks!

red131 on December 30, 2009 at 5:18 AM

Hoping to pick up Massachusetts, is like actually thinking North Korea might vote for Sarah Palin in the next election.

Don L on December 30, 2009 at 6:53 AM

Scott Brown will win this election and if he loses it will be by less than 5 points and the RNC and the NRSC are going to kill themselves….

Ricki on December 29, 2009 at 8:54 PM

Are you from MA? Have you seen any polling (recent)?

I donated $300 two days ago and I’m praying for a miracle here !

stenwin77 on December 30, 2009 at 8:02 AM

I’m becoming somewhat concerned here in NH. I know it’s early in the game but here in my sector of NH I have neither heard nor seen any attempt to push Kelly Ayotte as Judd Gregg’s successor. I certainly do not want Paul Hodes as my Senator as that would leave me totally dis-enfranchised. Maybe it’s too soon? I am becoming worried.

jeanie on December 30, 2009 at 8:52 AM

It’s not the party of NO, it’s and always will be the party of the stupid! How can the GOP win with they have the worst politicians in the world running it and involved in it? Wake up and tell the morons running the GOP to act like they care or quit.

flytier on December 30, 2009 at 9:16 AM

Steele’s phone: 202-863-8500.

Hi and what up?
You’ve reached Michael at a bad time. I am busy rebuilding my image as well as my bank account. I’m currently on a world win speaking tour charging a mere $100k a pop.

You can leave me a message and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can because, your message is important to me, baby.

Mr. Arrogant on December 30, 2009 at 9:24 AM

While I do not live in MA, I have relatives that do. Some are Democrats, some are conservative. My conservative relatives believe it is possible to pick up MA.. The problem is you have to fight for it. The GOP is the party of no gonads.

shar61 on December 30, 2009 at 9:38 AM

Brown on Laura Ingraham right now.

stenwin77 on December 30, 2009 at 10:28 AM

But the GOP needs to start taking the race seriously
//
This statement scares me for if they haven’t realized by now that we are in deep poo,I don’t know they ever will.

ohiobabe on December 30, 2009 at 10:38 AM

Hey HA readers,

Thank you, thank you thank you. And keep it up. Scott Brown’s US Senate campaign had a record breaking donation day Tuesday – all thanks to the blogosphere picking this up.

We are making inroads everyday. The nation is starting to pay attention. I would imagine we might just see a poll in a few days!!!

And rsvp’s to the Tea Party breakfast with Scott have taken off.

Keep up the good work and spread the word. We are working our tails off in MA – we need all of you to do the same.

We need our #41 – all of us. Visit his site, read his positions, donate and volunteer. Send a message.

gopmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

It’s nice to see the folks at http://mittromneycentral.com/2009/12/30/scott-brown-could-be-our-41st-vote-in-the-senate/ are charging full steam ahead to elect Scott Brown. I think our timing may have been perfect here because it’s going to be very hard for Coakley to start taking this race seriously with only 21 days to go and momentum is almost everything in politics.

We need to get Palin, Hannity, Beck, and everyone else on board as well!

dnlchisholm on December 30, 2009 at 11:49 AM

I think it was obvious why the GOP laid low here– it’s Teddy’s seat, and since he recently died, I don’t forsee a big shift of people who will be coaxed to elect the Democrat “for Teddy”. The guy would have to be Charles Manson (D) to not get elected. Effectively, this is going to be money flushed.

Don’t expect miracles here.

Nethicus on December 30, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Got an e-mail from Mitt Romney’s Free and Strong America PAC yesterday asking us to contribute to Scott Brown’s campaign.

JA on December 30, 2009 at 12:44 PM

To: gopmom on December 30, 2009 at 11:42 AM

Thank you so much for the update GOPMOM! It is great to get your feedback on the specific impact you are seeing from HotAir.com and the blogosphere!!!

With this type of team work, Scott Brown really can become the all important 41st vote in the Senate on January 19 to save us all from Obamacare!

Conservative blog power is a beautiful thing!

Keep up the good work everybody!

http://www.BrownForUSSenate.com

wren on December 30, 2009 at 9:28 PM

He’s to right leaning..

Wounder if Palin could fire this up.

the_nile on December 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

No word or notes from Sarah Palin. Nothing. Nada.

But Mitt Romney is in full steam supporting Scott Brown and getting people to donate to him.

Hmmmm…..

Conservative Samizdat on December 31, 2009 at 2:08 PM

I saw his JFK ad during the popular 12:30-1:00 pm Millionaire broadcast which is usually littered with Coakley commercials!
Come to think of it, I haven’t seen anything from her in the past week+…

Jan. 19 might be the most important election I’ll ever vote in – thank you to everyone outside of MA who have joined us in supporting his campaign!

racecar05 on December 31, 2009 at 1:57 PM

Here in RI, I can see Massachusetts from my….just kidding!

This is a critical, and I believe, winnable election for Scott Brown, in light of the universal disgust there is with the Demoncrat plundering of our beloved country. There are a number of Mass.-based conservative talk radio hosts who continuously promote Scott Brown, and these talk shows have a VERY strong following.

I have not heard about, but can only hope that there is a Tea party (or two) planned on or before the Mass. election day.
Best of luck to my fellow Patriots in Massachusetts in this upcoming election. A Scott Brown victory would be a bigger upset than the one staged by our New England Patriots in their first SuperBowl win against the so-called “Greatest Show on Turf”. But never say never!!!

A Scott Brown win would be one more step toward taking back our country. Can you hear us Mr. Steele?

Sweet_Thang on December 31, 2009 at 4:25 PM

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