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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Let see some polling….

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

Didn’t Brown beat the Republican insiders’ choice in the primary? I think you have your answer there.

SouthernGent on December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

Steele and Co. couldn’t run a self-serve laundromat.

jjshaka on December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

GOP, missing another opportunity. I guess they only spend money on races where the GOP candidate is further left than the Democrat.

I don’t want the GOP spending my money in PRIMARIES, but here they would be spending to oppose the Democrats. In fact, I can see no reason NOT to spend money on this race.

Let’s just send Brown the money on our own. Who needs the GOP taking their chunk out of my donation anyway?

hawksruleva on December 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

GOP is a big fat failboat

They aren’t doing a good job. You know, yesterday on MTP, I saw Gringo-rich talking about how the GOP doesn’t articulate ideas, and that they are simply the opposition party, and not FOR something. I thought to myself, “That’s not true.”

Then I realized…

I don’t see ads offering ideas from the GOP or other conservative groups. I just see ads saying “Say no to government healthcare.” They don’t offer alternatives. They just pout and say no.

blatantblue on December 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

The 60th seat is potentially a fight for this very country. Sorry to say this fits snugly in my “the GOP is complicit in everything the treacherous libs are doing” theory. And I really hate that theory.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 10:17 AM

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.

Agree–let’s get some skin in every game out there.

ted c on December 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM

let’s not “pivot” away from this one….

ted c on December 29, 2009 at 10:18 AM

The Brown campaign could use some financial assistance? Someone irrelevant needs to Facebook this thing, stat.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Basically GOP is nothing more than bunch of BEDWETTERS !!! No BALLS to fight. They have so much material provided by 0bama but all they do is SULK and let the talkshow hosts like Limbaugh, Hannity and Lavin take the fight to DIMS and keep the public informed. Pathetic … !!!

aniladesai on December 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM

..the gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

VoyskaPVO on December 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM

I think the GOP really wants the HealthCare (not) bill to pass.

stenwin77 on December 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Let see some polling….

TimTebowSavesAmerica on December 29, 2009 at 10:15 AM

What he said.

bridgetown on December 29, 2009 at 10:20 AM

Anyone have the phone number for Mr. Steele.?

stenwin77 on December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Romeo Nike Charlie = Delta Alphas

Tim Burton on December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

No sense wasting money, Coakley is a shoe in. Remember this is Mass. Her response to the father that beat the snot out of the illegal immigrant he caught raping his son was to threaten to press charges against the dad. She said he should have filed a report and not taken vigilante action.

BTW: She let the crimigrant out on bail, he never showed up for his trial..surprise.

Alden Pyle on December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

And this group want ME to send THEM money??? I think NOT!

PappaMac on December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Alden Pyle on December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

Winning Campaign Strategy right there.

PappaMac on December 29, 2009 at 10:23 AM

Here’s the Brown for US Senate site. You can contribute diorectly there and bypass the national Repubs.

TedInATL on December 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Anyone have the phone number for Mr. Steele.?

stenwin77 on December 29, 2009 at 10:21 AM

..1-202-000-0000.

VoyskaPVO on December 29, 2009 at 10:24 AM

..or 9-1-1.

VoyskaPVO on December 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

If this is how the GOP is run, then it needs to fail and we need a new political party out there.

rbj on December 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

The GOP motto — Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory isn’t a bug, it’s a feature.

GnuBreed on December 29, 2009 at 10:26 AM

Where is the national GOP in the Massachusetts special election?

Too busy wallowing in self pity and sado-masochistic self flogging for allowing the democrats to destroy the country.

cntrlfrk on December 29, 2009 at 10:27 AM

The GOP: Frumtards.

Their silence regarding this special election makes me wonder if they secretly want the healthcare abortion that Reid just served up…

Wanderlust on December 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM

No, not a new political party; a takeover of the GOP.

Even if Brown is a longshot, the national GOP should put in a decent level of effort in this MA race. At the very least, that effort would take some feeling-hopeless voters off the sidelines, and activate them for the 2010 races.

ParisParamus on December 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM

Michael Steele and the RNC:

I know you can’t read all the emails and other correspondence you get but that you do read HA from time to time.

A number of us have given the legal maximum to Scott Brown’s race, myself included. And, while I’m aware the party doesn’t have unlimited resources, you could do much better in this race.

It’s a moderate risk but with an extremely high reward if Scott wins. The Dem turnout is going to be unusually low and there’s a real shot here.

Desperate times require desperate measures. Ask yourself: What would Reagan do? Or, better, what would George Washington do?

TXUS on December 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Contribute to Brown’s campaign here.

WarEagle01 on December 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Winning the race is not always achievable, and it is not the only reason to enter a race.

right2bright on December 29, 2009 at 10:30 AM

The GOP is an EPIC FAIL.

cubachi on December 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM

Contact info for RNC:

Republican National Committee

310 First Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003

info@gop.com

p 202.863.8500 | f 202.863.8820

I sent email asking why they are AWOL in Mass.

farright on December 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM

The GOP leaders are our problem.

JellyToast on December 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM

Just donated $9.12. Let see if anyone notices.

Dandapani on December 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

GOP, asleep at the switch.

GarandFan on December 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Q: So why the lack of attention from the GOP?

A:
Michael Steele is in over his head and is failing to lead the GOP. He is not up to the contest. In fact, he can’t even get his team to the field.

ROCnPhilly on December 29, 2009 at 10:38 AM

He’s to right leaning..

Wounder if Palin could fire this up.

the_nile on December 29, 2009 at 10:39 AM

It is an interesting race, in part because there is an independent candidate named Joseph Kennedy-no relation, but there has been amazingly little publicity of the race here, so he could conceivably take a few points away from Coakley from voters who are in the habit of voting for a Kennedy.

I think there is still time to make a difference if some dollars were thrown this way.

oddball on December 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

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

.

I’d like to know more. Nothing here says they don’t like MassCare. It’s possible they like it very much but know they will be shafted by the federal DemocrapCare program. There is a vast difference between what States choose to do, and what the Feds impose on its citizenry.

As for Scott Brown, it is a disgrace that the GOP is not assisting his campaign (fwiw, he has a good facebook page).

Not only is Coakley vulnerable on health care, her actions as A.G. vis a vis the Fells Acre Daycare Scandal (the scandal lies with the prosecution)were ruthless and disgusting (as were Jane Swift’s).

Buy Danish on December 29, 2009 at 10:40 AM

Scozzafava.

portlandon on December 29, 2009 at 10:41 AM

Getting the Senate back in session in Washington probably is the best thing that can happen to Brown’s campaign. The RNC and the SRCC should be tossing some money in his direction, but since neither the RNC nor the SRCC has orchestrated any sort of coherent plan on their own about what the Republicans would do once in power, and since Massachusetts’ most high-profile Republican is the one who helped put MassCare in place to begin with, they may be better off just giving Brown some money for his own commercials, staying the hell out of the way and hope Reid, Obama and Pelosi screw things up so much between now and Election Day that the voters rebel against sending another Democrat to Washington.

jon1979 on December 29, 2009 at 10:43 AM

The Brown campaign could use some financial assistance? Someone irrelevant needs to Facebook this thing, stat.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Spot on,could not have worded it better.

heshtesh on December 29, 2009 at 10:44 AM

The local Tea Party needs to step in. Even if they don’t want to endorse a particular candidate, they sure can point out what has happened under the current party. Republicans that continue to be Dem Lite will suffer.

Cindy Munford on December 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Call the NRCC and RNC — and call them out.

Contact the NRCC
Address: Mass. Jan 19th election
320 First Street, SE National Security
ACORN shut down
No Gitmo to Americ
Washington, DC 20003

Departments:

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)’s departments can be reached below:

General Email
website@nrcc.org

Executive
Phone: 202-479-7000

***

Republican National Committee

310 First Street
Washington, D.C. 20003

info@gop.com

p 202.863.8500 | f 202.863.8820

nondhimmie on December 29, 2009 at 10:48 AM

The GOP isn’t known as the Stupid Party for nothing.

Physics Geek on December 29, 2009 at 10:50 AM

Steele needs to get behind this and tip an epic WIN for conservatives. THAT’S how you gain momentum. I sent the max to Brown because America hangs in the balance. Brown said he’ll fight against the healthcare bill will everything he’s got. That’s enough for me.

marklmail on December 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

The GOP Mullahs leaders are our problem.

JellyToast on December 29, 2009 at 10:33 AM

These persons are not leaders, they just sit back a make decisions based on what suits their needs.

thomasaur on December 29, 2009 at 10:53 AM

Sarah Palin should write a note.

In any event, does he even have a chance of winning?

deidre on December 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

You know who else is less popular than Democrats?

REPUBLICANS

So why would the RNC dump money and try to connect to voters that Brown is a REPUBLICAN. This is Massachussetts we’re talking about here.

Maybe, just maybe, diverting funds from senate races in states where Republican hasn’t turned in to a 4-letter word to this race is not worth the money. Brown is running a campaign not really different from the GOP MA govs that ruled Boston for 16 years by keeping the GOP partisan affiliation a secret. It’s worked before.

Apologetic California on December 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

I don’t believe the anger of the American public has sunk into the heads of the RNC powerbrokers. One look at the half-a**ed fight over the sickening payoffs that were thrown around to pass Obama’s Universal Healthcare Rationing Plan tells me the RNC is just waiting for ‘their’ turn back in power so they can spread the healthcare tax dollars around to their buddies, big donors, and pet businesses. Both parties want us to shut up and pay our taxes so they can spend, spend, spend.

saltyrover on December 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Didn’t Brown beat the Republican insiders’ choice in the primary? I think you have your answer there.

SouthernGent on December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

No, Brown beat a recurring also-ran Jack E. Robinson who got only about 11% of the vote. Robinson jumped in late, and Brown was never in doubt as the candidate.

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Time for another Sarah Palin facebook editorial…

ctmom on December 29, 2009 at 10:55 AM

Ed, rather than speculating, why don’t you ask Michael Steele why they are not supporting Scott Brown aggressively. You have enough visibility to get a response. Let’s hear what he has to say.

MrLynn on December 29, 2009 at 10:56 AM

Sarah Palin should write a note.

deidre on December 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

+ 1,000

marklmail on December 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

Contacting Steele won’t make a difference; the RNC lines were burned to ashes over the Scuzzyawful debacle and the “elites” still treated the base as if we were morons who didn’t know what was good for us.

Steele is a fool and this is just another misstep in a long line of missteps, and until the RNC is broomed and restocked with actual conservatives, they will be useless.

Bishop on December 29, 2009 at 10:57 AM

marklmail on December 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

Congratulations on giving to Brown. Too bad your fellow HA commenters refuse to do that.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 10:19 AM

Why should Mrs. Irrelevant stick her neck out for some lazy HA commenter who thinks she and the GOP should do their dirty work for them?

BradSchwartze on December 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

In any event, does he even have a chance of winning?

deidre on December 29, 2009 at 10:54 AM

Yes, he does. 4 of the last 5 governors were Republican, so it’s not impossible. And Coakley isn’t all that popular, except with the public employee union hacks. (Of course, in this state with a special election, the public union hacks are a huge advantage: they’re already being charged with campaigning with government equipment and time. They also do their best to keep the election unknown except among their own.)

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:00 AM

http://www.brownforussenate.com/

Friend him on Facebook and make your displeasure known to the RNC for being awol on this one.

4Freedom on December 29, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Hang on just a second.

I have been banging the phones for Scott and I gotta tell you that the response that I have been getting is very positive. People in Massachusetts are just as fed up with the nonsense going on in Washington as anyone else. Check out this exchange I had over at freerepublic yesterday for some insight.

Brown can win this thing. People here like him a lot.

And that is without any help from Sarah or Michael. Must as I would love to see Sarah come down for some retail politicking (I would take the day off, that’s for sure) I am not so sure that she wouldn’t be toxic. This is Massachusetts after all. We are almost completely Democrat, but there are a lot of conservatives. She may violate the ‘first do no harm’ rule.

By all means, donate to his campaign. I’ll keep banging the phones!

turfmann on December 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM

The GOP: Frumtards.

Their silence regarding this special election makes me wonder if they secretly want the healthcare abortion that Reid just served up…

Wanderlust on December 29, 2009 at 10:28 AM

I’d say, YES! Why not let it pass? That will be new tax dollars they can spread around to their buddies…all at our expense. We have a one party system in this country and it is called the Corruption Party. Their motto is “Lie until you get elected and then bribe, buy off, and spread the wealth of the voters to your friends”.

saltyrover on December 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Ah, the crux of the issue.

The need to not only sweep away the corrupt, self-serving and kleptocratic Democrats –

But to get rid of the myopic, unimaginative, and wedded to the status-quo Republicans more than willing to serve as enabling stooges.

Unfortunately, a “green jobs” program to transform current politicians and their operative cronies into Forest Management trainees deep in the woods and far from human contact is nowhere on the horizon.

Woe unto us all.

Wind Rider on December 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Cindy Munford on December 29, 2009 at 10:46 AM

Why don’t YOU, CINDY MUNFORD, step up to the plate? You’re well known enough around here to the GOP staffers that supposedly read HA. If Scott Brown is that much of a Horatio-at-the-bridge against this demon ObamaCare, surely you’ll not only part with some of your money and time, but you’d be willing to get yourself some more exposure in the process. You know what they say about “all press is good press….”

BradSchwartze on December 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Paging Sarah Palin….

Tea partiers? Hello?

This might be our best shot: “The vote that can kill Obamacare”.. This needs to be a nationalized race!

parteagirl on December 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

The Republican party died in November 2006, and John McCain put a stake through the heart of the party in November 2008.

The “republicans” in Michigan are disgruntled Democrats with an ‘R’ after their name. Probably the same in the other North Eastern states.

The only active ‘republicans’ on the national level are also disgruntled democrats and ‘independents’.

Conservatives, like myself, have been hounded out of the GOP by McCain, and his loyalists. Just as we have been threatened with being banned from ‘conservative’ blogs like this one.

The evidence has been undeniable here on this blog over the last two years. One becomes weary of the hate, and accusations thrown in your direction, and after a time, you go somewhere else. The liberals know this, and it is their most effective tactic.

Skandia Recluse on December 29, 2009 at 11:06 AM

The RNC doesn’t want to look like losers when the D beats the R. They don’t think he has a chance to win so they will ignore him. This is a very blue state so it doesn’t matter how wonderful the R is. The voters are in lock step for the D.

Kissmygrits on December 29, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Why should Mrs. Irrelevant stick her neck out for some lazy HA commenter who thinks she and the GOP should do their dirty work for them?

BradSchwartze on December 29, 2009 at 10:59 AM

Yes. Because I think she should do it for me. That’s exactly what I was saying.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Brown can win. Coakley is the ultimate hack. She’s trying to run out the clock, (avoiding one on one’s with Brown), much like Obama and the original Axlerod test case of Deval Patrick. Turn-out will be the key and as MassVictim noted, the unions and public employees are a guarantee for the “D”, both in their campaigning and getting out their voters. However, there is a lurking beast known as the silent majority even here in “Massatoosets” as Obama has been known to call it. Repeat, Brown can win.

singer on December 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Brown can win. Coakley is the ultimate hack. She’s trying to run out the clock, (avoiding one on one’s with Brown), much like Obama and the original Axlerod test case of Deval Patrick. Turn-out will be the key and as MassVictim noted, the unions and public employees are a guarantee for the “D”, both in their campaigning and getting out their voters. However, there is a lurking beast known as the silent majority even here in “Massatoosets” as Obama has been known to call it. Repeat, Brown can win.

singer on December 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

Awesome, lets raise this man some money!!!!

deidre on December 29, 2009 at 11:11 AM

turfmann on December 29, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Good advice! Thanks for the insight. I’ll do what I can.

conservative pilgrim on December 29, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Brown can win. Coakley is the ultimate hack. Turn-out will be the key…

singer on December 29, 2009 at 11:10 AM

I hate to see it, but it might depend on the weather.

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:14 AM

What are the chances that a GOP victory in Mass. could derail ObamaCare? If Brown were to win (which I believe he could if, as Ed suggested, he were to hammer away at RomneyCare), could he start voting immediately and would his vote matter (does final vote require 60 votes to pass)? If so, then the GOP is making a fatal mistake. If not, then it’s best to save the money for the midterms. We’ve got enough “moderate” Dems that will be extremely hesitant to vote for anything else these leftist thugs in leadership try to foist on us during an election year.

ncconservative on December 29, 2009 at 11:16 AM

***
Don’t waste any money or time trying to put a conservative Republican into office in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts.
***
Remember which state was the only one to support the “D” candidate in 1980. It was 49 states for Ronald Reagan and 1 state–Mass.–for continued Jimmy Carter style government.
***
Fight smart–and win. Don’t buy into guaranteed failure. Don’t step across the line in the sand at the Alamo–leave and win at San Jacinto instead.
***
John Bibb
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rocketman on December 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

Ed, thanks for this post. I’m dumbfounded by the lack of attention this election is getting. Martha Coakley is vulnerable. As someone behind enemy lines in liberal-land (one of 8 at last count), I can tell you that there is a large anti-Coakley contingent among MA voters who traditionally vote Dem. She’s stepped on a lot of toes during her tenures as DA and Attorney General and if Scott Brown’s campaign could just make enough noise to get people to the polls, he could actually take this and put a real monkey wrench in the Obama/Reid/Pelosi agenda. Again, I’m amazed by the number of tru-blue liberals here that see her for what she is – a political chameleon and a hack.

If any of you Hot Air-Heads (a term of endearment, I assure you) can afford to give something to Scott Brown, please do. I have a feeling appealing to Michael Steele wont help at all. I’m not sure why, but he doesn’t think this race is worth the effort apparently.

emz35 on December 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Ya, it’s too bad, Brown may have a decent shot.

Coakley is a no-body, not very exciting, and her “I took on Wall Street” ads drive me crazy.

If anything, keeping this race low profile is helping Coakley, then the regular sheep will wander in and vote for whoever has the (D).

Pretty stupid on the RNC’s part. This is a state where Obama-lite (governor edition) is polling horribly and the Dems who control the state house constantly ignore voters (even their own). They just raised the sales tax during a recession, meals taxes are up in cities and towns all over, and the promised property tax relief quietly expired. People who pay attention aren’t happy.

Romney came damn close against an incumbent, well known turd (until Liveshot played the Vietnam card).

reaganaut on December 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Destroying Harry Reid’s Senate majority should be the GOP’s primary target. I find it an abomination of priorities that the Conservatives are not all in Massachusetts knocking on doors personally. Maybe Palin will step up to the challenge given that she is a leader not a follower and not one to give up.

royzer on December 29, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Remember which state was the only one to support the “D” candidate in 1980. It was 49 states for Ronald Reagan and 1 state–Mass.–for continued Jimmy Carter style government.

rocketman on December 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

You’re wrong. Reagan carried Massachusetts both times, in 1980 and in 1984.

1980: Carter won 6 states and DC. Massachusetts not among them.

1984: Mondale won 1 state (his home of MN) and DC.

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

Mass needs better representation. John Kerry is the poster child for worthless bureaucrat. Kennedy wasn’t much better but he was a Kennedy so the state liked to say that they were represented by a Kennedy.

I think that Mass just doesn’t care too much about DC. Their representatives (including Barney Frank) are some of the worst in the country.

At least New York will give you a D’Amato or a Giuliani from time to time. I don’t think Mass pays attention to national politics.

ThackerAgency on December 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

Why is no one polling this race? The election is 3 weeks away and there’s NO polling data, while the Dem primary was polled 9 ways to Friday for months.

Pablo on December 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

BradSchwartze on December 29, 2009 at 11:05 AM

I am so flattered that you think I am read by GOP staffers. I’d put money on a “Who?” answer at the mention of my name. I don’t live in MA but I will donate money to the Republican candidate. Again, thanks for the ego boost.

Cindy Munford on December 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:22 AM

It was the 1972 presidential election between Nixon and McGovern when Massachusetts was all alone (well, alone except for D.C.) in voting for the Democrat.

jon1979 on December 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Romney came damn close against an incumbent, well known turd (until Liveshot played the Vietnam card).

reaganaut on December 29, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Romney ran for senate only in 1994 against Kennedy, never against LiveShot.

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:26 AM

Why is no one polling this race? The election is 3 weeks away and there’s NO polling data, while the Dem primary was polled 9 ways to Friday for months.

Pablo on December 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Hmmm, makes me wonder if the results aren’t showing the way the MSM wants them to.

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Steele and Co. couldn’t run a self-serve laundromat.

jjshaka on December 29, 2009 at 10:16 AM

+1.

Conservatives with fight in them, need to get active in the GOP and start replacing these squishy RINOs who are squandering a historical opportunity to sideline the democrats for a decade or longer.

And, Brown CAN win, even in Massachusetts people are very uneasy with what 0bama and the democrats are doing, moreover the job situation is horrible. A full out effort can win, and that needs cash.

Rebar on December 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I’ve noticed a difference in how conservatives talk about the RNC and how liberals talk about the DNC.

Liberals talk about the DNC like it’s a working entity that has the best plans for their personal interests. They hardly ever go beyond the shallow end of the pool to weed out any problems that might exist.

Conservatives on the other hand are ultra-critical of their own party that supposedly represents them. That’s not always a good thing but it keeps their own party in check.

shick on December 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM

donate money to Scott, we are nipping at our opponents high heels

brownforussenate.com

Ricki on December 29, 2009 at 11:28 AM

I don’t think Mass pays attention to national politics.

ThackerAgency on December 29, 2009 at 11:23 AM

It’s amazing how provincial is is here.

MassVictim on December 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Romney ran for senate only in 1994 against Kennedy, never against LiveShot.

My mistake, that was Weld in 96. I was in the Army during those elections and out of the state…

reaganaut on December 29, 2009 at 11:29 AM

Palin needs to stay out of this one until Mr. Brown needs to retire some campaign debt, but that just highlights the treachery from the RNC…hey, why not fund his candidacy thru the RNC and then work out a Palin fundraiseing effort to suck in the dollars spent on the Brown gambit?

DanOwillbookem on December 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM

The national GOP abandon Harry Reid’s opponent, Rich Ziser, in 2006 and look what happened.

Mojave Mark on December 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Cindy Munford on December 29, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Come on Cindy, you know that people at RNC HQ tremble when your name is even whispered. ;-)

thomasaur on December 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Here’s Ann Coulter’s contribution to the Conservative cause:

http://www.anncoulter.com/cgi-local/article.cgi?article=345

There’s also a local Mass talkshow host, Michele McPhee on 96.9 WTKK Fm, who has Scott Brown on regularly.

Just beacause the Republican National Committee blew it bigtime with the Scozza funding doesn’t mean they should just walk away from this fight.

Makes one wonder if we’ve already lost this country irrevocably, knowing that amnesty will give the Demoncrats 10-20 million more voters.

Sweet_Thang on December 29, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Money Bomb for Brown on Jan 11:

http://www.redinvadesblue.com

or donate at his site anytime:
http://www.brownforussenate.com

4Freedom on December 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Mass. has a lot of unenrolled voters who may not necessarily be moonbats. The GOP doesn’t have too many officeholders at this point in time and it’s telling that Brown’s ads, etc. do not use the word “Republican”. Perhaps anti-Democrat, anti-”more of the same” voters will show up–it’s a longshot, admittedly, but would be a sweet victory. You gotta start somewhere (and even if he loses,
this’ll put a scare into the Dems and give Brown name
recognition for a different race later; but I want him to
win.)

What gets me is the folks at places like Free Republic who whine that Brown isn’t 100 per cent conservative (he’s pretty close though) and vow to sit this one out. I call them Conservatives For Coakley. That’s what will happen if they sit it out (or vote for “Liberty party” candidate Joe L. Kennedy–no relation) The “he’ll never win, why bother” types who turn up their nose at the candidate who agrees with them on 8 of 9 issues, just so they’ll get the one who agrees with them on 0 of 9 issues. Lovely.

Some around here are fiscal conservatives, military conservatives, anti-illegal immigration, etc. but they may be to the middle on social issues. They might want to vote for Brown and they sure as hell don’t want Coakley…

What’s up with this state (I live in)? So many Democrats get elected because the Dems control everything, including minds. Big government = you work for the government or know someone who does (teachers, DPW). And besides, those Republicans are nothing but devils right? How dare anyone vote for someone who has an R next to their name. Why, this is Massghanistan and we’re proud of Ted Kennedy and Barney
Frank and Ed Markey and Deval Patrick and Martha Coakley.
(/ sarcasm)

raccoonradio on December 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

The national GOP abandon Harry Reid’s opponent, Rich Ziser, in 2006 and look what happened.

Yep and they supported Specter over Toomey, and look what that got them.

reaganaut on December 29, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Hello, Steele?

wake up!

cmsinaz on December 29, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Remember… this isn’t just a potential vote against ObamaCare, but Cap & Trade and maybe even Amnesty.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 11:33 AM

I’m sorry, but do you people seriously believe the Republican Party is the Conservative Party?

Grow up.

Liberty is dead.

Deal with it.

klickink.wordpress.com on December 29, 2009 at 11:34 AM

Remember… this isn’t just a potential vote against ObamaCare, but Cap & Trade and maybe even Amnesty.

LibTired on December 29, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Right, it’s a big deal and would be a huge win for the country if Brown gets elected.

deidre on December 29, 2009 at 11:35 AM

The reason is as plain as the nose on your face.(HE IS NOT A RINO).The sooner we give up on anything good coming out of the national GOP or the senate or house the better.If we are to have a revival of the true conservative movement it must come from the grass roots.

thmcbb on December 29, 2009 at 11:36 AM

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