Now we are six. Tomorrow's the sixth anniversary of our blog. It all started December 12, 2003 with the more-timely-than-ever "The tidings that dare not speak their name" featuring our Xmas card of that year. Now workin' on this year's design (prototype above and detail below). Tuck set up a ladder on the middle front-stairs stoop, we climbed and he held it steady as we clicked the shutter. The light just before dusk pleased our eye most. Then back to Photoshop to tweak.
Scott "Brown also needs to tap into the energy that drew thousands of angry Massachusetts voters to Boston Common last Tax Day," counsels Jules Crittenden in his latest advice column aimed at the Republican nominee who will face off against Democrat rival/shoo-in Martha Coakley in the January 19 special election for the "Kennedy seat" here in Taxachusetts. We love the suggestion that we tea partiers may be key to Brown's future inside the Beltway. But here's the main point:
Brown is in no position to run a conventional campaign in the few short weeks before the Jan. 19 special election to fill Ted Kennedy’s seat. He’ll have to use guerrilla tactics if he wants to come out of this as anything but a sorry also-ran. Surprise assaults, seemingly out of nowhere, that confuse his adversary and leave the opposition flailing. Dastardly, stealthy attacks like the utterance of “Merry Christmas.” Or something equally explosive. In fact, many things equally explosive.
Nothing sweeter than Howie Carr's advice — cited by Jules — to spook Coakley supporters and their media allies with "Republican hate speech":
Two words for state Sen. Scott Brown to use in his uphill campaign for the U.S. Senate:
That’s it, just those two simple words. Throw them in at the end of a TV spot, a postscript. You don’t even have to waste scarce resources buying time on broadcast TV. A tiny expenditure on cable will suffice, and maybe a little radio and newspapers, just to give the networks some B-roll when they run their inevitable stories about this despicable outburst of … Republican hate speech.
Like the vampire who loses it at the sign of the cross, the liberals will be gasping for breath. Merry Christmas, everyone!
Special note. In related "going rogue" news, just for fun. Video: Palin gets revenge on master thespian William Shatner. If you're a Boston Legal fan, Shatner's masterful Denny Crane's lewd and lascivious surprise at the new love of his life, Sarah Palin, will float your boat!