Hot Air's Allahpundit cites our favorite new aphorism in his "Quotes of the day": “Could anything be cooler than disintermediating a bunch of old fuddy-duddies via the Internet?” Thanks, as always, to Glenn Reynolds for first using that delicious word, "disintermediated," in a sentence. Above, view from the front steps in the early morning light as a conveyor-belt boom swung out over the wharf of Eastern Salt across the street disengorges a mountain of salt four stories high from the belly of the dry-bulk cargo carrier Balder.
"Mass. has long been suspected as having a problem with voter fraud," writes archer52 of Truth And Common Sense in the comments of Dan Riehl's "Why is Coakley Hiding Out?" cited here yesterday, offering an insider's account of how elections are won or lost in Massachusetts and why Scott Brown may not fill the Kennedy seat even if more citizens vote for him than for his Democrat opponent in the January 19 special election:
The dems learned a valuable lesson in 2000 when a Republican certified Bush as a winner. They went out and ran democrats for key positions at the state level. It paid off in Washington and this year in Minnesota [see George Soros's secretaries-of-state project].
How bad is it? Let me tell you a story. I had a chance to work with Boston PD on a case back in the nineties. The LT. I spoke to sounded like a real nice regular fella, so I asked him why in the world they kept voting in Ted Kennedy. He said, “Well, it is like this. When we are mad at him, we only vote for him once …” There was a silence on the phone as it slowly sunk in, then I got it. Ted Kennedy could have been caught with a headless prostitute and with the knife in one hand and the head in the other and he would still be re-elected, mostly by dead people.
It’s that bad.
Martha Coakley's "a nice woman, but she's wrong on all the issues," MA Republican Senatorial candidate Scott Brown told the host of Boston talk radio WRKO's "voice of the new media," Pundit Review, last night. She may be a nice woman, but if you're known by the company you keep, how does she explain her "SEIU thug pals," as Michelle Malkin calls them? More on that below. Above, superstructure of Balder visible lower left as salt pile grows.
What does business-as-usual machine politics portend for Scott Brown? Michelle Malkin explains in a rousing endorsement of our favorite son:
Last month, I noted how Massachusetts Senate GOP candidate Scott Brown called out rival Democrat candidate Martha Coakley's SEIU thug pals.
The Purple Shirts continue to “pull out all the stops” to install Coakley in Teddy Kennedy’s seat …
Where’s the GOP establishment? As Ed Morrissey reported last week: AWOL.*
Yes, once again, it’s up to grass-roots conservatives and independents to help a GOP candidate fight the Big Labor-backed corruptocrat. Demcare hangs in the balance. Yet, Brown received a measly $50,000 from the national GOP and NRSC compared to the nearly $1 million that radical leftist Dede Scozzafava raked in.
Malkin has lots more juicy stuff for news junkies so be sure to read it all. A few more tasty tidbits:
Today, the Democrats are reaping what [SEIU "thug-in-chief"Andy] Stern, the Phoenix Group, Kos and others sowed, as they were always out of step with the majority of the country. These are precisely the fights, the changes, they wanted when taking over the DNC. They've been plotting it for years. They're there. And if they fail, the Democrats, the Netroots and all the associated characters will find themselves in disarray.
The left in disarray. What a lovely thought. Let's do our best to help them over the edge. Are you listening, Glenn Beck?
Update: "Supporting Scott Brown for Senate should be a no brainer for Right-side bloggers," writes Dan Riehl in full endorsement mode. Thanks for the link, dear friend!
Update II: "There are lots of reports of a surge in Republican enthusiasm," writes John McCormick in "Poll: Republican Scott Brown Trails by 11 in Mass. Senate Race" at The Weekly Standard with a link [!]. Rasmussen will be polling the election tonight, the "first scientific poll in the state since before the December primary."*Supporters of Libertarian candidate Joe Kennedy (no relation) disagree with Ed Morrissey, arguing that we tea partiers are supporting the wrong guy, while some in the comments there point out that the logic of numbers means a vote for Kennedy amounts to a vote for Coakley.