"I love this old truck. It's brought me closer to the people of this state," says Scott Brown in his latest ad (above). If you're a fan like us, you'll love it! Its upbeat folksiness "could be read as a dig at his Democratic rival, Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has done very little retail politicking in either the primary or general election," says the Boston Globe. She ducked one-on-one debates but will face off with Brown and Libertarian candidate Joe Kennedy this morning at 9 on 96.9 WTTK-FM. Listen here live.
"Surely, it’s not a good sign that some conservative blogs are already rumbling with talk of Democratic voter fraud," writes Dave Weigel in "Mysterious Poll Finds Coakley Winning by 11 in Massachusetts" in The Washington Independent. Misreading the entrails, Weigel gets the donkey cart arse backwards, but maybe that's his intent:
It should be interesting to see how hard data on this race effect online Republican/conservative enthusiasm, which has been largely based on rumors that Brown is doing better than expected.
Not. Rumors of how well Brown is doing — which could be used against him depending upon the results of a new Rasmussen poll conducted last night* — are a result, not the cause of "online Republican/conservative enthusiasm." We speak from personal experience, as documented in our ongoing "Scott Brown for Senator" series, starting with "Think Scott Brown can't win? Here's why he can," published way back on December 9, the day following Brown's Republican primary win. As we wrote back then:
Hottie McAwesome Fever isn't about "rumors that Brown is doing better than expected":
Or, as they say on Twitter, shorthand for Scott Brown's own December 28 tweet wherein he electrified potential supporters across the nation with "I could be 41st Senator to Stop #HealthCare Bill":
It's the #41st, stupid!
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Update: Just in from Dan Riehl on Twitter:
They must be worried, knives come out for Scott Brown: "more than 130 taxpayer-funded daily travel allowances"
Now off to bed. Gotta get some sleep so we'll be fresh for phone banking from home first thing!
*Update II: "This is better than I expected for Brown," says Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection: "Earthquake Rumblings In MA - Rassmussen Shows Brown Within 9%."
Update III: Instalanche!
MASSACHUSETTS SENATE RACE HEATS UP: Rasmussen Shows Brown Within 9 Percent. This is huge given that it’s Massachusetts, and a Brown win would probably kill healthcare. I don’t know how his online fundraising is going, but so far he hasn’t gotten much (er, any?) help from the national Republican party. I imagine that will change, if only because people like William Jacobson are asking: ‘Will the national GOP, which has ignored Brown, get involved now? I’m not sure I care anymore.” Whatever else they do, they can’t afford to look irrelevant. . . . Outcampaigned by Sissy Willis?
Oh, my heart.
Update IV: "More from Legal Insurrection, Gateway and Sisu, who have been leading a right-wing blogosphere charge for Brown," says our own Jules Crittenden:
Reynolds, meanwhile, thinks money sent to Brown is better spent than money to the national GOP. Yes, in that the national GOP has been as inept and clueless as … the Mass GOP. Brown still needs national resources, fast, if he has a prayer of winning this, and if I were a GOP donor looking to put a thumb on the Bay State scales, I’d send my check to the national GOP with “FOR SCOTT BROWN, YOU DOLTS” written in the memo line.
Rasmussen’s not pretending that this race isn’t a tough one for Brown, and neither will I: but I told a reporter yesterday that Coakley would have to win by at least ten points to keep national Democrats from getting nervous. Her being single-digits now should set off alarm bells for both parties.
Will the disintermediation of the old-boy networks via the internet waken the old boys in time for them to get with the program?
Update VI: In an update to "Earthquake Rumblings in MA," Professor Jacobson of Legal Insurrection links fellow bloggers who "have been doing yeoman's work on spreading the word about Scott Brown":
Check out SISU, Dan Riehl, Jules Crittenden, HillBuzz, Fred Bauer, Jumping In Pools, and special credit to Instapundit, HotAir, Michelle Malkin and Gateway Pundit for taking these issues to their large audiences.
And thank you, Professor Jacobson, for your own yeoman's work!
Update VII: "I just kicked $100 into the Brown campaign — following Sissy's lead," writes blog buddy Tom Bowler in a good-news-bad-news post at Libertarian Leanings. Good work, Tom!