"Things are totally crazy here," reports Professor Jacobson from Scott Brown headquarters in Needham, MA. "The phones are ringing off the hooks. The phone bank is full." One of his Twitter followers suggests a workaround to would-be phone bankers standing in line: Use your cell phone! (Jacobson photo)
This just in from the Ernie Pyle of Tea Party II, Professor William A. Jacobson of Legal Insurrection, who's been on the Scott-Brown-as-Obamacare-referendum case forever. That would be starting the same day we jumped into the fray, December 9, the day after Brown's primary win. Jacobson has traveled across state lines from Ithaca, NY (we assume) to Needham, MA, where he's reporting live on Twitter and on his blog from Brown Headquarters' Mother of All Phone Banks. A few tweets set the scene:
Just arrived at Scott Brown HQ totally packed!
Phones ringing nonstop with support
Scott at HQ 2 rally the troops
Comment "everybody is going 2 vote 4 the guy"
We r calling indeps 2day - Rasmussen was right!
Jobs and economy r big issue w indeps
There is a line of people 2make calls
Ugh - out of phones - call from home!
Out of signs and bumperstickers
Report #1 now posted w pics
HQ just 4 hrs and exhasted - how do they do it?
"Scott dropped by to say hi to the volunteers (above photo with a hot volunteer). The parking lot was full on a Saturday," reports Professor Jacobson. (Jacobson photo)
"Things are totally crazy here," writes Jacobson in his first blogpost from the front, "Brown HQ Report #1":
The phones are ringing off the hooks. The phone bank (top photo) is full. There were a lot more people calling than shown in the photo, other rows and other rooms. They kicked me off the phone because I was spending too much time on Twitter (!) and they had people lined up to call. They need people to call from home, the link is at the website. Some other offices had openings, but not many …
I made calls and I overheard others on the phone. The response we have been getting from independents is overwhelmingly supportive. From the calls I made, people seemed genuinely angry with the current state of the economy and politics. The support was genuine, not just lip service to get me off the phone.
People are furious at the attempt to delay a certification if Brown wins. That point hits home with a lot of the people we have called.
While money is coming in, they need more to make it to the finish line in 10 days. Donate online if you can, since the phones are so busy here.
Update II: "What I saw today was just a snapshot of the campaign. But that snapshot showed to me a truly grassroots campaign bursting at the seams with energy and enthusiasm and support," writes Professor Jacobson in his must-read "Brown HQ Report #2.
Update III: Another lanche. Thank you, Professor Reynolds, for helping spread the word far beyond the borders. Scott Brown's 41st senatorial vote to stop Obamacare isn't just about Massachusetts. Moneybomb Monday:
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