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Perfect Storm Brewing for Brown in Bay State?

Until last night, I had been less sanguine about Scott Brown’s chances in the Massachusetts Senate election next Tuesday than were other conservative bloggers.  But, after watching him describe the office to which he aspires as “the people’s seat,” I began to wonder if all the elements were falling into place for a Republican upset in John Kerry’s home state.

While the Republican was raising $1.3 million dollars from ordinary Americans online, his Democratic opponent is collecting cash from well-healed lobbyists in Washington.   While he’s praising a late member of the opposing party, whom his fellow partisans delight in excoriating, operatives for his opponent are decrying Sarah Palin’s silence.  National Democrats are pouring over $1 million into a state which hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since the president was in elementary school.  The Democratic candidate rhetorically removed all terrorists from Afghanistan much as Gerald Ford so removed Soviet domination from Eastern Europe in 1976.  And in a TV ad, her campaign misspelled the name of the state she seeks to represent.

Oh, and that ad was the first negative one in the race.  The challenger has remained on the high ground, praising his opponent as a person while criticizing her policies.  And his grassroots activists are energized.

Meanwhile Bay State voters are chewing on the shenanigans of state Democrats seeking to keep the Senate seat in their column, with state legislators revising a law they passed just five years to prevent a Republican Governor from appointing a successor to a Democratic Senator.  Back then, it was okay to keep that seat vacant for a spell if the occupant might have been a Republican, but last fall, they couldn’t risk its vacancy when national Democrats needed an extra vote.  Now, Democrats talk of delaying certification of the winner to allow their fellow partisans to vote on a burdensome and unpopular piece of legislation.

Things do seem to be breaking Scott Brown’s way.  Polls show the race a dead heat.

Still, Brown has an uphill climb, with Democratic special interests now aware that they’ll have to fight to keep this seat and ready to activate their Get-Out-the-Vote machines.  But, consider this:  in most races where one side repeatedly makes errors* while the other runs a good campaign, the error-prone side loses.

And it hasn’t been Scott Brown making the mistakes.

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Smart Young Writer Exposes Oliver Stone’s Moral Relativism

If almost seems a certainty that if a public figure veers off into America-bashing conspiracy theories, he’s soon going to start apologizing for our enemies.  Usually, such apologetics focus on run-of-the-mill despots like Daniel Ortega, Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, but occasionally spills over into full-blown defenses of Communism and even Islamofascism.

Rarely, however, have such self-haters shown sympathy for Adolf Hitler.

Until now.

According to a smart young writer, the “man who immortalized Che Guevara is off to set the record straight and correct the right-wing’s misinformation campaign about Hitler“:

In a new documentary series titled “Secret History of America,” Stoned says, “I’ve been able to walk in Stalin’s shoes and Hitler’s shoes to understand their point of view. We’re going to educate our minds and liberalize them and broaden them.”

Most of us know the man my nephew called Stoned as filmmaker/conspiracy theorist Oliver Stone.  So, if we, as Stone claims, “can’t judge people as only ‘bad’ or ‘good,’” guess that lets W off the hook?

Right, so even as the Left accuses George W. Bush of killing one million Iraqis in his illegal war for oil, Bush has done nothing wrong. It’s all… America’s?… fault.

Surely, Stone’s next project will be to walk in Bush and Cheney’s shoes and understand their point of view.  So, if you do want to educate your own minds, take a gander at my nephew’s column, it’s well worth your time.

Carly raises over $1 million in first 60 days as candidate

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 7:18 pm - January 12, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,California politics

Scott Brown is not the only Republican Senate candidate who can raise over $1,000,000 in a short time.  In the sixty days since Carly Fiorina announced her bid to unseat Barbara Boxer, one of the Senate’s most liberal members, she cleared that amount in donations, pulling in $232,000 online alone.  It took Chuck DeVore, her rival for the GOP nomination, nearly a year to raise a million.

The campaign reports that “Eighty three percent of all donations are in amounts of less than $250 and the overall average donation amount to Carly’s campaign is less than $350.”  Given the loan that she and her husband made to the campaign, Carly starts the year with $2.7 million cash on hand.  She’ll need more to remind voters of Boxer’s arrogance and her record, but she’s off to a good start.

Expect fundraising to pick up as Golden State voters focus on this race and as Republicans realize that Boxer can be beaten.  Scott Brown’s success in the Bay State can help.  He’ll show that what appears a quixotic quest may, in the current environment, become a winnable race for a Republican.

So, for the next week, let’s focus on helping Scott Brown, then, next week, we’ll have his example to inspire us as we work to elect Republicans across the nation, even in states like California where our fellows have not fared well in recent years.

Scott Brown: Candidate for Republicans to Emulate

I hope that GOP candidates across the country are paying attention to Scott Brown’s bid to succeed Teddy Kennedy in the United States Senate.  And not just to see how a Republican can run in a “blue” state, but also to see how a Republican should run for office. Brown has kept his focus on fiscal and national security issues as this clip from last night’s On the Record with Greta van Susteren shows:

Not that not once, but twice in this seven-minute interview does he pause to call his opponent a “good” person who happens to be “wrong on the issues”.  He shows similar class (about 5 minutes into this clip) when asked about the late Senator Kennedy.  Instead of faulting that liberal lion for his left-wing views, he praises him for his constituent services.  He has refrained from attacking his opponents or engaging in that Washington pattern of “always looking for somebody else to blame.

Classy guy that Scott Brown.

Other Republicans would do well to follow Brown’slead when asked about President Obama, praising perhaps that Democrat’s story while criticizing his policies, daring to call their opponents good people.

And note what he defines is the biggest difference between himself and his opponent:  “taxing and spending.”  Nice to see a GOP candidate recognizing that as the key difference between the parties.  Given Brown’s record, I trust this Republican will remember that once he arrives in our nation’s capital.

As goes Rasmussen . .

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 4:54 pm - January 12, 2010.
Filed under: Hysteria on the Left,National Politics

. . . so go the other polls.

The pollster left-wingers love to hate was the first to show Obama’s approval rating dipping below 50%.   Now the latest CBS News survey, one which normally tilts toward the Democrats, shows only 46% of Americans approving of how the president was handling his job.

Why does that 46% figure look familiar?  Oh yeah, it’s the popular vote percentage John McCain drew in the 2008 presidential election.

Oh, and, the CBS number is consistent with Rasmussen.  And Quinnipiac.  And NBC.  And ARG.

GOProud Slams Gay Left Over Scott Brown Attacks

From GOProud:

Next Tuesday, voters in Massachusetts will go to the polls for a special election to replace U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy (D). Recent polling shows Republican State Senator Scott Brown in a virtual tie with Democrat Martha Coakley.

“As the polls get closer and closer, Democrats and their allies on the left get more and more desperate. Democrats are unable to defend their record on taxes, spending, the economy, job creation, healthcare or the global war on terror, so instead they turn to smears, distortions and name-calling,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, Executive Director of GOProud.

“In the last few weeks the gay left has slandered Scott Brown, claiming that he is ‘anti-gay.’ The truth is that Scott Brown has said that same-sex marriage is settled law in Massachusetts. Scott Brown has also said they he believes each state should decide its marriage laws – the exact same position taken by President Barack Obama.”

“What has 60 Democratic Senators delivered for gay families so far? Unemployment over 10%, spending spiraling out of control, a super majority bent on expanding discriminatory government-run healthcare, and an administration unwilling to confront the spread of radical anti-gay Islam. Nothing would send a clearer message to the current leadership in Washington about the unhappiness that all Americans, including gay and lesbian Americans, have with the direction in Washington then a win by Scott Brown.”

MA Dems Recognize Health Care Not a Winning Issue

You know, leading Democrats from former President Bill Clinton on down are assuring us backwards and forwards, inside and out that current polls notwithstanding that should the Democrats’ health care overhaul pass, the American people will all of a sudden have a great epiphany and realize how wrong they were.  Support for greater government control over our the health care will increase and Democrats’ electoral prospects will grow.

Chris Dodd may even change his retirement plans.

So, if Democrats are so bullish about potential future support of health care, why then is Martha Coakley, in her litany of attacks of Scott Brown, refusing to fault him for his promise to be the 41st vote to block Obamacare in the Senate?

In the debate last night, it was the “moderator” who raised the issue of Brown’s opposition to the Democrats’ pet issue while Coakley used her one chance to ask Brown a question to bait him on abortion.  He didn’t bite.

Should she win, she’ll go to Washington to help pass a bill which major consequences for our health care system, but which was not central to her campaign.  Just one more sign that Scott Brown is the real choice for changing the way things are done in our nation’s capital.

BREAKING: The Masturbating Terrorist?

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 1:08 pm - January 12, 2010.
Filed under: Post 9-11 America,Travel,War On Terror

Folks, I wish this was a joke. A colleague of mine witnessed truly bizarre behavior on US Airways Flight 1453 from Washington Reagan National to Charlotte, NC this morning.

Shortly after takeoff, a young Middle Eastern-looking man in First Class (seat 2A) covered himself with a hooded jacket and blanket, dropped his pants and appeared to go to town.

My friend believes that an air marshal was on board. But I reported the incident to a TSA supervisor at Charlotte-Douglas and he didn’t seem to care and told me to call the airline itself.

I’m not sure what about these events today is most disturbing.

Scott Brown Challenges Old Way of Doing Things

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:33 pm - January 12, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

Instead of following Martha Coakley into the gutter with her nasty attack ad (which happens to misspell the state she seeks to represent), Scott Brown makes a positive case for his candidacy:

Just love how he turns the Democrats’ 2008 rhetoric on them. He is the true independent voice in this race, having held true to small government principles and stood up against the big-spending policies of the majority party in the Bay State.

I trust he’ll do the same in Washington.

(H/t to Barone for the ad & to Geraghty for an ad with the embed code, with the latter noting Brown’s “ad has only 23 fewer views than Coakley’s attack ad.”  And Coakley’s ad has been up longer.)

Is Ol’ Harry’s Time Running Out?

At the gym yesterday, it seemed that half the time I looked up at CNN (and this over a period of an hour and a half), they were discussing Harry Reid’s comments about the hue of the president’s skin.  I have to say I was surprised at how much attention this remark has been getting, with Democrats going into overdrive to do what his Nevada constituents show no intention of doing, saving his political career.

In so doing, they’re revealing just what kind of politicians they are–the very kind that Barack Obama ran against last fall.  They’re using this as another chance to bash Republicans, accusing them of insensitivity on matters of race or some such.  They might come across as more sincere if they just left it as a party leader who regretted his poor choice of words.  But, they just can’t control themselves.  Attacking Republicans is what they do.  I mean, heck, so obsessed are they with Sarah Palin that a Democratic operative goes into overdrive when Sarah Palin says nothing about a particular Senate race.

Personally, I think Reid will survive this, but the whole hullabaloo will serve to further damaging the Democratic Party “brand” as it again exposes the sheer hypocrisy of the left-wing rush to brand Republicans racist.  I grant there’s much merit to the contention that what Harry Reid said was far less damning that what Trent Lott said, but no one call tell me with a straight face that if a Republican politician had said such a thing, particularly one who had once faulted the intelligence of an African-American Supreme Court Justice, he would have been spared the wrath of the race-conscious media.

I predict the furor will die down in a couple of days, with Reid keeping his job, but with his reputation–and that of his party–further tarnished.  Not so much because of these remarks, but because of his party’s manner in handling them.

Scott Brown’s Inverse “Macaca Moment”

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:40 am - January 12, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections,Noble Republicans

Image counts for a lot in politics.  One well-timed statement can turn an election.  A gaffe can destroy a political career.  Because Ronald Reagan explicitly refused to exploit for political purposes his opponent’s youth and inexperience, he prevented that Democrat from winning any state beyond his home state in their fall 1984 match-up.

Had George Allen not uttered a bizarre word whose meaning is unclear to most Virginians, he would still be representing that state in the Senate today. Scott Brown last night may well have made the statement that will allow him to serve in the house were Allen once served.

Yes, the people in the Bay State revere the Kennedy name, but they surely don’t revere it so much that, like the voice of the Beltway establishment, they believe a Senate seat belongs to a particular family. It’s not just that Scott Brown said that, it’s the way he said it.

This is not to say that I’m convinced he’s going to win one week from today, but that last night, he certainly increased his chances.

Coakley Neglects to Attack Brown On Key Dem Issue

With the first negative ad of the Massachusetts Senate race, Martha Coakley likens Rush Limbaugh to a Nazi and leaves out one important issue that her Republican opponent opposes.

Can you guess what it is? And what it says about the pet issue of the man she seeks to succeed. Oops, I gave away the answer, so I’d better add it in as one of the post’s categories.

(Via Red Mass Group.)

And don’t forget to see how Coakley’s slide in the polls has caused national Democrats to obsess over Sarah Palin’s silence.  “How humiliating,” John Hinderaker writes, “for the Democrats! Sarah Palin can twist them into knots simply by doing…nothing.

UPDATE:  Scott Brown is already fighting back with a new ad, but he’s not following the Democrat into the gutter, he’s following in the footsteps of a successful Democratic campaign against an old kind of politics.  Given this Republican’s record, it doesn’t much look like he’ll follow in that Democrat’s footsteps once elected.

You can’t even give away audio version of Scott McClellan’s book

I took some time off from blogging and my dissertation yesterday for a second visit to the Borders on La Cieneg.  The bookstore has slashed prices (4o% off on books) as it prepares to liquidate its stock, even its fixtures, before it closes its doors this coming Saturday, January 16.

Given my bibliophilia, I may even return again, expecting the management to reduce rates even further in the store’s final days.  Today, I just “collected” books on CD as I usually buy a new one every time I prepare to head up to San Francisco to visit the most important person in the state.  After my purchases today, I won’t have to for some time.   Today, they had reduced most titles to $3.99, then discounted that price by 70%, meaning you could take home an audio book for $1.20.

I bought about 15 for a total cost less than I normally pay for one book, plus I tossed 7 or 8 copies of a reading of the Gordon translation of the greatest poem written in the first century of the Common Era into my shopping cart, wanting to share this great story with my friends.  They can hear of the exploits of one of the greatest heroes of all time as they navigate Los Angeles traffic.

Oh and one audio CD that wasn’t selling, even at $1.20, Scott McClellan’s What Happened, a title which has long since outlived its publisher’s purpose.  Obama’s Democrats notwithstanding, Bush-bashing no longer sells.

GOP Certain to Pick Up Democratic Senate Seat

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 12:00 am - January 12, 2010.
Filed under: 2010 Elections

With his announcement today “that he is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Byron Dorgan“, John Hoeven moves a seat once considered safely Democrat to safe Republican.

Methinks the good Governor won’t have to campaign much, given his popularity in the Peace Garden State.  Perhaps, he could help his party replace the state’s Democratic Congressman with a representative more in line with the state’s partisan and philosophical inclinations.

And make sure to check out Michael Barone assessment of why this Republican state has been sending mostly Democrats to Congress for the past thirty years.