Our intrepid reporter from behind enemy lines offers the latest anecdote from the Bay State:
Recorded, of course. The voice is a guy, unidentified — NOT Martha herself. And I’m sorry to sound biased here, but my first impression was that he sounded, well… gay. It was quite a change from Mr. Manly World Series Pitcher Himself, Curt Schilling’s who called on Brown’s behalf exactly an hour before.
His first point was not about what good Martha would do, but a direct attack on Scott Brown. “He’d revive the failed policies of the Bush/Cheney administration which lost three million jobs”, the guy says. (I’m thinking: is he *smoking crack*? Does he even have his *calendar* right? Who’s he trying to kid? After the past year, in which many times as many jobs were lost under an all-Dem set-up, they’re still fixated monomaniacally on Bush — and *Cheney* fergoodnessakes?)
There was a lot of “blah, blah, blah” in the middle. The guy sounded like he was whining. It was *ALL* attack, until the very end, when he said Martha wouldn’t raise taxes in the U.S. Senate. I nearly burst out laughing. Clearly, with the Cheney reference, they are just playing to the fact that he polls poorly (never mind the fact that he’s a private citizen now). I suspect they are simply trying to solidify the die-hard part of their base. This kind of call would NOT have won any independents who have had their eyes and ears open the past year. She’s playing defense… couldn’t even be bothered to record the call herself or get a celebrity to do it. Very telling…
I do need to work on confronting my friend’s prejudices. Maybe I should start leaving voicemail messages, reminding him (in my deep voice) that I’m gay. And that soft-spoken fella who left a message for Martha was most likely, straight.
Now that my friend acknowledged his bias, we have work to do.