Our reporter finally hears from the extremely well-educated Democrat seeking to replace Teddy Kennedy in Daniel Webster’s Senate seat:
4:00PM, recorded call with Martha’s voice. It’s the first I have taken of that type, though my wife is just hanging up on all of them now without listening. (I gently harangued her, a straight-line Dem voter, towards Brown. That debate ended in a draw; after an hour of research, she expressed distaste for both candidates and isn’t voting. I suspect there may be more out there like her, particularly given the weather, which is utterly foul. It’s not a great way to win, but it’s better than losing.)
Martha’s tone on the call was school-marmish — like one would talk to a ten-year-old, or an old person hard of hearing that one didn’t particularly like. Reminds me of my fifth grade teacher who would lecture me about things like “keeping an open mind” and listening better. Said she would vote to protect Social Security and Medicare (as if she could single-handedly stuff paper towels into the long fatal tear in the hull and keep the Titanic and keep it from sinking.)
She also made an odd, cryptic reference to women “taking their daughters to the polls”, then talked about how she would protect “our” interests in Washington. Click. That unlocked what the call was really about — the single, gender-base-galvanizing issue when all else fails: abortion. She has no idea what kind of dark forces she is bargaining with. This may not be a hot one with this audience, but it has become one with me. My views on this have reversed 180 degrees in five years. In short: right to choose WHAT, exactly?
Tellingly, that call was paid for not by Martha’s campaign, but by the DNC. (Didja ever wonder why two things so closely related are called DNC?)
A few minutes later, a short call from an unidentified, recorded woman’s voice saying that turnout has been high overall, but not in our area and to please vote. At the end of the call, I learn it’s from the Brown committee.