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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

What's goin' on?

There's an interesting feeling in the air as primary day dawns in Massachusetts, a day after three of the four top contenders stopped by to campaign in the Bay State (are you surprised that Myth Romney didn't know the way?)

But there's more to it that just the presence of John McCain, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. It's one of those rare times when the Massachusetts primary actually means something.

And as usual, in Massachusetts, the meaning is more significant for the Democrats.

In one corner Clinton, escorted by House Speaker Sal DiMasi and Senate President Terry Murray, makes quick stops in Worcester and Dorchester. Her reliance on the heavy political armor even caught the notice of the Washington Post, which dispatched a reporter on pub crawl to get a feel for what's going on and came away with the notion the legislative leaders combined with the Menino Machine may carry the day.

The Post also found younger voters unaware of Obama and as loyal to Clinton as one supporter who told the Globe:
"I feel so passionately about her being the next president. She knows the issues better than any of the candidates on either side."
But that's not the same story as last night. I can't help but wonder that when thousands of people line up four deep, waiting for a rally that started 2 1/2 hours late that Massachusetts may be Obama Country.
"If Obama was going to come here at 3 a.m., I would stay here," a rally-goer told the Globe.
And let's not forget Obama has some significant backing from Ted Kennedy, John Kerry and Deval Patrick, who also know how to turn out the vote.

And of course, the feeling of change isn't just limited to the Democrats.

Meet Mitt Romney, the anti-insider populist with a feel for the common man and woman. Polls suggest McCain is trailing Romney although the former governor would very likely lose in a two-man race without Mike Huckabee and Ron Paul.

And the Democratic excitement also deprives McCain of a valuable weapon -- the unenrolled Romney hater who might otherwise grab a GOP ballot and stick it to the Slick One.

There's a level of excitement about politics I can't recall, not just here but around the country. The desire to put the Bush years behind us is palpable.

The analogies of Obama to John and Robert Kennedy hold true and the historic nature of the Clinton candidacy is nothing to ignore. McCain and Romney are engaged in a steel cage match up with the Rabid Right starting to get nervous about McCain as the GOP nominee. An upset here could be a game-ender.

Secretary of State Bill Galvin is predicting a significant turnout and the polls, such as they are, suggest an uncertainty over who can pull this off.

This could be a fun night.

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Anonymous OBAMA 08' said...

Already voted, and only number 16 at the ballot in South Boston (McCormick).

GO OBAMA 08', It's time for change we can believe in!

Was nice to see the Hillary thugs got there early, and posted signs right up against the doorway. Can't those people follow the rules? Oh wait...

February 05, 2008 8:30 AM  

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