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Saturday, January 02, 2010

High yawn campaign

We stand on the cusp of health care reform. The economy is slowly recovering but may need an extra push. One war is winding down while another is slowly ramping up. These are the issues that will face the new junior senator from Massachusetts.

But instead of dealing with these issues, we are treated to barbs about taking time off the campaign trail, the number of Facebook friends, and grainy black and white footage designed to hide a specious argument about tax cuts.

Oh yeah, and some headline writing that seems like cheerleading. But give the Herald some credit for paying attention, unlike the Globe or most of potential voters for this month's special election.

There's no great shock in Martha Coakley taking it easy during the holidays -- does any one really want political rhetoric mixed with their cup of kindness to the days of Auld Lang Syne? And yes, I did notice Scott Brown's near dominance of the twittersphere.

But Facebook friends and Twitter followers aren't the strongest marker of voter support, at least not yet. Money is -- and Coakley has that squared away, despite the efforts of Herald headline writers to buy Eric Fehrnstrom's spin in the face of a five-to-one Coakley advantage.

So count me among the folks who plan to curl up with some good reading, interspersed with turns at the shovel, and happily go back to ignoring the non-campaign.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, go back to sleep. Sleeepppp. You'll awake to a surprise.

January 02, 2010 11:41 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Senate Republicans are a grotesque monolith and a collective caricature of "bought-and-paid-for politicians".
Is there any reason to believe Brown would be an exception to the rule?
If you want to be absolutely certain that absolutely nothing will be done to benefit the poorest 95% of the population over the next few years, vote for Scott Brown.

January 02, 2010 11:52 PM  
Blogger Readwriteblue said...

Sorry to comment on this so late, I've been busy making calls for Scott Brown.

ML, I sincerely hope that you have misjudged the electorate, and that money doesn't equal votes (perhaps the way it was in New Jersey). But we are in the bluest of blue state and Jan 19Th will tell.

Daniel, if Senate Republicans are a caricature so are Senate Democrats. Partially because of the miserable performance of our mass media, and partially because they truly are "limousine liberals" whom are insulated from the failings of their ideology.

January 03, 2010 11:00 AM  

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