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Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Scenes from the Massachusetts GOP

As Charlie Baker continues to struggle for the common touch that would enable his Republican gubernatorial candidacy to reach a majority of Massachusetts voters, he must sometime sit and wonder how it has come so easily for his fellow GOP-er Scott Brown.

The New York Times treats us today to yet another soft-focus look at #41 (just check out the number on his softball jersey!) telling us the junior senator from Massachusetts may be in the vanguard of the GOP's revival on the wings of Northeast moderates.

We learn the Tea Party is somewhat disappointed in their hero after his vote on financial reform legislation (why, he spoke to Barney Frank!) and are urging a "healthy sense of pragmatism, especially in a state as traditionally liberal as Massachusetts."

The Times of course fails to tell us about Brown's far-from New England GOP moderate stance on don't ask, don't tell of course. Harms the story line.

And while Brown soaks up the oxygen, Baker plods along in the low-to-mid 30s, finally moving past Tim Cahill thanks to the independent Republican Governor Association assault on the treasurer. His own very unfavorables are slightly better than Cahill's and he remains an unknown to the majority of Massachusetts voters.

Sometimes the lack of attention is a good thing. The Associated Press report that Baker collected $100,000 in board compensation on top of his $1.75 million salary in his final full year as head of Harvard Pilgrim Heath Care didn't receive a lot of media oxygen. But then again, neither did his "Had Enough" tour.

And after a campaign shake-up, Baker is leaving no stone unturned, sitting down at a Watertown diner to share a PBJ with Billy Costa.

And probably wondering how he can tap into some of Brown's media magic.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

It didn't come easy to Brown, he worked his butt off meeting and greeting, in the truck, across the state. Martha couldn't be bothered to meet with the plebs outside Fenway. People remembered.

June 02, 2010 12:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie will surprise you all as no one, no one is paying attention.
He does need to ditch the Healy operatives which will kill a campaign.

June 02, 2010 12:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brown came by it naturally, he lived the life he sold to the voters. Baker doesn't have it. He's been "upper echelon" his whole life, and it shows. Appearing with Billy Costa, chewing with your mouth open while talking, and your sleeves rolled up, doesn't make you a man of the people. It just makes you a pretender who doesn't get it.

Romney thought he was going to broaden the MA GOP, too, and recruited a class of candidates to run one election. The only problem was that they made Larry, Curley, and Moe look like US Supreme Court justices by comparison, and he provided little or no campaign support to them, not wanting to waste some of his own good will.

June 02, 2010 5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Charlie is the one who dumped his original campaign manager in exchange for the one who designed Kerry Healy's campaign so well, and the results and tactics show it.

June 03, 2010 10:08 AM  

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