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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, September 04, 2012

All eyes on...

As Democrats gather in Charlotte most attention will be focused on Barack Obama. But a significant subset will be turned to a Senate race in Massachusetts.

The Boston Herald "Truth Squad" set the tone of the convention sub-story, resurrecting the Native American saga, complete with a picture of Harlan Geronimo, yes, that Geronimo,  a Democratic delegate seeking an audience with Elizabeth Warren prior to her convention speech tomorrow night.

Memo to Warren staff: do it and make sure your own cameras are there. And be prepared to answer the questions from the heart, once and for all.

Yep, Warren is likely to be the under card for this event. To the national media, she is one of the party's "brightest stars." To her hometown press, she's the rapidly fizzling phenom, the candidate whose party keeps stepping into traps sprung by Republican Scott Brown.

While Warren has the love of the party faithful, she's done a tepid job of wooing the rank and file -- and the independents -- who have been taken in by Brown's commercials that highlight his personalty rather than his votes.

Labor Day marks the unofficial start of the real campaign -- what's taken place so far has been so much sparring. And it's clear Brown has won that phase with his treacly commercials combined with some surgical strikes at "Professor" Warren. A Democratic-leaning telephone survey gave him a five percent advantage last month.

Warren has failed to make a real connection with a lot of voters, despite her own compelling personal story. Small example: I've been bombarded by fund-raising letters from the Obamas, Bill Clinton and the Democratic Party fund-raising apparatus. Not one piece of mail from the Warren camp.

The candidate has been out and about according to Twitter posts, the same source for party bragging about a lot of grassroots campaigning.

But the campaign apparently believes everything starts this week -- from yesterday's Labor Day breakfast to tomorrow's prime time national speech.

If that's the case, she is setting a very high bar, particularly with a media contingent that believes her efforts to date have been a lot of smoke and very little fire.

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Anonymous Doug Rubin said...

I read your blog every day, and really enjoy the insightful commentary. That's why I was so suprised to see the comment about our campaign thinking the election started on Labor Day. Much like we did with the Patrick campaign, a big part of our campaign strategy has been building a strong foundation in the field, at the grassroots - and that effort started over a year ago. It is critical to build this kind of foundation to defeat an incumbent Senator like Scott Brown.

We've got a lot of work to do between Labor Day and Election Day, but that work will be built on a strong foundation of grassroots support that Elizabeth has developed over the past year.

September 04, 2012 8:16 AM  
Anonymous Mike the Mad Biologist said...

I've been receiving tons of stuff from Warren for months, although I was a very early donor. Maybe this is a rally-the-base strategy?

September 04, 2012 10:20 AM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Thanks Doug, I appreciate your readership and I may not have been as clear as I should have been that voters consider Labor Day the unofficial start.

I did note I see Twitter reports about outreach by Elizabeth and by volunteers. But voters now tuning in are probably not tweeps and will probably be influenced by Brown's treacle. To me that represents a need to step it up -- something that is no doubt coming -- and to also lay the distractions to rest forever.

September 04, 2012 6:10 PM  
Blogger Outraged Liberal said...

Mike, I have never been asked for money and since I don't like giving it online, I am obviously not in the mix.

I don't know the campaign finance laws, but I do know I am on the Patrick and Obama records. If it'd legal and permissible to buy lists, why haven't I been hit up?

September 04, 2012 6:13 PM  

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