“The red votes are coming! The red votes are coming!”
“The Scott heard ‘round the world.”
Brown voters described as the most motivated ever
radio host Michael Graham
I’ve never seen anything like it.
I ran campaigns for six years, and I’ve been watching campaigns for years more, and I’ve never seen the “We’ve got to win this race” attitude from regular voters like I’m seeing for Scott Brown.
In a typical campaign, the hardest part is getting people to actually do things—show up at events, make phone calls, etc. They all talk a good game, but what you usually end up with is a hard core group of activists begging folks just to put a sign in their yards. That’s why money is so important—so campaigns can pay people to do the work. Even Obama had to use money to get his “community activist” campaign off the ground in early 2008.
Scott Brown is having the opposite problem. People are begging for stuff to do, and the campaign can’t keep up with the demand. On Saturday, driving between Ashland and Littleton, I saw more people displaying home made signs than printed ones.
“Home made signs?” I can’t tell you how astonishing that is to a paid political consultant. I was talking to a pal of mine still in the GOP political biz, and he was blown away.
There are home made Scott Brown signs all over this state. Some are magic marker on poster board, others are hand painted and carefully designed, but they all show the same thing: Brown’s voters are the most motivated voters I’ve ever seen in a campaign. Even more motivated than Obama voters a year ago.
A commenter writes at Graham’s site:
Martha held a rally at Michael’s Harborside in Newburyport sat. Next to it is the Gillis bridge that goes over the Merrimack, Brown supporters lined the bridge which looks down into the parking lot. Tons of people driving by were leaning on the horns, We out numbered her supporters 5-1 It was HER RALLY … Martha was an hour late, we heckled with a “where is Martha” chant. It was UNBELIVABLE newburyport is (was)a very liberal city. GO BROWN GO.
And people are showing a lot of wit (or is it humor?):
exodus2011 1 day ago
Some folks are really clever with their cute quotes ….
‘heckuva job Brownie!’
will there be another ‘Scott heard around the world’ (or at least the nation? *__*)
Hoping for a ‘Boston Tear Party’ at Coakley HQ on Tuesday night!
‘The red votes are coming! the red votes are coming!’
GO GO GO BROWN!
There are many readers’ comments at Graham’s site.
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David B. writes:
Martha Coakley’s candidacy for the Senate reminded me of a high-profile murder case. In 2006, a British-born man in the U.S. named Neil Entwhistle fled to Britain after his wife and infant daughter were found dead.
Then Middlesex Count District Attorney Martha Coakley was all over TV announcing the news of Entwhistle’s extradition. Every cable network carried her press conference live. Coakley just happened to be running for Massachussetts Attorney General that year.
I reflected that here was the perfect case for a politically ambitious District Attorney, an ideal Great White Defendant. Entwhistle was an Englishman who was accused of murdering his American wife and infant daughter. A Massachussetts DA couldn’t ask for more. I assumed that Coakley was of Irish extraction but when I saw her that day, she reminded me of an old-line self-righteous Puritan. I was not then aware of her involvement in the Amirault affair, but it was no surprise.
Mona Charen on Coakley’s many bloopers and how she gets a complete pass on them because she’s a Democrat.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 19, 2010 12:48 AM | Send