Here we are with the final column before the US Senate special election on Tuesday!
This was actually supposed to be in this week’s print edition, but thanks to a mix-up stuff that appeared in last week’s online version saw print, which what you’ll read below is just for your eyes only, web-surfers.
Unless you’ve been living in a cave on Mars with your eyes shut and your fingers in your ears for the past several months, you know well that our three candidates for the seat left vacant with Edward M. Kennedy’s passing are: Democrat Martha Coakley, currently Massachusetts Attorney General; State Senator Scott P. Brown (R – Wrentham); and Joseph L. Kennedy II, a Libertarian running as an independent who is in no way related to THE Kennedys.
Now, before any of you dismiss the election and think to yourselves, “I don’t have to vote, Coakley is going to slam-dunk this baby,” consider: a Rasmussen Reports poll of 500 voters who say they are likely to vote Tuesday had AG Coakley winning the race by only a nine-point margin. Half of those surveyed said they planned to support AG Coakley, 41 percent said they were behind Sen. Brown, seven percent were undecided, and one percent were voting for Mr. Kennedy (ouch…fourth place in a three-way race!).
Most notable, I think, is that unenrolled voters—who make up more than half of all Massachusetts voters—were more firmly behind Sen. Brown.
Then there is the Public Policy Polling poll that shows Sen. Brown ahead by one percentage point (48 percent to AG Coakley’s 47 percent), but then there is the Boston Globe poll that has AG Coakley ahead by 15 percentage points.
For what it’s worth, readers, none of these people are exactly lighting my world on fire, but Sen. Brown I’ve found particularly disappointing throughout this race. His campaign has been less about telling voters what he’s about than it has been about telling voters why AG Coakley would stink up the Senate, and despite his repeated claims he would be an “independent voice” in Washington while AG Coakley would mindlessly follow the Democratic Party line, his six-times-a-day e-mails (you think I’m kidding?) have been steeped in stock GOP rhetoric.
Which isn’t to say AG Coakley hasn’t been spouting Democrat-approved rhetoric like a good little zombie, but I personally couldn’t tell you because the Dems can’t get a strong and consistent message out to save their lives (if the GOP excels at anything, it’s staying on-message to a fault).
Kennedy? Well, he lost me the minute he proclaimed himself the “Tea Party Candidate,” because so-called Tea Partiers have yet to show me they’re anything but conservative Republicans in a very thin and flimsy disguise (unless Fox News is suddenly hot to rile up the liberal Democrat base, ho ho).
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A reminder that State Representative Jeffrey D. Perry’s (R – Sandwich) annual “Jokes With Jeff” fundraiser is coming up on Friday, January 29. Rep. Perry welcomes comedian Robbie Printz to the Cape Codder Resort for a night of comedy and politics. Michael Graham has been added to the evening’s roster of entertainment.
Doors open at 7 PM, the show starts at 8 PM. To reserve a seat for the night, go to www.electjeffperry.com/donation_online.html and make a donation to his 2010 reelection campaign.
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