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Tweeting the Massachusetts Senate special election

Darkness is falling in Massachusetts and less than a hour remains before polls close -- at 8 pm -- across the state.

Rumors and anecdote run like wildfire on an election day and today is no different. But, there are at least three developments worth noting.

First, Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin, a Democrat, is predicting that turnout will be between 1.6 million and 2.2 million. What's less clear is which candidate that helps. In a traditional Democratic state like Massachusetts, one would assume that it would be a good thing for Coakley. But, Brown is the intensity candidate and, therefore, a larger turnout might benefit him.

Second, Galvin has indicated that he will not block the seating of Brown if the Republican wins tonight -- a major point of contention as Brown would represent the 41st GOP seat, giving the party, theoretically, the ability to block major Obama Administration agenda items including health care.

Third, the knives are officially out on the Democratic side about who is to blame for the current state of the race. Politico's Ben Smith got his hands on a memo from a Coakley adviser blaming Washington Democrats for their failure to provide her with the financial and infrastructural aid she needed in late 2009 to ensure this race never developed into something real. A Democratic party official shot back in an email to the Fix; "It's just a bunch of lies," the source said of the Coakley memo.

For the next few hours, we'll be tweeting our reporting, observations and random thoughts about what we are seeing and hearing in Massachusetts. You can either follow along below -- where the ten most recent tweets will appear -- or sign up to follow "TheHyperFix" on Twitter. Heck, while you're at it follow "TheFix" too!

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    By Paul Volpe  |  January 19, 2010; 7:15 PM ET
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    Maybe you should stop spending your time analysing a silly local election and open your eyes to how many people are dying because the U.S. are doing military movements into Haiti, and blocking the 'normal' countries delivering aid in this emergency! Who told the stupid americans to invade Haiti? Stop this ridiculous outrage and give the people what the rest of the world are sending to them! 8 days after the earthquake, people, who are camped 200 metres from the only airport controlled by the US army are hungary and thirsty! Airplanes with fodd and medical aid are being turned away in favour of landing more troops, who are busy building tents for themselves! I guess the average IQ of a US general can't be very high!

    Posted by: Whacked | January 20, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

    Turnout was projected at 1.6 to 2 million. They actually got more than 2.2 million (not including all absentee ballots). Comparing this special election to the last presidential election in Massachusetts, Brown received at least 60,000 more votes than McCain did in 2008. Coakley received 800,000 fewer votes than Obama did. Someone at the White House can do simple math. Exit polling, of course, showed that Obamacare was the number one issue.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

    douglaslbarber:

    Our first stop will be the Barking Crab!!!

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

    JakeD, if you make it to Boston and find some decent fried clams, overnight me some. I'll trade all my county-level and lower votes for one plate of good ones, which have been hard to come by in the hinterlands since the Howard Johnson's Wednesday and Friday all you can eat deals bit the dust.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 10:43 PM | Report abuse

    Alas, I'd been counting on a "Fix" t-shirt revolutionizing my social life radically enough that my genes might be cast far and wide, my descendants thus enabled to eat the descendants of Jake and 37'th.

    Looks like it's time for "Plan B" - I'm now thinking the Barbers might need to grow porcupine quills to survive the millenium.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

    I think we have effectivly and irrevocably demonstrated that BJ is a loud mouthed idiot.

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 10:16 PM | Report abuse

    Our boycott of Boston is officially over! We are planning our first trip for May : )

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse

    BHO's rope-a-dope approach is not working.
    ***************************

    Sure, but he still thinks it has legs.
    And people fired by Bush or who should have been, believe their work will be vindicated.

    Oh well, at least it was not fun while it lasted.


    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 10:11 PM | Report abuse

    "The second is coming up with a meaningful information-delivering capability to counter the Fox/Rush/Drudge triumvirate and all the local talk radio Drudge look alikes.

    Dems are depending on news organizations which profess a standard of objectivity to counter outright propaganda, and it ain't workin'.

    As an aside, those PUMA's who were so upset that the wife of the last Democratic president didn't become the next Democratic president - if they can't win an election in Massachussets they can't win one anywhere.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM
    _____________

    Totally cosign, especially the point that BHO needs to deal with/counter Drudge World. They create their own reality: they started talking about Brown moving ahead before it had a basis in reality. They created this Brown surge out of...nothing. BHO's rope-a-dope approach is not working.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 10:00 PM | Report abuse

    "this Brown win will be a wake up call for BHO"

    This will be the question, can he wake up?
    Was his victory a one hit wonder?

    No matter what it was a wonder, but a lot of people in the trenches wonder about the whole tin ear problem. Republicans had it,

    but now even though they have no political program, nothing at all, they have showne (that is Massachusetts for made-it-clear) that from now on, they can beat Democrats, no matter what.

    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

    Mr. 3_: I apologize to Mrs. Coakley for the failure of the U.S. electoral process. I also apologize for making a prediction (Martha by 5) that was based on the assumption that everybody gets to vote. I was clearly in error. Mr. 3_, I hope you will kindly join in my apology.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

    "Dems are depending on news organizations which profess a standard of objectivity to counter outright propaganda, and it ain't workin'."

    Ouch, so true and I wish I had said that.

    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

    Doug, that could be. I personally think BHO should have gone with a clean hardcore plan with the public option and forced an early up or down vote. He got bogged down in a futile quest for bipartisanship.

    The good thing is this Brown win will be a wake up call for BHO.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

    "As an aside, those PUMA's who were so upset that the wife of the last Democratic president didn't become the next Democratic president - if they can't win an election in Massachusetts they can't win one anywhere."

    Ouch, so true, but I am glad you said it.

    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 9:46 PM | Report abuse

    Broad_____joe

    Be a man and apologize to America


    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

    I think the message is that the Chicago-style politics of outright buying votes angered voters, and rightfully so, a lot more than Obama and Congress expected. Absent the Nebraska debacle and the union payoff, I don't think this would have happened.

    Posted by: 1ofamillion | January 19, 2010 9:44 PM | Report abuse

    Boston Tea Party 2010!!! Less taxes not more. The people can invest their money better than Big Government can waste it. Congratulations, Senator Brown. Leftist democrats beware. Your time is coming. The Tea Party is only getting started.


    Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 19, 2010 9:35 PM
    __

    Yeah, we know about the Tea Bag Party. We saw Tea Bag President Dale Robertson's n-word sign on HuffPo. Message received.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:40 PM | Report abuse

    Broadwayjoe, I'm under the impression that "big pharma" is on board the current health care reform plan. Maybe that's part of the problem.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 9:39 PM | Report abuse

    Boston Tea Party 2010!!! Less taxes not more. The people can invest their money better than Big Government can waste it. Congratulations, Senator Brown. Leftist democrats beware. Your time is coming. The Tea Party is only getting started.

    Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 19, 2010 9:35 PM | Report abuse

    This is ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST DAYS FOR AMERICA.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:32 PM | Report abuse

    President Obama, thanks for coming to Mass. Your speech was very effective. You convinced a lot of people to vote ... for Brown!

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 9:31 PM | Report abuse

    Now Mr. Brown can finally break out his BHO-as-the-Joker Teabagger sign.

    Winners: Brown, teabaggers and other racial proxy movements, fake polls, Drudge/Fix World, false narrative, mass pathology, Big Pharma, corporate greed.

    Losers: 300 million Americans.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

    Can you imagine what those Iranian Mullahs, Chinese number crunchers, Talibani cave dwellers, AIPAC lobbyists and all the rest of our haters and investors are thinking?

    WHAT IS WRONG WITH THAT COUNTRY?

    That is my guess. They can't figure out what is wrong with free and fair elections. They are unpredictable. Must be some power in that whole free people thing.

    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

    So it has come thro. And I am not surprised.
    Ever since Mr.Obama called the officer "stupid" because Prof.Louis Gates Jr. did not behave, I was certain that Mr.Obama lost the support of a good many number of Mass. voters. It was wrong for him say what he (Mr.Obama) did say that day (during the news conference on HealthCare).
    Very expensive mistake indeed.

    Posted by: PlumWdhse | January 19, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse

    Ouch. Another major failure in barrys full quiver of ineptitude. This has got to be even more historical than a black president.

    Perhaps later this year Barry will stumble into his first bumbling success.

    The SOTU is looking better already.

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 9:27 PM | Report abuse


    Associate Press calls the race for SCOTT BROWN !!!!!

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

    broadwayjoe:

    Look up the word "concede". It's over, son.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

    Jeez, I sure wish we still had GW Bush in charge. When he blew the surplus and put us in the red, those were the best of times. And the Republican controlled Congress was great, too. Nobody knew what earmarks were until they showed just how many you could stick onto a piece of legislation. And Bush's vision for Social Security was genius. Let Wall Street in on it. Imagine, if we had such a system, how much fun that would have been for retirees last year? My 401k losing 30% was fun, but far too modest of a loss for my taste. Ahh, the Bush "you're on your own" vision... those were the days.

    And the Republican plans on health care - just lower the standards and consumer protections of health plans and make people pay more of the costs - is great for the insurance industry. People who get sick are just LAZY. And they're probably all here illegally, too. We need the GOP now more than ever.

    Posted by: mikebythesun | January 19, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

    1939, Germany

    December 7, 1941, Hawaii

    January 19, 2010, Massachusetts

    _____

    Dr. Maddow just played a clip of Brown insulting the President's mother. Sad. She also mentions that Brown was a recipient of major funds from the racial proxy movement, the Tea Bag Party. One of America's darkest days.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

    I can think of two obvious things that went wrong. The first is candidate selection based on identity politics. How'd that work out with Michael Steele? Barack Obama is the exception that proves the rule - he has genuine top flight political skills, though he would surely have benefited from a term or two as VP.

    The second is coming up with a meaningful information-delivering capability to counter the Fox/Rush/Drudge triumvirate and all the local talk radio Drudge look alikes.

    Dems are depending on news organizations which profess a standard of objectivity to counter outright propaganda, and it ain't workin'.

    As an aside, those PUMA's who were so upset that the wife of the last Democratic president didn't become the next Democratic president - if they can't win an election in Massachussets they can't win one anywhere.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

    Associate Press calls the race for SCOTT BROWN

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

    Suzy. Will he play with that bloody nose?

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 9:23 PM | Report abuse

    As usual the liberal is oblivious and impervious to the facts.

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

    broad___joe


    Are you ready to start apologizing to the American people ?

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:20 PM | Report abuse

    Does anyone know who Barry likes in the Superbowl? I would like to bet on the other team.

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 9:13 PM


    I don't know about Barry, but Coakley is betting on the Red Sox. She says Curt Schilling will throw at least three touchdown passes.

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 9:18 PM | Report abuse

    We refuse to believe fake controversies, false narratives, bogus Rasmussen-type polls, unlimited free publicity from rightwing embeds in the MSM, and the disturbing influence of racial proxy movements like Dale Robertson's Tea Bag Party can thwart the will of the people in a major election.

    If that's the case, January 19, 2010 is a day that will live in infamy.

    Regards,

    The United States of America.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:17 PM | Report abuse

    Jake

    Do you know of a website which is streaming the election results tally?


    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

    Oh oh -- Mockingbird caught the cap disease.

    And do you think all the Dems will be voted out? There is the rule of the pendulum. We'll see. I hope you're rooting for the home team though. It's a huge tent.

    Posted by: weareone | January 19, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

    Does anyone know who Barry likes in the Superbowl? I would like to bet on the other team.

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

    Time for some hard thinking about what went wrong.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 8:48 PM

    Yes, hard thinking is always a good idea.
    Timeless.

    I was ranting about what went wrong a year ago as they installed their (human) operating system. What, they looked at the cover of the New Yorker and thought they had a mandate?

    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 9:12 PM | Report abuse

    Classic rock is for people who don't care what kind of garbage they listen to as long as it's familiar.

    Anyone who doesn't mind hearing Layla and Stairway to Heaven (or "Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes") day in day out year in year out probably is a few bales shy of a load.

    Posted by: Noacoler | January 19, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

    Posted by: 1ofamillion | January 19, 2010 9:08 PM | Report abuse

    Note To 37thandOstreet:

    Writing in caps (a visual assault) doesn't help to make your statements reasonable. Instead, it really indicates that you have some experience with people being unwilling to listen to what you have to say. Instead of yelling in print (or elsewhere) consider improving the quality of your what you have to say. And you do want our President and country to succeed -- right? Breathe.

    Posted by: weareone | January 19, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

    Suzy


    Good one.........


    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

    For a state as liberal as Taxachusetts to act so out of character and vote Republican shows how strong the popular uprising against the Democrats' Obamacare revolution has become.

    For the first time, the Obama administration and Congress are finally hearing the people - NO HEALTH CARE REFORM BILL - but it's too late, and it will cost them big in 2010.

    2010 VOTE ALL DEMOCRATS OUT

    Posted by: mock1ngb1rd | January 19, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

    Sadly, they traditionally count the urban and minority areas last. They should go 75 to 25 Coakley. Coakley by 5 still possible. Developing...

    ______

    Dr. Maddow just gave "our gracious host" a shout out/acknowledgment.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

    "One thing people on both sides of Brown-Coakley divide can agree on. Massachusetts/New Hampshire has best classic rock radio in country."

    No you don't. New Englanders and in country are not a good tweet.

    No one can even agree on what Classic Rock is (what the meaning of the word is is) Chris, if you don't know that, don't tweet.
    WE all agree on the era, but we don't agree on what...oh forget it. What's next, you tweeting marriage advice? Take your own counsel.

    Posted by: shrink2 | January 19, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

    Obama decides to exile Rahm Emanuel to Afghanistan. He tells Rahm, "don't worry, there are no terrorists there."

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 8:58 PM

    Update: Rahm responded by saying, "can I take my Cosmo picture of Brown with me?"

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

    Can we all admit bJ is an idiot.

    Posted by: Moonbat | January 19, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

    Wow didn't realize JakeD was still on the payroll. Enjoy it while it lasts. Dems. needed a good wake-up call in order to get fired up for 2010 and 2012. This fiasco should do the trick.

    Posted by: antlerson | January 19, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

    The following is an actual post I saw on a social networking site from a Massachusetts voter:

    "I am a die-hard blue-state, lifelong Democratic Obama-loving liberal commie leftist, but Martha Coakley is the absolute worst political hack imaginable. I'm swallowing my pride and voting for Scott Brown. Anything to keep Coakley out of office."

    This for me sums up the American voter. I like/dislike a candidate's personality, so I'll vote for or against him or her based solely on that. Issues be damned. Consequences be damned.

    Oh, well. My daughter is two years old. Maybe when she's in her 30s, America will have some kind of universal health insurance coverage.

    Posted by: Bondosan | January 19, 2010 8:56 PM
    _________

    It's not over. Hang in there. Coakley is charging...

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 9:00 PM | Report abuse

    Obama decides to exile Rahm Emanuel to Afghanistan. He tells Rahm, "don't worry, there are no terrorists there."

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

    The following is an actual post I saw on a social networking site from a Massachusetts voter:

    "I am a die-hard blue-state, lifelong Democratic Obama-loving liberal commie leftist, but Martha Coakley is the absolute worst political hack imaginable. I'm swallowing my pride and voting for Scott Brown. Anything to keep Coakley out of office."

    This for me sums up the American voter. I like/dislike a candidate's personality, so I'll vote for or against him or her based solely on that. Issues be damned. Consequences be damned.

    Oh, well. My daughter is two years old. Maybe when she's in her 30s, America will have some kind of universal health insurance coverage.

    Posted by: Bondosan | January 19, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

    Just in: Obama has ordered everyone in his Cabinet to read the Encyclopedia of Baseball. Baseball caps will be required at all meetings. Anyone with a Red Sox cap will be thrown to the republicans.

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

    This whole thing started with Obama staying on the golf course over the holidays - releasing statements that downplayed a terrorist incident that could have killed 300 people.


    It is UNBELIEVABLE.


    People do not want the health care bill - however Obama has been MISMANAGING THE COUNTRY.


    Instead of the economy, Obama is off reviewing the Afghanistan policy for months - only to choose a Bush-like Surge and then say we are pulling out in 18 months.


    Then Obama goes to Copenhagen TWICE on issues which have nothing to do with the economy.


    I GUESS WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM SOMEONE LIKE OBAMA WHO HAS NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EXCEPT FOR BUYING COCAINE.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

    "...Celebrations broke out everywhere after her win. Groups spontaneously formed to support the new Senator. "Martha's Minions" they called themselves--all believers in the exciting progressive agenda she would bring to the Senate. Although Martha didn't see her, a secret admirer looked at her from a nearby window. It was Hillary Rodham Clinton, one trailbrazer paying homage to another."

    Excerpt from the upcoming book, "Marvelous Martha."

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

    Congratulations, SENATOR Brown : )

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

    This is going to be a monumental Democratic party failure. First of all, I think, a failure of candidate selection. But secondly, a monumental failure on the part of the Democratic administration and congress to stand for defensible legislation and to win the message wars.

    A year ago the democratic party was handed the government on a silver platter by an utterly incompetent Republican administration. It was a moment of great opportunity for that party.

    The opportunity has been flushed down the toilet.

    Time for some hard thinking about what went wrong.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

    President Obama, do yourself a favor. Call in sick tomorrow.

    Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 19, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

    Looks like we will be getting more of the same. Corporate run health care with faceless corporate bureaucrats deciding which medicines you will get, which tests your doctor can order, and how much of your premiums will be used to give bonus to claims adjusters who help the company achieve its quarterly profit projections. Good luck America.

    Posted by: dlpetersdc | January 19, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

    Asking losers who are hanging out at the polling place (because they ran out of rocks to throw off the highway overpass), "Who'd ya vote for?" is not my idea of an exit poll. If every vote is counted, it's Coakley by 5. Case closed. Courage, Massachusetts.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

    When results mean something: 25% of precincts (or so) in.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse

    "...and then Senator Reid gave Senator-elect Coakley a tour of the Senate side of the Capitol. He walked her over to the 200 year old desk on the Senate floor where she will sit after she is sworn in. Mrs. Coakley smiled and said, "I won't let the country down." Up in the gallery, 100 school kids cheered and hollered back, "Go get 'em, Martha."

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

    JakeD LOLOL!!!

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

    If 22% of DEMS voted for Brown, Coakley is TOAST!

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

    And so it has come down to this... if Brown wins; Dumbocrats will pas a healh care bill that will be all the worst of both bills, jut to say they passed something. If Brown loses, the Dumbocrats will pass another health care bill that will not do anything but come back to haunt middle America for the next few generations. Two days ago, over 52% of the people polled did not want this bill.So Congress.... What don't you understand???

    Posted by: nosuchluck | January 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

    broadwayjoe:

    This is an actual "exit poll" though, asking real voters after they've voted. Even YOU could do that!

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

    "tenterhooks are used for holding fabric taut and in shape while it is processed. If you go in a fabric store and look at the upper-end bolts (especially velvets and satins) you will see the edges have little prick marks in them all along the fabric. The fabric has been run through dying/polishing/finishing/blocking while stretched between parallel tracks of tenterhooks.

    It means strecthed, suspended, anticipating, uncomfortable.

    Posted by: margaretmeyers"

    Ah, thanks. I'm usually good with metaphors, but that one escaped me.

    Posted by: DDAWD | January 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

    As we await the returns, I see the false right-left paradigm is alive and well on the blogs. The problem is not socialism, or the primacy of equality. Truth has it that the United States is a representative democracy in form, not in practice. The corporations have merged with the state. According to Mussolini, this is the essence of fascism.

    Posted by: Aurellano | January 19, 2010 8:28 PM | Report abuse

    RASMUSSEN EXIT POLL:

    [Discredited data from a polling operation totally exposed by a recent politico.com article has been omitted.]

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:12 PM
    ________

    We stopped reading after "RASMUSSEN." What's the point?

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

    LOL douglaslbarber!!! First order of business, have Acting President Biden "co-sign" my nomination papers ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

    FaithE and couragEe, MassachusettEs ...

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

    As the magnitude of Scott Brown's crushing of democrat Martha Coakley became apparent, President Obama moved swiftly to contain the damage, replacing DHS head Napolitano with JakeD and assigning 37th_and_O as Joe Biden's new head speechwriter. Details at 11.

    Posted by: douglaslbarber | January 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

    IF EVERY vote is counted, Coakley wins by 5, my original prediction. Obviously I cannot take into account voter suppression and/or intimidation. Faith and courage, Massachusetts, while the country looks on.

    Future news: "Good morning, Senator Coakley, my name is Reid, Harry Reid. Welcome to Washington, D.C." And thus Mrs. Coakley was greeted on Wednesday, a day after her amazing win over teabagger candidate Scott Brown shocked the pundits and losers who had predicted her downfall..."

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

    rl5614, I work with National Guardsmen who have been over to the Middle East three times already. I am in agreement with you: another Republican feeding at the public trough and then complaining about the welfare state. I bet he get great bennies when he retires, too. All for being a Remington Raider.

    Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 19, 2010 8:15 PM | Report abuse

    RASMUSSEN EXIT POLL:

    Among those who decided how they would vote in the past few days, Coakley has a slight edge, 47% to 41%.

    Coakley also has a big advantage among those who made up their mind more than a month ago.

    Seventy-six percent (76%) of voters for Brown said they were voting for him rather than against Coakley.

    Sixty-six percent (66%) of Coakley voters said they were voting for her rather than against Brown.

    22% of Democrats voted for Brown. That is generally consistent with pre-election polling.

    http://www.rasmussenreports.com/

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

    tenterhooks are used for holding fabric taut and in shape while it is processed. If you go in a fabric store and look at the upper-end bolts (especially velvets and satins) you will see the edges have little prick marks in them all along the fabric. The fabric has been run through dying/polishing/finishing/blocking while stretched between parallel tracks of tenterhooks.

    It means strecthed, suspended, anticipating, uncomfortable.

    Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 19, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

    The Massachusetts Massacre
    a political autopsy- how and why obama’s presidency failed

    coakley was the least significant among the losses on tuesday night. obama’s presidency not only failed, but was soundly rejected. but due to his predictive profile, obama will not comprehend the nature and extent of his failures.

    obama had a systemic political failure in massachusetts.

    political autopsy results–

    1. while obama slept–how could massachusetts NOT be on obama’s radar screen?

    obama has spent most of the year bribing senators due to a razor thin margin in the senate. yet obama sleeps while brown attacks.

    more ominously obama had two systemic failures–strategic and tactical which will reappear with far more serious consequences in national security, as homeland napolitano makes coakley look like a genius.

    2. strategic –obama failed to designate someone to monitor massachusetts. thats what presidents do--and obama didn’t.

    obama is not only asleep at the switch, obama denies there are trains while the whistle gets louder and louder.

    3. tactical–obama does not multitask well, he is hopelessly mired in a reactive mode. team obama has some great players, but the bench lacks depth.

    Posted by: ProCounsel | January 19, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

    rl5614:

    Just a little too little, a little too late ; )

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

    Brown describes himself as “probably one of the most qualified soldiers in the entire Massachusetts [Guard],’’ having been an enlisted man and trained in infantry, airborne, and quartermaster duties and joining the Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 1994.

    Despite his long career, Brown, unlike many Guard members, has never been in a unit sent to a combat zone such as Iraq or Afghanistan, nor has he volunteered for active duty in a war zone, as some Guardsmen have

    So superman is the most qualified soldier in the entire Massachusetts Guard, have to wonder what those who have gone off to fight while he sat home save and sound thinks of his views of himself. Seems like the tax payers of Mass paid big bucks and got very little in return.

    Posted by: rl5614 | January 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse


    This whole thing started with Obama staying on the golf course over the holidays - releasing statements that downplayed a terrorist incident that could have killed 300 people.

    It is UNBELIEVABLE.

    People do not want the health care bill - however Obama has been MISMANAGING THE COUNTRY.

    Instead of the economy, Obama is off reviewing the Afghanistan policy for months - only to choose a Bush-like Surge and then say we are pulling out in 18 months.


    Then Obama goes to Copenhagen TWICE on issues which have nothing to do with the economy.

    I GUESS WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM SOMEONE LIKE OBAMA WHO HAS NO ECONOMIC OR BUSINESS EXPERIENCE EXCEPT FOR BUYING COCAINE.

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

    Some reports are saying that Coakley had a sparse get-out-the-vote operation in Boston


    Meanwhile, the Mayor of Boston was on MSNBC


    If she really needed help, the Mayor's people should have turned out the vote in Boston - so what happened?


    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

    Boston Democrats are the political geniuses of the universe, except when it comes to winning elections.

    Posted by: blasmaic | January 19, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

    Gee whiz there outta be a law against "political malpractice" in Massachusetts. With all that back and forth finger pointing between Coakley's campaign and the DNC before ballots are counted, something really must be wrong. I blame Obama for abandonding the principle of universal care. Without that, Democrats gave up the high ground.

    Posted by: Aurellano | January 19, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

    broad___joe


    Polls and Trolls - really got you down lately, huh ?

    .

    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

    These voter suppression questions are very disturbing. Let's hope every vote is counted and those who wanted to vote today were allowed to vote. Courage, Massachusetts.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

    Guys, what's a tenterhook?

    Posted by: DDAWD | January 19, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

    It's not over. Coakley by 5. She will not be defeated by false media narratives, fake controversies (Curt Schilling), and polls that don't meet commonly accepted journalistic standards (like the "polls" the New York Times discredited). Massachusetts won't be snookered by Drudge World nonsense.

    Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 19, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

    This is an actual "exit poll" though, asking real voters after they've voted. Even YOU could do that.

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

    "DDAWD, if Brown wins tonight, Republicans do not have anything close to a majority."

    I know. I was just being snarky :)

    Posted by: DDAWD | January 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

    sorry jaked, but according to Howie Kurtz in an article a couple of weeks ago, the credibility of Rasmussen Polls are in question as they have received much business ($$$$$) from the RNC,and other GOP PACS, etc...so neutral they ain't.

    Posted by: katem1 | January 19, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

    sorry jaked, but according to Howie Kurtz in an article a couple of weeks ago, the credibility of Rasmussen Polls are in question as they have received much business ($$$$$) from the RNC,and other GOP PACS, etc...so neutral they ain't.

    Posted by: katem1 | January 19, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

    Who's to blame for Coakley's loss, Coakley or Obama?

    http://www.youpolls.com/default.asp

    .

    Posted by: usadblake | January 19, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

    "Democratic leaders making rounds of calls to vulnerable Members/potential retirees to try to keep them in line if Coakley loses tonight."


    _____________________________


    The NATIONAL IMPLICATIONS ARE FAR-REACHING

    OBAMA SHOULD JUST RE-VAMP HIS AGENDA.

    IT IS NOT THAT HARD - EXCEPT IF THE DEMOCRATS ARE COMPLETELY DELUSIONAL.

    ONLY IT APPEARS FROM THEIR STATEMENTS THEY ARE.

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    Posted by: 37thand0street | January 19, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

    "Democratic leaders making rounds of calls to vulnerable Members/potential retirees to try to keep them in line if Coakley loses tonight."

    LOL!!!

    "Coakley presser only for those in Boston ... will update once I get a read-out ..."

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

    "Remember...no exit poll tonight..."

    That's the second time you've misstated (just because WaPo didn't get its act together in time, doesn't mean that Rasmussen was as inept):

    http://bungalowbillscw.blogspot.com/2010/01/massachusetts-exit-polls-what-you-need.html

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

    Will Obama be able to pull enough strings to get the votes necessary? Only time will tell in this struggle.

    Posted by: reason5
    ------------------------------------------
    He could make some kind of bribe. It's possible to do in front of the accomplice media. Something like healthcare "breaks" if you live in Nebraska, or are a union member, or are Amish, or the trifecta, an Amish union member living in Nebraska. In this case you are eligible for a lump sum, tax-free cash payment.

    Posted by: leapin | January 19, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

    DDAWD, if Brown wins tonight, Republicans do not have anything close to a majority. Dems. 59 and Repubs. 41. Democrat's are no longer filibuster proof, but they still have a large majority. I do think Democrat's will try to ram the senate bill through before Brown is seated. Mass. Sec. of State Galvin has said he won't delay Brown's placement into the US Senate, if Brown wins. That being said, Obama & the Dems will get Senate Democrats to vote for the Senate version of the bill again and then try to push it through the house. Will it work? People like Stupek, Sestek & Cao will likely not vote for the Senate version as they did the House version. Will there be enough detractors (5) to kill the healthcare bill? Will Obama be able to pull enough strings to get the votes necessary? Only time will tell in this struggle.

    Posted by: reason5 | January 19, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

    Hoyer needs to make up for the lost Stupak votes (and any other Dem coming to his senses).

    Posted by: JakeD | January 19, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

    FWIW, Steny Hoyer seems to be pushing towards passing the Senate version of the bill as it rather than trying to negotiate with the new Republican majority if Brown wins.

    Posted by: DDAWD | January 19, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

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