So said one of two Martha Coakley supporters drowning in a sea of 500 Scott Brown fans in the center of Middleborough Massachusetts at the last stop of an all day Bus Tour.

The lady, a visitor from Florida up for a triple christening (congratulations!) joined her sister-in-law, a local grade school teacher who went down to see what kind of numbers Brown was drawing. They were amazed and frustrated at what they saw.

They had reason to be frustrated. The long silence of independents and republicans was over as Everett Square was filled with a crowd that dwarfed the Attorney General’s Worcester Rally yesterday. The presence of Lt. Governor Tim Murray, Springfield Congressman Richard Neil, Worcester’s congressman Jim McGovern and even the former President of the United States Bill Clinton was inadequate by comparison to the drawing power of Scott Brown in his campaign bus.

The large but well behaved crowd were there for the republican candidate. People like Robert Baylr from Lakeville came with his wife and son to see the candidate who he considered in touch with his views. Arlene Polivnen Liked Brown (and graciously gave me a pen when mine was nowhere to be found). Her Husband was vocal in both his disdain for the Late Ted Kennedy and the current administration at the state and federal level.

However in a state where only 38 months ago Ted Kennedy took 69% of the vote, the support of republicans and independents who were part of the 31% that opposed him in that election would not be enough to take Brown over the top. What the campaign needs to win are voters from that 69% that would be voting the other way.

The first evidence of this came from a server from the Hideaway restaurant taking a break to watch the spectacle. He expressed disinterest in this and all elections but noted that customers who were previously supportive of Coakley had been turned off by her repeated gaffes and negative ads and now supported Brown.

As hearsay evidence is not admissible I looked for further evidence. I found some from Brown volunteers who had shared his bus through Quincy, Plymouth and particularly Hyannis home of the Kennedy compound where according to them, the crowd consisted of over 1000 people in Ted’s own home town.

Ah but these were Brown partisans telling me this, could it be that they were padding the numbers for a person reporting who was not there? After all our Coakley supporting school teacher considered Brown a fraud who would support the rich bankers big bonus’. He wasn’t driving any truck, a “campaign run by driving” you can quote me, said her visitor.

So could I find that elusive voter in the crowd who voted for Kennedy in 2006 but was a Brown supporter in 2010? The guy holding a Democrats for Brown sign alas admitted he had never voted for Kennedy, I figured my quest was over …

…then I met Valerie LaCasse of Acushnet

She and her husband were were forever canceling out each others votes but Ted Kennedy and his legacy was gone and now Martha Coakley stood asking for her support. Although she had supported her for Attorney General she had never warmed to her as a Senate candidate. She resented the time off Coakley took after the primary.

With the Kennedy name before her she had never dived deeply into the issues, voting for the man who did so much for her state, now with her disappointment growing with the president she voted for just 14 months ago she decided to look deeper into the issues and found for the first time she and her husband were on the same side.

Our teacher shared her disappointment with Coakley, saying she had preferred Mike Capuano but was ready to hold her nose and vote for her but it may just be that without the clout and name of Kennedy that willingness can’t be taken for granted in the electorate anymore.

Update: Looking at my writing I think I might have massacred Robert’s last name in this post. If I have let me apologize right now.

Update 2: Stacy has video up. That “Holy Crap” is a direct quote.

Update 3: Welcome Hot air readers, Check out my coverage of the Senate race that I’ve done in conjunction with Robert Stacy McCain at his blog and the American Spectator blog. And if you are Electioned out there are always the Amazon Reviews and some classic literary re-writes and Tucker and co, if you are reading this; my $800 a week offer still stands!

…with people spending money that is not theirs to help others:

The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti has prompted many staffers to make donations to aid quake victims. We encourage that. However, if you have an AT&T cellphone, you may have received a text offering you a chance to make a contribution to assist them by simply texting a number. Remember, however, that if you have a company-paid phone, that bill goes to the company and is paid by the company. it is not a personal contribution. So, Bill Schmidt reminds everyone that if you would like to make a contribution, please use a method other than this one.

Let’s play a game: How many times can you re-write the message above substituting the name of a different government program each time for “Haiti” and “company paid phone” and “paid by the company” with “paid by the American Taxpayer” without repeating yourself?

The only rule would be that it has to be a program that the New York Times supports. I don’t think I have the bandwidth.

…could have had first hand reports from a Massachusetts vote of the various Brown/Coakley events without the expense of sending Roger Leo here.

Mind you his report was pretty good, but hey Tucker still available. $800 a week that’s all I ask for 40 hours+ work.

…that you really don’t get to follow other events and posts well in the process. You are too busy getting to the events, finding out stuff, composing posts in your head, and trying to get your stuff up in a timely manner to think about what might be cool on the net. I haven’t even had a chance to look at Robert Stacy’s video he shot at the North End Brown Rally or his Worcester coverage.

Oddly enough the Washington times reporter in the background on Stacy’s first film filed her report on the Clinton Rally from my dining room table last night.

It’s an interesting but odd life that these reporter types lead.

Personally I think the action at events involves not so much the event as the people around it. Just watching people’s reactions and keeping your ears open in a crowded hall or a busy street.

For example at the Bill Clinton event in Worcester at the end while I waited for my son to attempt to get the president autograph (in vain) I stood quietly next to some much better dressed men from the Coakley Campaign who were apparently talking to Union guys from out of state. The gist was that the “Cavalry was coming” and they talked with the quiet confidence of gamblers who know which boxer is going to take a dive.

In my two days of travels and week of asking ordinary people about the race, that was the only thing I have seen and heard that suggests anything positive for Attorney General Martha Coakley chances.

After hearing that I couldn’t help but think about yet another passage from Tip O’Neill’s autobiography Man of the House:

…Several years later, Joe Conners, the election commissioner, confirmed my suspicions. He told me that they were sitting around at five in the morning, counting the ballots. “Curley was licked,” said Joe, “and we couldn’t let that happen. So we transposed the figures.”

“What the hell,” Curley had said. “They’re not going to protest it. It would mean a big fight, and that would hurt the party. They can’t afford to raise a stink.”

He was right. The next day, we were all set to go before the Ballot Law Commission and demand a recount. But before we could register a protest, Paul Deer, our candidate for governor, came to see me. “Listen,” he said “the party is already in bad shape. If we who people we’re a bunch of thieves, it will destroy us. In the name of party unity, please drop the fight.”

It was his answer to that request that began his path to the Speakership of the Massachusetts House and the long national career that followed.

Could something like that happen this time? Well it isn’t 1948 and the net changes a lot of things, quite a few eyes out there. I’m sure attorney general Martha Coakley would not be privy to any such thing…

…and anyway this is an election for a Federal Office so I’m sure that US attorney general Eric Holder would give the case the same diligence that he has given other election irregularity cases.

Update: These guys aren’t just whistling dixie:

1948 anyone? via instapundit.

This is not something I would normally cover but the rumored Lindsay Lohan sex tape is going to produce a lot of serious viral infections and not just on film.

Mark my words as soon as such a tape comes out the Limewires and bittorrents will be full of downloads and fake sites promising said tape delivering instead a plethora of virus, spyware, malware, various bots and Martha Coakley negative ads (they are running everywhere else after all).

So teenagers heed my warning, the 40 seconds of film you will “enjoy” may cost you many dollars and hours of virus removal.

And if you don’t, well you can always hire me to remove them.

…and tell me with a straight face that he doesn’t look like some kinda street person there.

Of course if he had posted this after we met at the Border Grille and Bar for dinner and drinks that night he would have known I wasn’t in the picture.

Everybody knows The Camp of the Saints has THE shot of me from the North end.

My Review of the Big Finish adventure Blue Forgotten Planet # 126 featuring Colin Baker as the 6th doctor and India Fisher in her final adventure as Charley Pollard is available at Amazon.com here.

This marks the end of the Incredible 10 year continuous run of Charley Pollard as the companion of the doctor in new adventures. This is the longest run of any character or Actor in any of the various series. From Storm Warning

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to The Girl who never was she was in every 8th doctor adventure. Once she was paired with Colin Baker in the Condemned, for two years with only a single exception (Assassin in the Twilight) she was the companion for every 6th doctor in the series until this one.

Ironically if you are a big finish regular you saw that Blue Forgotten Planet was actually scheduled for adventure # 114 or so. The title was up but no details were there. This was because Charley was meant to have 3 adventures with the 6th Doctor and that would be it, but the response was so great and popular that Blue Forgotten Planet disappeared from the schedule and Charley traveled on.

Charley is actually going to return in the first 8th doctor companion chronicles later this year Solitare so we haven’t seen the last of India or Charley, but it’s been a great run and some great fun.

to find out my hometown paper endorsed Scott Brown.

We are endorsing Scott Brown for the U.S. Senate because we believe he is capable of bringing a common-sense approach to Washington, D.C., focused on serving the people of the state who are struggling to get by, rather than the special interests in the Democratic machine of which Coakley is such a big part of.

I don’t remember the last time they backed a republican. Read the whole thing, it sounds like a point by point indictment of Coakley.

The funny thing is I picked up the paper at 7:30 for Stacy but we never got the chance to read it.

And as Mayor Wong was at the Coakley rally I see the endorsement didn’t effect her opinion.