The newest member of the Axis of Fedora’s take on the debate is here
There were about two hundred people at the event. The Moderator for the event was Stefani Traina of the League of Women Voters of Andover – North Andover. First of all, there was no American flag at this event. Second of all, when one of the candidates brought up the voting record of Congressman McGovern, the moderator stopped him, calling that a personal attack. When the audience responded loudly, a discussion of the candidate’s voting record was permitted.
This was not really a debate. The candidates were not allowed direct exchanges and there were many things said that I personally knew were not true, but there was no provision in the format the challenge the statements made.
Yesterday in a flashback to January Robert Stacy McCain was in the passenger seat as my grey Buick LaSable cruised down Rte 128 (I95 for you non Bay Staters) to check what is going on in the southeastern part of the state.
What we found were people who were volunteering for phone banks and a mood that reflected that old Scott Brown feeling.
The mood of the people we talked to wasn’t just enthusiasm for Bielat it was downright ugly for Barney as Stacy reported in his Spectator column.
“The way he talked to his constituents, it just turned my stomach,” Debbie said, talking about an August 2009 town-hall event in Dartmouth, Massachusetts, attended by some 500 citizens who overwhelmingly opposed the health-care bill that was then working its way through Congress. “I said to my husband, ‘I don’t care who’s running against him, I’ll work for them — and I’ll work my heart out.'”
Debbie didn’t want her photo taken but she was there to make calls and before we could leave a 2nd person joined her to man the phones.
From there we headed East toward Plymouth Perry’s HQ in the city of the Pilgrims was hopping as volunteers called voter after voter to highlight the campaign. You could see the oomph and the excitement in the volunteers but you could also see some frustration as desperate democratic “smear and fear” attacks came harder.
That didn’t slow them down and at all however and at the Sean Bielat HP in Newton the mood continued upbeat. The phones were constantly in motion and the volunteers excited at the prospect to defeating Barney Frank continued to double their efforts to keep Frank on the defensive.
This has paid huge dividends. Barney has already felt the need to bring in Bill Clinton, with President Obama also heading to the state the race is likely much worse than the official polls are showing..
This kind of feeling is what I’ve been seeing all over the state for months and the NRCC has finally taken notice starting to kick into the ma-4 race (Still hoping to see some national dough in ma-1 ma-2 and ma-3).
One of the wonderful side effects of the fights in Massachusetts is the tying down of Monies that Frank and other Massachusetts dems would normally be distributing to democrats all over the country, but with fights all over the state the congressional delegation is keeping the purse-strings close.
One thing is for sure the last time Stacy was here he saw Massachusetts shock the country. I suspect he will be reporting that the aftershocks of the Big Red wave of November 2nd will be even stronger.
And by then my heart will have reached its normal rate after Stacy Driving my car.
Update: Even as we did all this Stacy had the time to report on some Democratic Anti-Semitic action in Maine
Anyone who tells me that no election in Massachusetts is leaning GOP isn’t paying attention to stuff like this:
“You can call me an insider, but (Beacon Hill lawmakers) treat me like an outsider a lot of the time,” Patrick said during a wide-ranging interview with Herald editors and reporters yesterday. “We have differences. Some of them are sharp, most of them principled — but nonetheless we’ve been able to deliver the most productive legislative session in 30 years.”
Amid a throw-the-bums-out clamor and saddled with low job-approval ratings, Patrick worked to distance himself from State House leaders and even his own party — welcoming Scott Brown backers and invoking his battle with Democratic House Speaker Robert DeLeo over racinos as proof that he’s taken on the Democratic establishment.
When the democratic governor of the bluest state you can find is making the case that is an outsider and fighting the democratic establishment then Mr. Cook, start moving your races!
Via Glenn who I hope wasn’t drinking when he read it.