You know it’s a waste of time to point out the difference between say the March for Life in DC or the Walk for Life in SF and the Iowa to something like either the March for life and the Run (Elizabeth) Warren Run Iowa group.

So since that comparison won’t move people who can’t see pro-lifers in front of their faces let me show you this photo of their group:

and mention some names:

Dave, Frank, Ken, Paul, Eric and Peter.

This is or rather was, the roster for the Tuesday night game group that has been playing board games together in the Fitchburg/Leominster area for over 30 years.

Some of the names have on occasion changed over the decades but the regular core group has been pretty steady since about 2001 and until recently never fell below six.

However in November I picked up some contract work that takes up my mornings that combines an early morning with the necessity of hitting the 6:30 evening mass if I want to go to church.

Thus I’ve missed game night for nearly four months although I do manage to join in an online Civ V game on weekends.

So let me congratulate the Run Warren Run Group, they might not be able to compete with the March or walk for life, tea party events, or even the lineup of writers at DaTechGuy Blog.

But they can take a bow, because they’ve managed to outnumber the Tuesday night game night group.

I’m sure Vox et/al will be impressed.

I wrote about Senator McCaskill working early to establish a meme that will help her in election 2018.  Looking at this story running at the Hillary friendly site Politico  it looks like the Clinton team is playing the same game on offense with Elizabeth Warren concerning her appearance at  the Democracy Alliance an exclusive club of progressive activists with deep pockets.

How deep?  Well here is how you become a member or “Democracy Alliance Partner“:

Democracy Alliance partners, as the group calls its members, pay annual dues of $30,000 and are required to contribute a total of at least $200,000 a year to recommended groups.

Interestingly Politico seemed interested in Elizabeth Warren’s appearance there but was discouraged by security

Democracy Alliance staff and private security retained by the club stood sentry outside the basement banquet room where Warren spoke, preventing reporters from getting too close. And she avoided the media gathered for the conference by utilizing a side door to enter and exit the room.

And ignored by the Senator

POLITICO caught up with her as she made her way to a car waiting outside. But she ignored a question about whether her appearance — a closed-door speech to major donors who write huge checks, sometimes anonymously, to influence the political process — conflicted with her public denunciations of the role of conservative big money in politics.

“Excuse me,” an aide said, blocking access to Warren as she slid into the front passenger seat.

And Mrs. Clinton?

Clinton was not invited to any part of the Mandarin meeting

If I’m Hillary Clinton I’m making sure there are plenty of such stories out there & getting the hashtag #big$warren trending ASAP

I know, you’re thinking Mrs. Clinton hitting Warren on money in politics would be like me complain about someone wearing a fedora but the goal here isn’t to condemn money in politics, which the Clinton’s love so much, it’s to show progressives who might think otherwise that for all her fan base and talk of the rich when it comes to money Elizabeth Warren is no different that Hillary Clinton, just without the gravitas.

That’s the game & expect Clinton media allies to be playing it early & often.

Don Fanucci: This is my neighborhood. You and your friends should show me some respect. You should let me wet my beak a little.

Godfather II 1974

I spotted this update at the Save Market Basket Fasebook page:

1. Senator Elizabeth Warren and Governor Deval Patrick have both declined to take a stand in our fight against corporate greed despite the fact that dozens of lawmakers and mayors in MA and NH have signed our boycott and our standing with us, the middle class and lower class that they claim to fight so hard for.

Say What?

These two politicians claim to be on the side of the worker and against corporate greed yet refuse to put their money where their mouth is, lets flood them with calls and emails.

How can this be? We have been hearing for years about how Deval Patrick is all about the little guy, in addition Elizabeth Warren’s entire meme is about populism the whole “you didn’t build that” business. What on earth could cause the Democrat Governor and a Potential Democrat Presidential nominee to hang back?

Doesn’t it seem odd that these liberal lions are silent? It seems even more odd that Blue Mass Group appears to be on the side of current management.

Question 1: Since the new Market Basket management has not announced or indicated plans to change the current method of operation isn’t it wiser and in the better interest of the employees and their families to wait until something more concrete other than a change of the guard?Question 2: How much money has Arthur T. DeMoulas spent on his effort to re-gain his job?

Question 3: How many p.r. people, media specialists, and political organizers are working on his behalf?

It’s THAT 3rd question that is the real clue to both Patrick’s & ‘Warren’s silence & Blue Mass Groups seeming indifference to these workers.

You see the Demoulas workers have done this in a generic way. Any person talking directly to the workers and the managers in the stores could tell you this. Any person who has covered these rallies would note that rather than being filled with paid protesters, or people who can’t read their own signs, being managed by handlers they are filled with actual Market Basket Employees doing all of his on a shoestring via social media and networking.

Twitter and Instagram have been flooded with messages and images, some in support of efforts and some simply documenting the effects of employee action. The #MarketBasket, #MarketBasketStrong, and #SaveMarketBasket hashtags (among others) have gained traction from both workers and customers alike.

That’s the problem, the workers have rejected the unions very publicly, they’re not paying community activists to organize, they dare to think they can do this themselves without the aid of the professional protest crowd that the left fund nationally & keep employed for shock troops when they need a rent a crowd.

In other words this is actual grass roots. no Unions, no activists, no Pols like Patrick & Warren are getting their beaks wet and for the left  that simply won’t do.

In fact it might be a danger, if other people see these workers get a successful result without unions, without paid activists without the Democrat machine it could bring down their whole facade.

To top it off these people are protesting for common sense, for smart business decisions, for not building up debt, in short for capitalism

and we can’t have that can we?

So expect Blue Mass Group to keep attacking Arthur T & expect Patrick & Warren will stay silent until whatever happens is a fait accompli .

Oh and as for PR Firms & dirty tricks:

6. The Board and the new co-CEOs have engaged a new PR firm Oneill & Assoc out of Boston. Apparently KEKST was finally fired for doing such a stellar job, more money wasted. Anyway this PR firm has decided that the best way to boost their image is to drag up information that is decades old and try to rehash it. They have also planted trolls on our site to make negative comments etc…so if you think there is a troll jump on them then PM us so we can take care of it. They have found a PR firm with as much character as the BOD has.

Hmmm I wonder if we’ll see paid counter protesters anytime soon?

Timothy Imholt PhD

I was driving to work Monday morning when I heard that Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democratic Senators from Massachusetts, has a new book coming out. As an author myself (although my books are fiction or at least non-political in nature), and as a former candidate for the U.S. Congress, I was interested. I like knowing what people have to say, and love to read, so I was intrigued.

Before we dive into this I want to add that I would write this same post irrespective of someone’s political party affiliation. Please don’t make the mistake that the rest of this post is political, this is about rules. Rules do matter and I hope that they are being obeyed. Our political leaders in this nation need to follow the rules just like everyone else. We have equal protections under the law, I’m certain I read that someplace.

Let me return to the point of this article. Elizabeth Warren has a new book coming out. The radio talk show informed me that if I went to her campaign website I could donate $50 to her re-election campaign for a chance to win an autographed copy of this book. Want to see the link?

Book Contest Website

That statement struck a chord with me for some reason that took a few minutes to resonate. When it finally hit me why I didn’t want to believe it. As a result I did what any reputable scientist (I am a scientist by training) would do. I did some research.

In the Federal Election Commission Guide for Candidates it outlines appropriate and inappropriate uses for campaign funds. It has a special section for books. It further calls out promotion of books. Now, it would seem that a contest to win an autographed book is a promotion (at least in my head), and a discussion on radio, television and wherever else this has taken place is certainly promotional.  I will be honest and say it was not Senator Warren having this discussion, that is important.

To cut to the bottom line, let me quote from the Federal Election Commissions own Candidate Guide (page 57):

Generally, the expense of marketing a book would exist irrespective of a candidate’s campaign, and thus a campaign cannot ordinarily use its funds to pay such an expense. In limited situations, however, the Commission has permitted the use of campaign funds to promote a candidate’s book, as follows:

  • A campaign could incur de minimis costs to post on its website material promoting the book’s release and linking to an online bookseller. AO 2006-07.
  • A campaign could incur costs for planning book-related events and handling press and public inquiries where the candidate donates royalties to charitable organizations and thus does not personally gain from the use of campaign assets to promote the book. AO 2006-18.

See also AO 2008-17, where the Commission ruled that payments to a co-author by the principal campaign committee would constitute personal use.

So, it begs the question of what charity is she donating the money to? Well the $50 contributions obviously go to her campaign. The royalties from the book, if I am correct, should go to charity.  Otherwise what is happening is people are donating to her campaign, a book is sold, then signed, then a royalty on that book(s) is paid to Senator Warren thus using campaign funds to enrich herself.  This is before anyone decides that they probably won’t win the autographed one and just buys it anyway (that is what I would do knowing I never win a contest but like donating to causes on occasion, although not this one).

I googled it, a lot…looking for where that donation was going. Senator Warren has made no public mention of it that I can find. I hope that we can find out, because as a former Harvard Law Professor, she would certainly not violate campaign finance rules. Perhaps if I am reading these rules incorrectly her campaign can answer some questions for us about how what they are doing is not in violation of these rules.

Or, perhaps, I am wrong and Senator Warren should tell us what charity it is that she found worth donating all the proceeds from her book to them. Perhaps I would like to send them a check, I’m sure it is a worthwhile cause if she is giving them her hard earned money.

Rules matter, even for Senators. If I have read the rules incorrectly, or you feel I am misinterpreting them please let me know. I really do what to ensure that those person(s) holding our highest elected offices are held to a high standard, and as a resident of Massachusetts she represents me.  I hope that she does so with integrity.

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I was researching my archives for a post I’m planning when I came across this rather prophetic one from Jan 13th 2012, one year ago today

Two years ago it appeared the tide of to progressivism had been stemmed, that the basic philosophy of government being there to take care of the people who served, was rejected.

Instead today we have four more years in the White House, a House retained despite overwhelming odds and here in Massachusetts the decisive senate seat held so long by the lion of liberalism Ted Kennedy back in the hands of the Democratic party where it belongs.

the best advice I can give the GOP is to read the entire thing and remember.

From the “I can’t make this —– up” category comes this tidbit from Elizabeth Warren, who raised more money than any Senator, challenger, House member, or challenger, ended her campaign in debt.

n an e-mail, the Harvard Law professor – considered one of the nation’s preeminent scholars of American debt – asked for donations to help her wash away the red ink.

Warren did not say how much debt she needs to pay down, but blamed the shortfall in part on the thousands of volunteers who flocked to her campaign, saying “that meant even more last-minute coffee and pizza.”

“One of the results of our embarrassment of riches was, well I’ll come out and say it – we ended up with a little bit of debt,” Warren wrote. “Everyone, we need a little more money to pay off our final bills. Can you help one more time?”

Emphasis my own.

Coffee and pizza, folks, coffee and pizza.  That was before the ObamaCare taxes forced Papa Johns to up their prices, that will force Domino’s to post menus with 34 million different pricing options on them.  Heaven only knows how much more money her campaign would need if she were buying snack food from companies forced to comply with the policies she supports.

Some people – like Mitt Romney – can run a campaign on time and under budget.  They are also able to run their personal and business lives that way, and, in Romney’s case, the state of Massachusetts.

Maybe we ought to have a rule: if you out-fundraise your opponent, and you still wind up in the red, you don’t get to go to Washington.  Do not pass Go, do not collect millions of dollars.

Update (DaTechGuy): They put a woman who with one of the richest campaigns in history still managed to run a deficit on the Banking committee? What were all the seats on Budget full, doubt it after all Senate Democrats don’t believe in Budgets do they?

Today we have a special Bonus commentary where I go through the choices on my ballot and tell you who I will be voting for and why.

As you might guess there are not a lot of surprises here but if you want to know the reasoning behind it here is your chance.

There are two polls I checked out before leaving the hotel today, both had bad news for the GOP but beyond that there is nothing else in common.

One is the WBUR poll on the Brown Warren Race. The WBUR poll shows a big swing toward Warren, now up by 5.

I’ve looked at the internals of the WBUR poll and as always they are spot on.

Although I want Scott Brown to win, this poll pleases me, Brown has made some big mistakes in the air war (more on that tomorrow) and hopefully this poll will cause him to pivot to a better strategy, the one that gave him the lead in the first place.

You can’t correct a problem unless you know it’s there, this poll informs the Brown campaign of a problem and thus is useful

I like that!

While I like the WBUR poll I absolutely LOVE the Time Magazine poll in Ohio showing Obama up 5.

You might ask: “DaTechGuy have you gone roadtrip crazy? Why would you love a poll showing Romney losing Ohio?”

Simple I looked at the internals of this poll. Unlike most polls the partisan splits are not as obvious, you have to do some math but it’s really quite simple.

They polled 783 people in the unweighed sample 290 Democrats, 220 Republicans and 224 independent. That comes out to a sample that is Dem 37.0% GOP 28.0 and 28.6 Ind That’s D+9

With 742 total respondents you have 273 Dems, 206 GOP and 215 independents that’s a split of 36.7% dems, 27.7% GOP and 28.9 Ind. Again a D+9 split

As Ohio is a +1 GOP state on registration this indicates the MSM has gone back to the “spin the polls” business to keep their people on the registration.

I’m delighted by this, it means the Obama campaign and the MSM has decided there is no way to reverse these numbers short of simple propaganda, this means they will not change their strategy and this race is finished.

Either that or the left is in denial, that’s exactly where I want them to be.

Closing note. In the studio on Morning Joe, Joe & Mika and the Panel are all hanging their hats on the Time Magazine poll, but Chuck Todd in Ohio hedged. Joe & Mika are opinion folk, they can afford to take a side, but Chuck Todd is the chief WH guy, he can’t look a fool

Mitt Romney is going to win this election and it’s not going to be close.

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Twenty days ago I took a look at a poll from WBUR on the Brown Warren race.It showed Warren up 5 pts but was the first poll I’d seen anywhere that matched registration exactly

A Boston Herald poll showing Brown up +6 came out at the same time. I did a post comparing internals of the polls and found the WBUR poll credible and the Herald poll not.

I’d like to Believe the Herald poll, I really would and I’m aware of a shift of people away from the Democrat party to the ranks of the Unenrolled but without solid data to back it up I have to believe the WBUR poll over the Herald one

When the next WBUR poll Oct 1st matched demographics again I complemented them on twitter.

it got some push back for a friend of mine.

My thought has always been I want accurate polls because otherwise you can’t fix what is wrong with your campaign.

Well the latest WBUR poll is out and for the third time in a row their demographics match registration EXACTLY, it’s quite an achievement these days

This time however the results are totally different:

It appears that Scott Brown last debate combined with different Tactics have shifted this race dramatically, much better than ignoring the results or dismissing them.

And to those who would pooh pooh my pushing of this poll, I didn’t hear you complaining when it showed Warren up.

Be afraid leftists, be very afraid.

As we get ready for tonight debate here is my examiner piece contrasting the two debates in Massachusetts I covered this week, Brown v Warren & Tsongas V Golnik:

On Sunday afternoon incumbent Niki Tsongas running to retain her seat in the newly redrawn 3rd Massachusetts district faced Jon Golnik in the first debate of their rematch of the 2010 race at the Concord Carlisle High School.

On Monday Evening incumbent Scott Brown running to retain his seat in the US senate faced Elizabeth Warren in their second debate at the Tsongas Center in Lowell.

Both debates where an hour long and both featured the respective nominees of the Republican and Democrat Parties but there the similarities ended.

We focus on the big races, Romney vs Obama, Brown vs Warren but there are hundreds of house races flying under the radar that the future of the next president’s terms will depend on.

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I shot a lot of photos and videos from Yesterday’s Brown Warren debate the full catalog is below but here are a few worth some comment:

First some stills (augmented by video when appropriate)

A Union Truck

There was a HUGE union presence here for Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren, it made a big difference in the cheer level in the auditorium.

When they say “Organized” labor they aren’t kidding and in a campaign that really helps.

View from the stage 6:57 PM

Just before the debate Still photos were allowed from around the stage, In addition to the shots of the candidates and the students on stage I shot this one of the attendees, contrast that to the same shot 3 hours earlier

Frankly if you wanted to get a real idea of the crowd size you should have seen the concession lines.

They were HUGE.

Enter Barney Frank:

Rep Barney Frank as you might expect, attended the debate, I briefly spoke to him on not having to campaign this year. You could see he was visibly more relaxed. Any person who has run a congressional campaign can relate and understand this, even “easy” races require more effort than you think

At the same time you have attendees like this father and son

Do not be surprised to see a kid like this going in the VIP entrance in 50 years as a sitting congressman


I was not the only representative of WCRN in the building Howie Carr’s show is simulcast on WCRN where our 50,000 watt signal augments his own at WRKO. He also gave out some interesting T-Shirts:

but most important of all he took time for a quick interview during a break in the show:


You didn’t think I was going to ignore the Fedora shots did you? At the stage

In the Press Room

And a better Fedora than mine.

The videos next after the jump

Continue reading “The full photos and Videos from the Brown Warren Debate”

****Update: I was a tad sick yesterday so I crashed last night. Any photos not in this post went up the next day here.

I’m at the Tsongas Center for the 2nd debate between Sen Scott Brown & Elizabeth Warren in the Race for the only seat the GOP currently holds in Massachusetts

I arrived at 3 p.m and was showed where to park by a nice lady by the name of Maureen who directed me to the press parking area.

As I parked I saw some guys unloading Scott Brown signs from their vehicle:

They were late compared to the Warren folks who were already lining the area, I spotted a union truck that signs were unloading from

When I got to the meridian I stared to record:

More to Come…..

UPDATE: Jumping to the live blog

****Almost 6-7 min on Fauxahauntus issue, this is NOT good for Liz Warren.

**** 7:12 Brown landing roundhouses early

**** 7:15 Gregory being Gregory but Brown seems to be throwing him easily. Warren really on Defensive here.

**** 7:16 Warren interrupting Brown and Gregory lets her. This is exactly what she doesn’t need particularly with only a 1 hour debate.

The first full 20 minutes all hitting Warren on one issue or the other and we haven’t even gotten to the law license issues.

It’s very true Scott Brown was supported by Mitt Romney early, David Gregory trying to link Romney with Brown, Brown outpolling Romney by 20 pts in Massachusetts.

7:23: The Bi-Parisian issue important in Massachusetts (d-24 state) , The Lugar thing doesn’t help, Gregory trying to stick Brown with McConnell.

7:26 I’m sorry nobody believes Brown will not be voting for McConnell

7:27: Not voting with Obama is a positive to me,

7:30 Union rent a crowd booing Brown for daring to prevent Warren from interrupting him

7:32: the more money you give to Washington the more they are going to spend.

7:33 Brown really outnumbered at that table but more than holding his own.

7:35 If this was a boxing match the ref would have already stopped it Brown is destroying her.

(more video from the folks outside)

7:40 We are back I’d love to hear what Warren’s cornerman was telling her

7:46: The Union heavy crowd doesn’t like Brown’s dream act answer but it plays VERY well in Massachusetts with Massachusetts voters

7:49 Afghanistan question, Warren wants troops home now. Brings up military in family, Warren’s best answer of the night

7:50 Brown supporting surge and timetable not supporting giving date, but both answers good one. Will rely on Generals and President.

7:52 Gimmie question on supreme court followed by a gimmie question on women in Massachusetts Gregory trying to bail out Warren and another loaded question on John Kerry, designed to hurt Brown with base.

7:54 Are you serious we are wasting the last question on Bobby Valentine? REALLY?

7:58 David Gregory carried Elizabeth Warren for the last 15 min of this debate, simply amazing.


My verdict: You would have to go to Reagan/Carter to find a more one sided debate, Brown simply destroyed her in the first half and if David Gregory did not carry her with softballs it’s would have been even worse. This is the kind of debate that changes elections.

In a sane and normal world this video would not make a single bit of difference in the Senate Election in Massachusetts:

However the odds of this not going viral is the same as Lindsay Lohan & Amanda Bynes deciding to become Amish so it is going to have to be dealt with. So here is my advice to the Brown campaign:

Best choice: Put out a statement saying something along the lines of this:

Although I agree with the sentiments concerning the NY Yankees this behavior is not acceptable, I condemn it and ask my supporters to conduct themselves with decorum. We are a campaign that believes in doing the right thing

At the same time I would ask the Elizabeth campaign to also do the right thing and release the info concerning her hiring. Professor Warren has claimed she did not use her “native American” to get these positions. The right thing would be to release this information and let the public see for themselves.

Acceptable choice:

I would like to come out and officially say I do not agree with or condone the actions of those chanting at this event. We expect all of our supporters to carry themselves properly and will not tolerate actions to the contrary.

Get a statement out before noon so it plays at once, this needs to be an old story by the time 5 p.m. comes around. After the statement is made, don’t go there again, if the media presses use the first statement to bring up Warren’s lack of transparency & contrast it to you “doing the right thing”

Above all let the Warren Campaign and the MSM overplay it.

Do not: Downplay or Ignore, Why, because the media will not ignore this and will run with it as long as you ignore it (and beyond).

There is a smart and foolish response for the Warren Campaign too, but as she’s not paying me and I’m on the other side so I’ll let her figure that our herself, my guess she will play it dead wrong.

I just received a new poll for Ma-3 (My congressional district) that says a lot about the races in Massachusetts.

This is a district that is newly formed so there are not concrete numbers available for the party splits (I am systematically calling each town in the district to get the numbers hope to have them by the end of the week). But while we don’t have the party splits we DO have the numbers from the Scott Brown election for the district in 2010:

Brown 57% 129521
Coakley 42% 95820
Kennedy<1% 2181

There are of course three races going on here the first is for president:

Barack Obama – 52%
Mitt Romney – 44%
Undecided – 4%

This at first glance looks like bad news for Mitt in Mass, To even have an outside chance of winning in Massachusetts he needs big numbers in areas outside of Boston, Worcester & Springfield.

Meanwhile in the Congressional race looks very similar

Niki Tsongas – 52%
Jon Golnik­ – 45%
Undecided – 3%

Tsongas is running even with Obama but Golnik is already closer than the last time he faced her. Can he he close a 7 pt gap. It should be doable, it will take hard work and turnout but it CAN be done.

Meanwhile here is are Scott Brown numbers these hold the key for all the races we have talked about.

Scott Brown – 54%
Elizabeth Warren – 42%
Undecided – 4%

At first glance this poll might be encouraging to Elizabeth Warren, she is still even with Martha Coakley and Brown would have to that 3 out of the remaining 4 pts of undecided to match the last go around. But there are several reasons to worry here if I’m Warren first comes this split in the polls

Female – 55%

Male – 45%

Yes you read that right, you have a +10 pt gap women vs Men and yet Scott Brown out polls that champion of women Liz Warren by 12 points (and remember this was taken BEFORE the law license revelations of today)

“But DaTechGuy”, you say, “didn’t you teach us not to jump until you see the splits what were the splits on this poll?”

I’m so glad you asked here are the splits in this poll:

Democrat – 31%
Republican – 17%
Independent / Other – 52%

That’s +14 for dems in a +24 state (-4 dem vs +6 GOP compared to statewide, undeclared is the same) This is a much more GOP section of the state but I’ll need till the end of the week to confirm by how much but lets note the following:

In a sample that is +14 dem & +10 women

Barack Obama only has an 8 point lead on Mitt Romney
Nikki Tsongas only has a 7 point lead on Jon Golnik

And Scott Brown leads Elizabeth Warren by 12 points! Twelve POINTS!

Brown needs a good gap here to win in Mass and for Mitt to have any chance at winning the state he has do to better but to pull these kind of numbers with a -14 disadvantage if extrapolated statewide & nationally says a lot about both Warren & Obama and none of it good.

While all of that is important lets look at this congressional race and the numbers involved.


Tsongas is +22 with a 57% Favorability Ratings. She has a famous name and is a sitting congresswoman but more importantly she is a pleasant person. Additionally only 8% of the electorate dosn’t have an opinion so that’s a real advantage.

Her Opponent Jon Golnik has a +16 Favorability Ratings, that’s nothing to sneeze at particularly in a -14 poll sample but the big difference here is 34% of those polled either haven’t heard of him or haven’t made up their minds.

This is his opening, 7 points is extremely doable and Golink has several things he can do

1. Obamacare: Remember Obamacare was the reason Scott Brown did so well last time, Nikki Tsongas has (to her credit) not run away from her vote for the Unpopular law. Golnik needs to tie her Obamacare so tightly to Nikki Tsongas that if she fell into the water she could use her vote as a flotation device.

2. Brown/Golnik Warren/Tsongas: Scott Brown was an early endorser of Jon Golnik, he needs to play up, it must be Golnik & Brown vs Tsongas & Warren. If Scott Brown so much as goes stop to go get Gas anywhere in the District Golnik needs to sanding next to him. Any Brown event in Ma-3 HAS to be a Golnik event meanwhile all over Fitchburg I see Nikki Tsongas & Elizabeth Warren signs together, great, link them by the hip.

3. Positive Positive Positive: Hitting a 66 year old widow of a beloved figure in the state isn’t going to do the trick, the instinct to go negative needs to be resisted (and no tying her to Obamacare is not negative advertising, that’s the truth)

The case to make is this: Nikki Tsongas is a nice person and an honest person, she just wrong. That’s the ad: Nikki Tsongas & Elizabeth Warren, wrong on Obamacare, wrong on Taxes and wrong for the 3rd District. Jon Golnik like Scott brown believes lower taxes, ending the Mandate of Obamacare and will fight to bring jobs back to new 3rd district.

This race is completely winnable by Jon Golnik with some hard work and some smart moves but if you are the left consider this:  In Massachusetts with a +14 D sample and a +10 Women sample  has an opponent in striking range.

If this is the situation in Massachusetts what must it be nationwide in states where Obama is not as popular?

And it shouts to the right loud and clear:

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

If I was the left, I’d be afraid, VERY afraid.

Here is what people discovered:

  • Scott Brown stands by his good record.
  • Scott Brown’s stands by his awful record
  • Everybody loves the troops
  • Everybody loves women.
  • Scott Brown wants to protect Millionaires & Billionaires
  • Elizabeth Warren wants to turn your wallet into her personal piggy bank.

What you really learned, this style debate is fun and it’s not about the moderator which is good, but it got old really fast.

Good thing for Brown: The “I stand by my record” is appealing.  It’s always good when a person doesn’t duck

Bad thing for Brown: He is a likable person, you didn’t like ether of these folks much by the end.

Good thing for Warren: The stress of her family in the military. It de-elites her which is her biggest weakness

Bad Thing for Warren: If there was ever a week to NOT stress how much you want Barack Obama as the Commander-in-Chief, this was it.

My take:  Tacitly:  This debate was pretty much a wash, I think that helps Warren because of her slight lead. When a great part of your appeal is likability a debate that makes you want to throw rocks at the screen is bad, that could hurt, Scott Brown.


Strategically:  Brown established a big meme last night.  “Elizabeth Warren wants to turn your wallet into her piggy bank” was a memorable line.  If he has planted that meme in the heads of people it can be the basis of attacks for the rest of the campaign.  Additionally Warren took a big risk stressing not just she support for Barack Obama (which helps in MA)  but her support for him as Commander in Chief.

As the details of a successful Terrorist attack on  9/11  continue to come out the “I want to keep Barack Obama” as commander in Chief.” just might come back to haunt her.

Warren people might be happy tonight but if the Brown Campaign is smart (and I think they are) they will hang the repetitive narratives of this debate around Elizabeth Warren’s neck and make her slowly choke her on it.

This could be VERY Interesting

Update: I should have mentioned we also found out that Scott Brown in not an incumbent, because the debate moderator refused to call him “Senator” he was Mr. Brown. In my life I have never seen that. Was there a single debate where Ted Kennedy was not referred to as “Senator”?

Yesterday I put up a post saying I believed the WBUR poll showing Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren leading over the Herald poll showing Senator Scott Brown ahead, I mentioned in passing anecdotal evidence that supported my data based conclusions but didn’t detail it. If you were wondering what I saw that favors Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren, wonder no more!

1. Visibility:

Two months ago you couldn’t find a house with a sign for Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren sign in my driving area with a magnifying glass, today they are everywhere I go and not just on open land but at private houses. Signage doesn’t win elections as Joe Solomito discovered last year but a total lack of signage doesn’t help.

2. The Silent Woman:

Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren has shifted her TV ads. Instead of her talking you have other people talking for her. That helps, When she talks you instantly think “Elitist” (unlike say Stacy McCain) Having regular people talk for her instead hides who she is and that’s smart.

3. The Brown Pivot:

Senator Scott Brown’s TV ad have shifted a bit, he was doing great with the TV ads in the truck and with Democrats talking about why they support Brown but three ads in particular don’t help;

a. The “Good Job” ad:

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This is one of the “Truck” ads, for most of the at it works, talking about how he opposed members of congress using inside info for stock deals but the bit with Obama telling him “Good Job” doesn’t play as well as he might think. It is no coincidence that Obama visited the weekend before his election victory in 2010

b. The “I’m pro-choice” ad:

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There are a lot A LOT of people who are in the GOP strictly over Abortion. While they understand that Brown is not with them (and Warren is worse) they don’t need to be reminded on the air.   Even worse the tone of the ads suggest that if you don’t support Abortion you are not for women.  That is an insult to the ladies who fight tirelessly against the murder of unborn life.  Take that first 5 seconds off that ad and it would work. For myself this ads and his appeal to the GOP to drop the abortion plank is why although I’ve voting Brown and will urge others to do so, I can’t put his sign in my yard.

c. The “Elizabeth Warren” is lying ad:

As a rule you don’t put up an ad like this unless you are worried and you certainly don’t appear in that ad yourself. You have a woman voice over the ad or have either your wife or one of your daughters do the TV ad but NOT YOU. A man who complains that a woman is picking on him becomes the butt of jokes for guys and turns off women no matter what any metrosexuals tell you otherwise.

Now the debates will help because it is impossible for Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren to not speak for herself there but if you are playing duck dodge and hide it won’t wash. Never forget this rule: Never try to out liberal a liberal it won’t win you a single vote among actual liberals and it just turns off conservatives & independents.

You are an appealing candidate and a pretty good senator, people like you, I like you. Just be yourself and say what you’ve done and what you believe.   Be proactive not reactive and you will win, be reactive and you give your opponent an opening she doesn’t deserve.

As everyone knows I’ve been hitting the polls lately for their simply outrageous attempts to create a false narrative by playing games with Demographic results.

In the last 48 hours two polls have come out concerning the Scott Brown Race in Massachusetts with diametrically different results, one by the liberal leaning WBUR a public radio Station out of Boston and once by the Boston Herald the right leaning Newspaper of the city.

WBUR puts Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren up by 5, The Herald puts Senator Scott Brown up by 6. That is fully a 11 point different in two polls released a day apart. Obviously they BOTH can’t be reflective of the State as a whole so lets look at them one at a time:

WBUR: This is a real difference from the last poll I looked at that showed a dead heat so when this poll came out I was ready for the worst and went straight for the party splits.

The Good news is finally FINALLY I’m seeing a poll where the splits match the demographics of the state.  The unweighed poll numbers were as follows:

Total 507 voters

Democrats polled 185 37%
GOP  60 12%
Unenrolled or other 262 51%

That’s a D+25 split which if this was a national poll would be a complete joke (and not quite unexpected considering the Whoppers we’ve seen lately) but in Massachusetts a state with under 5 GOP members in it’s senate and where getting to 25% representation in the House was an ACHIEVEMENT that’s not a joke, that’s the reality It matches up with the population based on the official state numbers from earlier this year.

WBUR’s poll gets Warren up 5 by the following results:

Sen Scott Brown:

With Unenrolleds (Independents):   51% electorate Brown up 49-35 (ind) Brown gets 24.99 vote

With the GOP:   12% electorate Brown up 85-9 (r)  10.2 vote

With Democrats:  37% electorate Warren up 71-15 (D) 5.55 vote

That adds up to 40.5 % of the vote for Scott Brown

On the other end Former Obama Administration Official Warren breakdown adds up to 17.85 (Ind) + 1.08 (GOP) + 26.27 (DEM)

That adds up to 45.2%

These numbers match the polling and demographics so I find this poll:   Credible


Boston Herald:

Now lets look at the Herald poll that has Brown up by 6 numbers

This poll shows Sen Brown up Buy 6 points among registered voters & 4 points among likely voters. It’s the first poll I’ve ever seen showing a Republican doing WORSE among likely voters than registered ones.

Sen Scott Brown takes:   93% of GOP & Leaners 58% of Independents & 20% of Democrats.
Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren takes:   7% of Republicans & Leaners, 35% of Independents & 73% of Democrats

The results are dramatically different vs the WBUR poll Brown’s share of the GOP vote is 8pts higher Warren’s 2 pts lower, With independents Brown is +9 in the Herald with Warren flat & with Dems Brown’s Share jumps +5 pts while Warren’s is +2

That accounts for part of the difference but lets look at the all important demographic split

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This represents a split of +17 Dems without leaners and +20 with people who lean one way or the other. This however doesn’t match the latest demographics of the state. While the GOP figure is about right the Democrat figure is of 28% among likely voters is a full 9 points lower than it should be.

The Herald poll indicates Sen Brown winning one in five democrats so that under-sampling has a lesser effect but even so under-sampling by 9 points?   It just won’t do. If you adjust based on that under-sampling that Turns the Sen Brown 4-6 pt lead into a Warren 1-3 pt lead.

Thus I must dub the Herald poll:  Not Credible

I’d like to Believe the Herald poll, I really would and I’m aware of a shift of people away from the Democrat party to the ranks of the Unenrolled but without solid data to back it up I have to believe the WBUR poll over the Herald one. Moreover several anecdotal bits of evidence have cropped up lately that suggest Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren has improved her standing which makes the WBUR poll more believable to me (more on that tomorrow).

But “DaTechGuy” you Might say, “You’re a Republican, you want Brown to win.  It’s your duty to back up the poll to help swing the momentum.”

That may be the MSM way but I say balderdash! The way to win a campaign is to look at it honestly and base your actions accordingly.  If I am winning I want to know it so I can keep exploiting my success, if I’m not I want to know it so I can correct any problems or mistakes.

Self delusion is no way to win an election, a lesson the MSM will learn nationally in November.

Update:  Sharp eyed readers will notice the original name for this post was “WBUR shows how it’s done”.  I started writing it yesterday but crashed on the couch exhausted before I finished it.  When I woke up at 2:30 AM the Herald poll was out and decided to shift the focus to a comparison and simply forgot to rename the internal title.

Update 2:  Today new fox poll that is supposedly “devastating” to the Romney Campaign Parisian splits Ohio D +6  Virginia D +5 Florida D +5 Ho Hum, more of the same.

Update 3:  it is spelled Pew but perhaps it should be spelled PU.  Pew reports Obama +8 Sample D +9 the biggest joke of the poll is this:

That’s a 15 point Obama edge in an election that Obama won by 7.2 but it’s even worse because those numbers are based on 86.  if you do the full percentages based on 100% of voters it comes out Obama 54.6% (+1.7 over 2008) and McCain 37.2% (-8.6 under 2008) in this sample.

Now you might think Obama is ahead but does anyone ANYONE believe he will do 1.7 point better than 2008.  Does anyone ANYONE believe Romney will underperform McCain by 8.6?

Maybe that will fool Talking points Memo, Firedoglake and the like but it won’t fool anyone who can, you know do MATH.

This week a KPC poll came out from Massachusetts showing a dead heat between Scott Brown and Elizabeth Warren and a 16pt lead for Barack Obama.

There are several parts of this poll that are interesting and informative but the single most important figure you need to see is this:

Take a look at that split in Massachusetts Dems out number R’s by 23 points This should tell you how hard it is to elect a Republican nationally. If Independents split 50-50 you would have a 61.5% vs 39.5 win for the Democrats, a 22 point split, but instead it’s 56-40 for Obama.

What does that tell us nationally: Regardless of what the media is telling you Obama is in trouble

Massachusetts is one of the most liberal states in the nation (D+23). In this state a three-point Romney lead among independents is not going to make a huge difference, but in states that are say D+5 with independents that are less left leaning that could make a huge difference.

That is interesting but not as interesting as this:

Take a look at the reverse splits on Romney & Warren Voters vs Obama & Brown voters. If you are a Romney voter you are almost certainly voting for Brown only 3% going Warren & 2% undecided, yet if you are an Obama voter you are four times more likely to Voter for Brown than a Romney voter is to vote for Liz Warren (12%) with an almost equal number still up for grabs (11%).

Meanwhile the exact opposite is at the bottom, Liz Warren voters go for Obama in the same proportion as Romney voters for her, yet Brown voters are five times more likely (15%) to vote Obama with only a 4% up for grabs.

What does this tell us nationally? It tells us the MSM & National Base of the MSM has gone uber left.

There were several interesting local candidates who were willing to challenge Scott Brown, but the National Media and the National Democrats were totally enamored with Elizabeth Warren, pushing for her candidacy and filling her coffers until the local folks were squeezed out. The national media continues to push for Liz Warren bigtime yet look at these results.

How far left is a candidate who is too far left for Obama voters in Massachusetts?

That this is the candidate the national media simply adores and continues to push should inform you not just about Liz Warren, but should inform you about the national media that is still in denial over the results of the 2010 election.

And believe me, if you think they were in shock in 2010, 2012 will put them in a coma.
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As anyone knows I’m not a big fan of Elizabeth Warren politically (I’ve never met the lady, I’ve heard she’s rather nice rather nice person) and I certainly don’t support her for Senator. But while I’m amused by the grief she is getting over the lilly-white photo lets point out a few things:

  • It’s the middle of Summer younger people in college or high school have free time
  • The Unemployment rate is high, it’s even higher among the young and even higher among young people of color
  • I doubt the Elizabeth Warren Campaign (or any campaign) would turned away a young person of color who volunteered

Now I would submit and suggest that the whole dependency culture message of the Democrats should naturally turn off minorities, the whole condescending: “You can’t make it without me and the Government” business is a thumb in the eye while the GOP message of: “You can do it and we’ll get Government out of the way” is one of confidence.

However I am led to believe that there area fair number of of people of color who disagree with me here and overwhelming support the left, but his picture doesn’t suggest it.

The success of the Tea Party electorally is due to the willingness of people to get involved, and give work and time to causes they believe in, and despite the cries of “Astroturf” by Pelosi there isn’t a bunch of Koch money funding them.

You run with the volunteers you have. Elizabeth Warren has been running for quite a while. If you are a member of the GOP like me sure, I can look at that picture and laugh, maybe I’d joke: “What are you talking about? I’ll bet all of those folks are 1/32 Cherokee.”

But if I’m Elizabeth Warren I have two choices: I can pull an SEIU and pay people of color to show up as if they are volunteers AstroTurfing the pictures or I can take the shot with the people who actually show up.

So young leftist I’m sure Warren would have been happy to have your face in that shot, if you weren’t in the picture it’s your fault not hers.

Of course If I was you, I’d head on down to the Scott Brown HQ instead….


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Last week in Bow NH I asked John Jackson, a Scott Brown Supporter a question:

“Do you think as a person from Massachusetts that the national reaction to that speech might actually backfire in Massachusetts towards Elizabeth Warren as well to the favor of Scott Brown?”

John said it was very hard to tell.

This weekend noting the president’s dash away from the words he appropriated from Elizabeth Warren, the one member of congress running toward him I asked another question:

If Elizabeth Warren is too left for Barack Obama ya think she might be too left to beat Scott Brown?

Today Scott Brown released an ad that answered that question:

The ad is Brilliant! It quotes Kennedy, Clinton, LBJ, Ford and Reagan and their messages of praise for the American entrepreneur with the speeches of the president and of Elizabeth Warren with the words:

How did we go from this…to This?

Once a one minute version of this ad starts playing it’s going to be devastating. Why because as Ed Morrissey notes it contrasts yesterdays Democrats with the current lot:

It’s the use of traditional Democrats that’s most effective, though, and one suspects the claiming of the Kennedy mantle that will most sting Warren and the Democrats in Massachusetts. The ad reminds voters that this isn’t their fathers’ Democratic Party any longer — a point Joe Lieberman made last week — and that Warren and Obama represent extremes on the Left that remain very much disconnected with mainstream American attitudes about enterprise and the role of government.

That has been the biggest advantage for the left in Massachusetts, they have been living off the legacy of JFK and others when the only resemblance they have with them is the letter “D”.

This is going to be devastating to Warren in an election where she needs to find votes outside her normal comfort zone.

Be Afraid Democrats, be VERY afraid.

Update: Greg Sargant Media Matter’s favorite MSM echo is calling Brown a liar, that means he is right on target. If that wasn’t proof enough the Maddow Blog Kos and Charles Johnson have joined in (no links for them). This suggests this is a real game changer and they know it.

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Question: How far left is Elizabeth Warren?

Before a murderer in Colorado decided to change the subject, an incredible shift in the national conversation, one so significant that it threatened to undo millions of dollars of ad buys from the White House, was taking place concerning the president’s remarks in Virginia.

While not considered newsworthy by the MSM, those words, pounced upon by the Romney Campaign, threaten to put the president in an untenable political position. This forced the White House and it’s allies to attempt to spin them away.

Unfortunately for their efforts: Barack Obama was NOT the first national pol to make this point. Former Obama Administration Elizabeth Warren made it nearly a year ago.

While the national publicity for her race against Scott Brown, a race the Democrats consider their best hope for a Senate Pick up, has died down, her popularity in general remains high with liberals, and the Hollywood fundraising base, A base that gave her speech over 900,000 views.

Given the President’s campaign and money woes I submit and suggest, needing to excite a depressed base, his team made a deliberate decision to appropriate Warren’s words based on their popularity among the far left & media.

That’s the irony, the Obama campaign deliberately did this to themselves but that’s not the final irony…

…even as the White House and the president runs from his words Elizabeth Warren? She’s dashing toward them:

Elizabeth Warren yesterday came to the defense her former boss President Obama’s controversial statement that businesses’ owners can’t take credit for their success, repeating her own campaign line that, “nobody got rich on their own.”

Warren’s reiteration of her statement — which became an iconic and controversial cornerstone of her campaign — comes as conservatives have leapt on Obama for saying “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

And that’s what’s so funny:

As campaign after campaign runs from Barack Obama as Nancy Pelosi urges candidates to avoid the president re-nomination convention for their electoral survival how does the president react to Elizabeth Warren the one candidate willing to back him up?

He is running away from her, for the very same reason.

If that doesn’t scream…

“Ride right through them, they’re demoralized as hell”!

…I’d like to know what does?

Exit question: If Elizabeth Warren is too left for Barack Obama ya think she might be too left to beat Scott Brown?

Update: More on the president’s money woes here.

Update 2: The Washington Post spins

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Dash:   But Dad always said our powers were nothing to be ashamed of, our powers made us special.

Helen:   Everyone’s special, Dash.

Dash:   [muttering] Which is another way of saying no one is.

The Incredibles 2004

It’s a fair cop but society is to blame

Monty Python’s Flying Circus 1972

The talk of the net continues to be the Obama campaign’s adaptation of the famous Elizabeth Warren “Good for you” speech.

Here is the a bit of Obama version

While it’s fun to make sure the president gets credit for the drug kingpins as well as the factories, Michael Graham notes that I’m being slack in the sharing or credit:

My only objection is that the focus of their comments was too narrow. The president says, “if you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help.”

He’s right, of course. But why leave out our fellow unsuccessful Americans? Don’t they count, too?

and that’s when he hits a point of snark that means more than he knows:

“There was a great teacher somewhere in your life,” Barack Obama said about successful entrepreneurs. But the 30-something stoner working part-time at the car wash and living in dad’s basement had a teacher, too. Lots of them. Taxpayers spent around $100,000 on his public education. Where’s the love?

Where’s the speech giving teachers credit for the many barely-literate Americans who graduate high school with minimum-wage skills, or who choose to live on the dole rather than work at all?

I suspect Bill Gates didn’t go to high school alone, but none of his classmates created Microsoft. I’m sure John Schnatter’s didn’t have private tutors, why aren’t his classmates running the 3rd largest Pizza Chain in the country? Jonas Salk wasn’t the only doctor in the 20th century. Why wasn’t there a line at the patent door to register polio vaccines?

Where are Joe & Mika classmates TV shows? Why aren’t the other girls in Katy Perry’s home room touring? Didn’t the same high school coach at Fort Osage Senior High School coach hundreds of other players besides Albert Pujols where are their multi million dollar contracts?

Why isn’t the same society that the President thinks is responsible for all these people’s success coming through for the rest of us? If you aren’t making your own Microsoft, touring sold out stadiums in Europe or even making it as a blogger and radio talk show host is it really your fault?

Let’s go further; if the pan handler, the drug dealer and the second-story man had the same teachers, had the same fire and police protection and public utilities an infrastructure everyone else does is it YOUR fault the are where they are?

This is where the Obama’s & the Warren’s of the world reveal themselves for what they actually are. You don’t deserve credit for what you’ve done and you don’t deserve blame for what you haven’t. All the credit, all the blame and all the results belong to the collective and it up to the enlightened leaders at the top to make sure you all get what’s rightfully yours.

I’m sorry folks you can wrap it up, you can call it “fairness” or “progressive-ism” or any other adjective you want, but it’s what it always has been, the same old Marxism that they couldn’t sell in the 20th century re-packaged in the hopes of conning a whole new generation that doesn’t know their history.

Update: A thought, last night I saw the Big Bang Episode The Zarnecki Incursion. Is it just me or do Obama & Warren sound like Sheldon shouting “We did it” just after Penny kicks the bully in the nuts?

The Good news is Michael Graham has found a teenager who had the ambition to start his own business and made it a success:

Talk about a self-starter. Surrounded by kids who won’t even mow their own lawns, he started a multi-million dollar business and ran it himself. Even better, he saw an opening in the marketplace and grabbed it:

The bad news is it was a drug business:

Cops first became aware of a high-grade hydroponic strain of marijuana being sold for $350-$400 an ounce in the Mason school district near Cincinnati last year. An undercover agent began making buys at Mason High School, where the teenager was a student, and uncovered a dealing operation headed by the arrested student.

“The undercover officer uncovered six students or former students working for that individual and trafficking drugs in two school districts,” Fornshell told ABC News. “The group supplied an overwhelming amount of marijuana in the Mason and King school districts,” Fornshell said.

Not only did he make himself rich, he gave jobs to six other unemployed teens!.

Michael Graham may be impressed…

this guy just became one of the most employable people of his generation. I want to hire this guy. He’s smart, he’s ambitious, he’s self-motivated, he’s a leader.

…but I’m not, hasn’t he paid attention to President Obama and Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren?

So he started a drug empire, good for him, but what paid for the busses that took him and his employees to school, taxes! What paid for the school system where he distributed the drugs, Taxes! And what paid for the infrastructure that allowed his business to spread to two different school districts? Taxes.

Michael Graham may want to give this unnamed minor credit for his business, but lets face it he’s just a kid and President Obama was at Harvard Law and Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren is a law professor at Harvard. They must know more about how an economy works that we do.

If the Democrat President and The Democrat Candidate for Senator in Massachusetts want to claim credit for the taxes that made this drug empire possible, who is Michael Graham or I to say otherwise?

Some things are just so funny and so incredibly wrong that they need to be seen to be believed

If you are having trouble making out the Bumper Sticker on the right here is another version of it with the same words:

What would William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection have given to be in my passenger seat when this picture was taken? I would have preferred it as well since it would have been a lot safer than snapping the photo while driving on Route 2 to Boston while laughing hysterically.

…Morning Joe not withstanding let’s remember even before Obama decided to hit the Red Sox in Massachustts he wasn’t as popular around here as you think after all I seem to recall he showed up around the weekend before the special election that Brown won, how did that work out for you?

You know when I went to bed I thought the Swatting of Aaron Worthing was the stupidest move I’d ever seen, Obama hitting the Red Sox in Massachusetts THAT’s dumber!

I hope Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren brings Obama here every single day, you might recall the GOP in NH commented they wanted Obama to visit the state every day to remind voters what party the current governor belongs to. I want every single Congressman and State Rep with a D next to their name tied to Obama so tight you’d think they were a skydiving pair.

And you expect me to be afraid of these guys?

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More news from the Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren front:

The state’s Democratic Party chairman, John Walsh, now predicts attorney Marisa DeFranco, who is challenging Warren for the nomination, “will get the needed votes, setting up a primary contest that few Democrats expected and some hoped to avoid.” That’s significant, as it heightens an already significant split in the state Democrat Party that may already weaken Warren in any head-on challenge of incumbent Republican Senator Scott Walker. A growing number of Massachusetts Democrats are making it known they want Warren to prove herself capable of meeting a challenge, not just slamming doors in the faces of a swirling media.

That’s Dan Riehl, Michael Patrick Leahy notes Move On is even more worried:

The Washington Examiner reports today that even the left wing group is admitting they may have to pull the plug on the Elizabeth Warren campaign.

Though the article quotes officials as placing their possible abandonment of Warren in the context of an overall decline in contributions, the guarded phrasing sounds on ominous tone for the beleaguered Massachusetts Democrat and candidate for U.S. Senate, who this weekend faces a grass-roots challenge from feisty immigration attorney Marisa DeFranco.

This is not even JUNE and Move On is cutting and running?

This was the race that the MSM was focusing on, this was the race that the left considered it’s best shot in the Senate and this is what we are seeing

Meanwhile today on the WCRN morning show with Hank Stolz & Sherman Whitman the conversation turned to this Globe story:

Democratic Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren acknowledged for the first time late Wednesday night that she told Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania that she was Native American, but she continued to insist that race played no role in her recruitment.

“At some point after I was hired by them, I . . . provided that information to the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard,’’ she said in a statement issued by her campaign. “My Native American heritage is part of who I am, I’m proud of it and I have been open about it.’’

What Hank & Sherman pointed out was the movement of this story to the Globe meant that a segment of the population could no longer pretend it was not a story.

Now frankly I don’t fault Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren for believing what her mother told her, as I’ve said I’m told my wife’s family has Sioux Indian and I haven’t launched a forensic examination concerning it. What makes this story a story in my mind is two things:

1 Warren’s dodging of the issue

2. And the apparent misuse use of a program (affirmative action) meant to aid people who are disadvantaged

It’s very simple, if you believe

A) Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren is an ethnic minority


B) Affirmative action to give ethnic minorities an advantage in hiring etc is right.

Then you should have no problem with anything she did other than perhaps dodging the question and perhaps unchecking the box post 1995.

If you disbelieve either of these things however then there is a problem and I suspect a majority of the people in Massachusetts will doubt one or the other.

No matter what you think Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren’s ancestry is there is going to be only one winner in this Indian War and it won’t be the Democrats.

Update: How bad can it get for Liz Warren? This bad:

A group of protesters led by Cherokee Indians upset about Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren’s heritage claims are planning to protest outside the state Democratic Convention in Springfield on Saturday.

If it’s not time for the Warren campaign to begin panicking, it’s pretty damn close

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William Jacobson is a very fair-minded man. When writing about Marisa DeFranco getting her 15k signatures to challenge Elizabeth Warren. He said this about the next hurdle she would need to overcome:

As indicated in the video below, DeFranco would have to get 15% of the vote at the nominating convention on June 2 in order to make it to the ballot in September.

Three weeks ago, that prospect would have seemed dim.

He was challenged by Kevin Franck, Communications Director of the Massachusetts Democratic Party who asked:

Why would you think that here prospects of passing the 15% threshold were dim?

Bill, being a polite man called it a fair point, I don’t.

Let’s start with the fundraising numbers:

DeFranco collected $9,074 in campaign contributions during the first quarter of 2012, ending the period with $8,080 cash-on-hand, according to the Federal Election Commission.

Marsia Defranco raised $9,074 dollars in three months. to put that in perspective I need about $9500 to pay for a furnace and Asbestos removal before winter comes that I don’t have. Feel free to kick in:

I’ll wager if I shook the DaTipJar every single day for a quarter I’d be able to raise it from my readers.

Marsia DeFranco has been a candidate for the US Senate since last year and has been campaigning since then. Her fundraising has been so successful that her campaign couldn’t loan me the money to replace my furnace even if it wanted to.

But money isn’t everything what about press. Lets look at how much coverage she has generated:

I did an exact search for the Name “Marisa DeFranco” in Google news over the last year (5/16/11 – 5/16/12) sorted by date, I got 208 results shown via 6 pages

Of those six pages 8 of those stories had the words “Marisa” or “DeFranco” in the title and only one of those 8 was dated before the Warren Indian uprising (Feb 11th at a site called Masslive .com which of course is the first source anyone goes in the state for political news.)

Ironically there were 13 stories from that group with the words “Elizabeth Warren” or Warren” in the title.

So in other words since May of 2011 if you were a person interested in the Mass senate race and searched for “Marsia DeFranco” on google you were 62% more likely to find a story headlined by Elizabeth Warren than Defranco and none by a source other than Masslive until May 2nd of this year.

To put this is perspective the same search for the phrase “Elizabeth Warren” during the same period gave over 32,000 results.

So Marisa DeFranco is a candidate with no name recognition, no news coverage and almost no money who is only getting attention today because of the suddenly imploding Elizabeth Warren campaign. The one thing she has had going for her before then was tenacity.

The question Mr. Franck isn’t why Mr. Jacobson would presume Marisa DeFranco prospects were dim to get the required 15% of the delegates at the Democratic Convention to make the ballot, the question is why would YOU think they were not?

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And Remember Next week we will be live from the Mall at Whitney Field mall deep within Occupied Yankee Territory giving hope to Red Sox Fans

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Today on DaTechguy on DaRadio we will be talking Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren in hour 1. and Inviting you to answer the question:

“Do you consider Elizabeth Warren an ethnic Minority deserving affirmative action protection?”

And to our friend on the left who are so scared of the question we will inquire as to why they are.

After 10;30 we will be talking with Matthew Boyle of the Daily Caller on this subject.

In the Second Hour will will bring in Sarah Rumph to talk about the Sean Bielat Campaign in Ma 4 and some new polling that suggest that Joe Kennedy will have a rough time of it.

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I was taking a quick peek at Glenn Reynolds site when I saw a hilarious image from Iowntheworld:

I immediately tweeted it out which drew this response from RightWingWatchMA (The national Right Wing Watch is Norman Lear’s Group:

You’ll note I grabbed this from tweetdeck vs a basic tweet, it will become apparent later why.

One he mentioned me we started to exchange tweets until I asked the 64,000 question:

And that’s when the fun began, I asked it again

and again

and again

I pressed and pressed and finally he blocked me which is why you can’t see his replies in my timeline.

But by then it was time for supper so I tweeted out stuff about Romano’s Market and good meat since regardless of what side you are on everyone likes a good meal, so the final tweet of the exchange was…

Despite the happy ending I’m still blocked but this shows you how afraid our friends on the left are of this question…

….and they ought to be.

FYI: You will note that I didn’t say “Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren” in the tweet, this was due to the 140 character limit. And Kudos for Who Harmony for actually answering the question.

Update: the person from Right Wing Watch MA comments below saying he has no affiliation with the national group, I thought that statement should be in the main part of the post.

As for the rest I challenge people to read the tweets and the post and make up their own mind. If Right Wing Watch MA wants to call me racist for pointing out the double standards and the lefts fear over affirmative action, I don’t care as all the left seems to be able to do is cry “racist” or “sexist” when losing an argument.

I trust my the judgement of my readers, that’s why his comment is up and unedited.

It looks like the Senate Campaign in Massachusetts has a parallel with one of my favorite computer games is Sid Meier’s Colonization.

In Colonization there is a unit called the “converted native” This unit is generated by putting a Missionary into an Indian village and over time said missionary produces a converted native. (You can also get two converted natives if you get the founding father Juan de Sepulveda). A converted native provides one more resource than a free colonist when producing crops, wood or minerals but one less any product from a building (From a Weaver’s shop to a Church) and both produce less than a specialist.

The converted native can be transformed into a “specialist” either through education (placement in a schoolhouse) or by visiting an Indian village and learning a specific skill that said village specializes from a seasoned scout to an expert fir trapper et/al. As described by a site that I think takes things much too seriously:

Essentially, assimilation occurs through Western education, which removes all visual identifiers that this unit used to be Native

Apparently this process takes still takes place as evidenced by Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren (via Hotair)

as the Herald notes, she was listed as a minority professor in the Association of American Law Schools’ annual directory from 1986 to 1995. She joined Harvard Law as a visiting professor in 1992 and became a full-time prof there in 1995,

And the Volokh Conspiracy notes something even more interesting

But it gets even more interesting: once Warren joined the Harvard faculty, she dropped off the list of minority law faculty. Now that’s passing strange. When the AALS directory form came around before Warren arrived at Harvard, she was proud enough of her Native American ancestry to ask that she be listed among the minority law professors. (Or, in the unlikely even that she just allowed law school administrators to fill out the forms for her without reviewing them, they were aware that she claimed such ancestry, and she didn’t object when she was listed.) Once she arrived at Harvard, however, she no longer chose to be listed as a minority law professor.

So apparently arrival at Harvard has the same effect in real live as education has in Sid Meier’s Colonization

Left Prof Warren 1986-1995 Right Warren at Harvard post 1995

As you might guess the Senator Scott Brown campaign jumped all over this:

“This story raises serious questions about Elizabeth Warren’s credibility. The record now shows Prof. Warren did claim to be a ‘minority,’ and that she attempted to mislead the public about these facts when she was first asked about the issue last week,” said Brown spokesman Jim Barnett. “Prof. Warren needs to come clean about her motivations for making these claims and explain the contradictions between her rhetoric and the record.”

Ever Since this story came out there has been a twitter hashtag #ElizabethWarrenIndianNames (my favorite is Jim Geraghty on twitter’s “Dances with occupiers”) but after seeing the reaction of the Warren Campaign I think a more appropriate name might be “Plays the Victim”.

Once again, the qualifications and ability of a woman are being called into question by Scott Brown who did the same thing with the Supreme Court nomination of Elena Kagan. It’s outrageous.”

So let’s get this straight, Elizabeth Warren claims minority status when it is of use and drops it when it is no longer convenient. Scott Brown’s campaign calls her on it and that makes him a sexist.

I suspect the people of Massachusetts won’t find that very senatorial but if I’m the Warren campaign I’d be more worried about the reaction of the average voter struggling to find work or get their children accepted at prestigious colleges to her affirmative action claim.

Update: For some reason my uploads of images are failing and the images I had in the post have vanished. Working on it.

You know how everybody keeps thinking the Rush Limbaugh, Sandra Fluke business is has totally turned Obama’s anti-religious mandate into a winning issue for Democrats:

I know the pundits think this is a terrific issue for Democrats. They hope we keep talking about forcing Catholics to pay for birth control and “day-after” pills ’til November.

But do you know who doesn’t?

Democrats who actually need Catholics to vote for them in November. People like Elizabeth Warren.

What? Do you mean to say in the bluest of blue states Elizabeth Warren, darling of the left is not finding this a winning issue? Could this actually be?

Democratic consultant Dan Payne agrees: “Recently, issues that have been raised — whether to provide contraception as part of the health care reform and whether women should serve in the front lines of combat — have been on Brown’s turf,” Payne told the Globe.

I guess this explains why we haven’t seen Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren the intellectual force behind the occupy movement on front of this issue.

The Lennox Hotel Boston Nov 6th 2012 10:15 p.m.

Thank you, Thank you all.

I want you all to know that I received a phone call from the president, to congratulate me on our hard-fought victory and expressing his delight that we would be able to spend the next four years working together to take this country in a direction we can be proud of.

They say that victory has a million fathers and defeat is an orphan. I am so grateful for all of your hard work, the long hours and the dedication to our cause that was so vital in our victory tonight but before I thank by name those who worked hardest I’d like to reflect for a moment on how we got here and remind you that a victory like the one we are celebrating tonight, is the child of not only our hard work but of taking advantage of changing times and the mistakes our opponents have made.

All of us remember that January day back in 2010 when Massachusetts defied the expectations of a nation and for the first time since the 70’s sent a member of the Grand old Party to the United States Senate. It was a seismic shift that sent shock waves nationwide. We saw the rise of the tea party. We saw the elections of 2010 giving the GOP the greatest electoral victory in a non-presidential year in generations, and we saw not only the retirement of longtime members of the congress like Ben Nelson and Barney Frank but we saw candidates for office from New York to West Virginia run away from President Obama in order to prevent electoral disaster.

And then, as it did a year prior, an election in January changed the equation.

In the state of New Hampshire just an hour’s trip away the voters of the Granite State after months of campaigning and considering choose to elevate Mitt Romney over his rivals giving him a solid victory in the Granite state in his quest for the GOP nomination.

The voters followed the party establishment, convinced that the best way to defeat Barack Obama was to select a candidate they thought would appeal to moderates and independents and to reject the conservatism that had been the staple of the tea party.

My friends it was that decision that changed the world. It was the decision that put Mitt Romney at the top of the Ballot for the GOP.

On reflection one might understand it, after all a successful businessman, a governor, a man with a clean family life that can appeal to moderates and who rejected the polarization of the tea party.

They thought they were playing it safe but it was a decision that progressives could not do without:

Without it progressives could not run against a candidate of Wall street on the top of the ticket GOP ticket.

Without it progressives could not, due to his professed faith, attack him on social conservatism, without energizing actual social conservatives who believed him “moderate”.

Without it we wouldn’t have the videos of candidate after candidate for the GOP twisting themselves in knots trying to explain to the media how they can run against “Obamacare” while supporting the author of “Romneycare” for president.

Without it tea party members all over the nation, the grass-roots activists who made 2010 what is was would have been energized and anxious to make calls, donate money and do the work of campaigning that every candidate needs to cross the finish line.

And without it, here in Massachusetts conservatives, already vacillating over Scott Brown’s record, might have been motivated just enough to hold their noses and turn out in an election and a state where Republicans need every possible vote.

Two years ago it appeared the tide of to progressivism had been stemmed, that the basic philosophy of government being there to take care of the people who served, was rejected.

Instead today we have four more years in the White House, a House retained despite overwhelming odds and here in Massachusetts the decisive senate seat held so long by the lion of liberalism Ted Kennedy back in the hands of the Democratic party where it belongs.

And while I am grateful beyond words for all you and I have done to get us here, I’d like to thank the voters of New Hampshire, may it never be forgotten that the first step on the journey that took me, Elizabeth Warren, to the Senate was taken by the voters in New Hampshire on a warm January day when we Democrats and liberals needed it most.

This morning I caught this ad from Crossroads GPS:

How about that, an ad linking Former Obama Administration official Elizabeth Warren to the Occupods, I wonder who saw that coming

October 15th 2011:

I have a funny feeling that an elephant or two, maybe one say running for re-election for the US senate in Massachusetts might be asking very loudly why Democratic Candidates are supporting a movement endorsed by two ideologies that together have a body count of innocents so large that radical Islamists are pacifists by comparison?

And that not even touching on the antisemitism, calls for violence, spitting on US service members in uniform, hosting protests for Al-Qaeda supporters etc etc etc.

I’m sure that democrats around the country who didn’t heed Sheldon’s warning will be seeing similar ads soon.

that tells you that no matter what Morning Joe and MSNBC says, this thing is toxic.

All it took was one ad.

and she went running

Elizabeth Warren responds to Occupy comments:

Gee I wonder if backing an accused Al Qaeda terrorist in Boston has something to do with it?

Strangely enough Morning Joe that is obsessed with Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren AND the Occupy Everywhere protest didn’t lead with this today. I wonder why?

If anyone things that Fox interview means she will not have to answer that question again and again next year, think again.

Today on Hank Stolz show on WCRN took note of Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren’s proud declaration to be the intellectual force behind occupy everywhere.

As trouble becomes so apparent that even the press can’t ignore it, these words are likely going to bite come next year.

Elizabeth Warren said the Occupy Wall Street protests that have spread across the country are built on her ideas.

“I created much of the intellectual foundation for what they do,” the Massachusetts Senate candidate told The Daily Beast. “I support what they do.”

Tina Kobie says this:

Republicans have already begun to point out that, by tying herself to the Occupy Wall Street protests, Warren risks backlash from ordinary voters who decry the impolite manners and more extreme tactics of the protesters. But, so far, voters haven’t yet begun to disapprove of the movement so wholeheartedly as one might think.

That’s because the media have done their best to ignore unfavorable coverage of the occupy movement but have no fear, between being a Former Obama Administration official, you know the guy no democrat running for election wants to hang with, and claiming intellectual ownership of stuff like this this this this this and this (and that’s not the half of it) we have an incredible collection of material for Warren to own.

I’m quaking in my boots.

And do not doubt that ALL of this and more of the stuff that MSNBC ignores will be appearing in a GOP or a PAC commercial near you in 2012.

Update: Oh if you are a democrat, please ignore this and feel free to jump on board this sinking ship.

Update 2: Weigel cries dogpile

Patrick isn’t “backhanding” her. He’s bailing her out by refusing to connect her directly to the movement with jokes, then basically agreeing with her critique of the economic scene.

Sorry Dave she endorsed them, she owns them, but it’s interesting how suddenly the left is cautious about the connection. Have the bells started to right upstairs?

My latest for talks about how times have changed in Massachusetts:

That lack of coverage may have been a blessing, particularly for Former Obama Administration Official Elizabeth Warren as there was a particular moment in the debate that the state GOP is already highlighting and Senator Scott Brown will surely promote during the general election campaign:

The question of “in state tuition for illegal aliens” came up and all six candidates expressed unqualified support for it.

…read the rest here.

the Massachusetts GOP has noticed and already jumped on this. From their press release.

She reiterated this viewpoint today on WTKK’s Jim & Margery radio show this morning. Warren also added that she opposes Secure Communities – a program described by President Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security as a “key tool in our immigration enforcement efforts.” This was among the many positions that put Warren and her competitors “universally to the left of President Obama,” in the words of the Boston Globe.

“Professor Warren’s far-left immigration views may win her praise in a Democratic primary and on the streets of Cambridge, but they are far out of the mainstream among independent Massachusetts voters who want their elected officials to be combating the problem of illegal immigration, not encouraging it,” said Jennifer Nassour, Chairman of the Massachusetts Republican Party.

Note to GOP: That should be “Former Obama administration official Elizabeth Warren” btw.

The video is here.

Take a look at the hits on this video:

I guarantee that 34 will not last

I wonder what that hit number will be in a few months? Actually I don’t wonder at all.