Conservative editorial board fuels Mass GOP hopes

Wednesday’s Washington Times editorial suggests that Scott Brown could pull off “another Massachusetts miracle” in 2013. Interestingly, they frame this possibility as a challenge to “conventional wisdom,” which according to them holds that the “eventual Democratic nominee is a shoo-in to win a special election.” They seem to think that this “conventional wisdom” is based on the same assumptions that produced the very same “conventional wisdom” in 2010. Brown’s 2010 win, therefore, provides all the evidence necessary to sustain the paper’s “not so fast” retort.

This type of editorial/partisan cheer leading is actually just simple product marketing. If the race cannot be hyped, it cannot be profitably covered by the commercial media.

About Jerold Duquette

Jerold Duquette is an associate professor of political science at Central Connecticut State University. He is the author of Regulating the National Pastime: Baseball and Antitrust and has published articles and book chapters on campaign finance reform, political parties, Massachusetts politics and political culture, public opinion, and political socialization. Professor Duquette lives in Longmeadow, MA with his wife and four children.
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