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Professors Cunningham and Ubertaccio chat about the contours of the Democratic nomination fight in this year’s special Massachusetts Senate election.
This week I had the pleasure to interview John Walsh, the chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, for UMass Boston’s public affairs radio program Commonwealth Journal on WUMB (interview will play Sunday at 7:00PM). As you might imagine Chairman Walsh was quite pleased with the November election results. He was especially enthusiastic with robust turnout in communities of color and praised rising elected officials like Boston city councilors Ayanna Pressley and Tito Jackson and state senator Sonia Chang-Diaz. We’ll surely hear more from them in the future but, I asked Chairman Walsh, what about the future John Walshs – the behind the scenes architects of political victory? Actually, he told me, many of them were recently identified in an important article in The Bay State Banner, Diversity more than a buzz word at Warren campaign.
It would appear that Scott Brown has already won the phantom special election of 2013. In today’s Globe, Robert Kuttner writes that should John Kerry go to Foggy Bottom, “Scott Brown would likely run, and win.”
Hmmm. Perhaps I’ve been at the Eggnog too much (and too early) but I have very serious doubts.
We’re fixated with debates that aren’t “game changers,” TV ads that are forgotten tomorrow, and “gaffes” that don’t move poll numbers. Political organization isn’t as sexy but it’s very important, and Democrat Elizabeth Warren seems to have an advantage over Republican Scott Brown.
Scott Brown’s re-election campaign has a much tougher fight this fall than the pollsters, pundits, and press corps seem to realize. The popular perception that this Massachusetts US Senate race is a “toss up,” is based on polling data that continues to show a dead heat, the afterglow of Brown’s upset victory in 2010, and an inflated appreciation for the electoral significance of Brown’s skills as a campaigner.
I was with some Democratic friends the other evening when the Ray Flynn television ad for Scott Brown came up as a topic of conversation. “He’s not a Democrat, he endorses Republicans” was the consensus reaction. But of course Flynn is a Democrat, a particular kind of Boston Democrat – an Irish Catholic Democrat.
For a fellow raised in Chicago Deval Patrick sure understands us here in Massachusetts: we’re Puritans, and he’s our John Winthrop.
My favorite quote from a Senate candidate of late goes to Marisa DeFranco, who told the Globe,in response to concerns raised by some Democrats about her candidacy, ““Do we just want to have an anointing? Don’t sell people on the fact there’s a democratic process and then whine that there is a primary.’’
How is it that Senator Scott Brown is so dangerous to the Democratic Party’s view of the world, and yet so darn dumb? (At least he is in the Democratic Party’s view of the world). And how is it that in a state where the dominant political regime was built by labor and Catholics, Senator Brown is picking the Democrats pockets with those folks? Hint: proven electoral ability, and to paraphrase the great political philosopher Yogi Berra, ‘you can hear a lot just by listening.’ Click to my column in CommonWealth Magazine for more on The dangerous (and dumb) Scott Brown.
One of the more dispiriting aspects of reading the recent literature on national politics is not only the radicalization of the Republican Party in service to the wealthiest Americans but the acquiescence of the Democrats, in desperate need of campaign cash and bowing to perceived (if not real) electoral need, to the same forces. Last week’s dispute between Governor Deval Patrick and Speaker Robert DeLeo may hint at such tensions within the traditional party of the working and middle classes in Massachusetts.