Tag Archives: Massachusetts special senate election 2013
When your opponent’s only hope involves distracting voters from real issues, it’s best not to give him ammunition. That’s what has led Ed Markey to “disinvite” his old friend and House colleague, Ben Jones, from a fundraiser where Jones was the scheduled entertainer.
While others speculate about the impact of the recent spate of “scandals” bedeviling the Obama Administration on the 2014 midterm elections, we get to talk about some much more immediate potential electoral fallout. With a Special US Senate race just 43 days away in Massachusetts, how will these “scandals” impact the Markey-Gomez race? The imminence of Election Day in the Bay State also insulates us (a bit) from the righteous indignation of those who see political speculation as particularly offensive at this time when we should be focused on “substantive” issues of governance.
The logic of voting “the person, not the party” in federal elections has never been very strong, but in our present highly polarized national politics it is down right stupid. Paul Krugman’s recent praise of the South Carolina voters who just elected Mark Sanford to Congress makes this point quite concisely.
The latest poll in the Markey-Gomez US Senate race has surely dampened some the enthusiasm of Massachusetts Republicans, but one comment by the pollster, David Paleologos of Suffolk University, may have created some unnecessary confusion. He was quoted in the Boston Globe story about the poll as saying, “[t]he coattail effect will be beneficial to Markey, and that’s a problem for Gomez,”
Professor U comments on the clash over the People’s Pledge in the Massachusetts Senate race.
Gabriel Gomez is not the second coming of Scott Brown, he who seems to be spending a good deal of time lately in New Hampshire. And June 2013 will not be a replay of January 2010. With respect to Dame Shirley Bassey, it’s not all just a little bit of history repeating.
The reason I expected Sullivan to win the Republican primary is because I knew that the primaries (on both sides of the isle) would be decided by each party’s “base.” In low turn out primary elections, it is hard to imagine it going any other way. Gomez’s victory did not contradict this assumption; it contradicted my assumption about who the “base” of the Massachusetts Republican Party is.
The nomination of Gabriel Gomez was a victory for the Mass GOP establishment over its “Tea Party” wing. Why was the Bill Weld crowd able to out organize the “God squad” in this special election primary fight? In a low turnout election, especially a primary election, the most committed and active partisans should call the shot. All the recent research about the Tea Party faction of the Republican Party nationally tells us that they are the most committed and active members of the GOP, which is why I expected Mike Sullivan to prevail yesterday. So, why didn’t the candidate from the Republican wing of the Republican Party prevail last night?
The Gomez Campaign thinks that Massachusetts Democrats are afraid to face the former Navy Seal in the general election for the US Senate. In an email solicitation out today the Gomez campaign quotes three prominent journalists to support that claim.