At last, a debate that starts with questions about issues that people might care about. Anyone watching the debate want to start a discussion thread?
A Western New England University Polling Institute survey of likely voters shows Elizabeth Warren leading Scott Brown 50% to 45% among likely voters. The good news: "If she continues to keep this lead over Brown, despite her unfavorability numbers having gone up, she is on a path to victory," political strategist Anthony Cignoli told the Springfield Republican. "If three weeks from now she has the same results as over the three weeks since the last WNE poll, Brown will have little time to move that distance before the election."
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Boston Globe Metro columnist Brian McGrory positions himself as a voice for the blue-collar working class, repeatedly tweaking wealthy towns for what he sees as snobbish, elite behavior -- recently criticizing Concord, Mass. for banning bottled water in plastic containers, for example. He's not a liberal or even necessarily pro-Democrat, defending Mitt Romney before the GOP conference as "an uncommonly thoughtful human being, wise in the ways of the world, even if earnestly so. He is neither mean-spirited nor venal, never one to score cheap political points at someone else’s expense."
McGrory is the sweet-spot demographic Brown needs to capture in order to win re-election: Locally born and raised, independent, white, male.
So here's what McGrory says about Scott Brown beyond the camera, lights (Boston Globe online is a subscriber-only , although they do offer a free trial)
Update: PPP data show Warren up by 2, primarily due to a stronger showing among Democratic voters worried about Republicans taking control of the Senate. They also say this race has one of the most 'monumental' gender gaps of the year: Warren is up 56-36 with women but trails 39-55 among men.
Public Policy Polling tweets that they'll be releasing new data tonight showing Elizabeth Warren in the lead. Specifically:
"Elizabeth Warren leads in the MA-Sen poll we will release tonight. Last month we found her down by 5 pts. Our poll will make three from different companies in the last week showing MA-Sen moving in Warren's direction- pretty clear momentum." (emphasis mine)
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You may have read that Elizabeth Warren had a challenger for the Democratic nomination. Not anymore.
I don't mean to criticize all the progressive, forward-thinking men out there who have been so supportive of women's rights. However, it does seem sort of odd that we're talking about "women's rights" when women are a majority of the U.S. population. If women were represented in government in the same proportions as they are in the population, is it likely that we'd still be having these discussions about access to contraception? Or that we'd have candidates in a major political party who can't even come out and criticize the smearing of a young woman simply for testifying in Washington?
One of the problems here is that the majority of Americans are not adequately represented in government. But how bad is it? How exactly does the U.S. stack up in terms of women in government? The Guardian marks International Women's Day (tomorrow) by taking a look at percentages of women in national legislatures. It's somewhat disheartening.
We can't afford universal health care for our people. We can't afford to provide the basic level health care for our poor and our elderly that we've been doing until now. We can't afford to guarantee decent retirement benefits for our elderly. But it's imperative to continue cutting taxes for our wealthiest citizens. Because it would ruin economic incentives if we returned to the top marginal tax rates in place during most of the Clinton administration -- even though during that time we turned a budget deficit into a surplus.
My heart sank when I got up this morning and saw that it was snowing steadily. Would voters turn out? Then I went to vote, and the scene exceeded my hopes. It looked like a busy presidential election day. Turnout was MASSIVE at my polling place, which is a good liberal Democratic stronghold. There was still a cop directing traffic in and out after 9 am.
A friend who voted when the polls opened said he had the hardest time parking at his polling place as he's ever had. I know it's not over until the votes are counted. But if this election is truly about turnout, and those 2 precincts are any indication of what's going on statewide, there are going to be a lot of happy Democrats tonight.
You're all heroes. All of you, everywhere. Every one of you who phonebanked and contacted people you know in Mass and did all the hard work of getting turnout. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because here's the thing.
For years many of us have watched as the eyes of the political universe focused to the north. Some of us participated by trekking up to New Hampshire during primary time, or lobbying people we know up there.
Now the center of the U.S. political universe is in Massachusetts, and it kind of feels like we've stepped through the looking glass. Or moved to Nashua. It has taken this weekend for many voters here to fully grasp the fact that our vote matters not only locally, but nationally.
We get it now. We'll turn out.
More than a dozen years ago, I bought a car. Even way back then, when gas was less than a buck twenty-five a gallon, I cared about how much gasoline I was consuming.
So I bought a car that got quite a bit more than 18 mpg.
Now, I've finally saved up enough money to buy another car.
And I'm getting screwed.
'Don't overreach,' pundits and beaten Republicans warn the new administration before it even takes office.
Don't 'overreach'? Are you kidding?
This whole election was about 'overreaching'! It was about stretching ourselves, as individuals and a nation. It was about getting off our butts and taking part in fixing and improving America. It wasn't just about grand dreams for a better country & world; it was about all of us getting down to work to make it happen.
Because 'overreaching' is part of the American narrative.
Sorry if this has been diaried already, I did a search for Levittown without results. So how did Obama win the suburban vote -- especially in communities where the voter makeup wouldn't seem at first glance to favor his campaign? This New York Times story shows how voters like Joe Sinistski, wearing "jeans, a sweatshirt and a National Rifle Association baseball cap," ended up voting for Obama when both polls and pundits were sure they wouldn't.
Sinitsky honestly admitted that Obama's "race made my decision harder." (hear that, Geraldine Ferraro?) "And I don't like his name. I'll admit to that, too," he told the Times.
Yet he also said about electing the first African-American president: "Part of me feels like it would be really cool."
We didn't become a post-racial society this week. We became a society where a fair number of key voters were able to honestly both confront their racial attitudes and the country's needs, and they put country first.
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