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  •  The Problem with Gabriel Gomez (11+ / 0-)

    is that he can't run a whole campaign for higher office AND stay not just under the radar but be a blank slate and never really be seen and heard speaking freely by the voting public at the same time.

    The dream version of Gomez would only be seen as a smiling cardboard cut-out as voice-overs puke up endless talking points about how non-partisan and pro-whatever the current audience he is speaking to wants to hear. That was always his best chance to get elected.

    Nevada Republican Governor Brian Sandolval should start a consulting firm where he goes around the country teaching other empty suits like himself how to turn being invisible, when not carefully packaged on message and prepared for the "brutal" questions from friendlies-only gatherings, into an art form.

    We down here in Southern Nevada marvel at how Gov. Sandoval could both be our governor, and be a milk carton missing photo of a man, at the same time.    

    I am a Loco-Foco. I am from the Elizabeth Warren wing of the Democratic Party.

    by LeftHandedMan on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:26:49 AM PDT

    •  Gomez (11+ / 0-)

      has problems on the issues. He just gave a largely incoherent interview on abortion rights to the Boston Globe. Markey's already running ads showing Gomez on TV in April saying he opposes an assault weapons ban and a limit on high-capacity clips. Those positions might be OK somewhere else, but they're losers in Massachusetts. Then there's his "personal success story" on his website about making a
      company rich by advising them to ship union jobs in Canada to children in China.

      Then there's the Swift Boating of Obama, the sketchy historic preservation easement tax deduction, the recent revelation that he stiffed both an appraiser and a plumber who fixed his toilet and was sued for it. His refusal to release the 2005 tax return because he has "nothing to hide." Add in his tendency to spew word soup when asked a tough question and he's got some more problems.

      He was Mr. Moderate, Bi-Partisan Flavor of the Week after the primary. People like him less and less as they come to know more.

      Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

      by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 05:58:46 AM PDT

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      •  I think that explains the poll data (6+ / 0-)

        Where he's losing more Republicans than gaining Democrats, but still holding up decently with Unenrolled voters.  Unenrolled voters aren't as likely as partisans to be following the race closely, so they don't know they dislike him yet.

        •  My respect for (4+ / 0-)

          the unenrolled voters of Massachusetts (present company excepted, of course!) goes down by the day. Just unengaged and generally clueless, spewing vague generalities about "bi-partisanship" while being blissfully unaware of the context in DC.

          I am reminded of Bill Maher's takedown of the undecided in last year's presidential race.

          If you’re one of the 5 percent of American voters who are still undecided on who to vote for, it’s okay to admit you just don’t really give a shit. Seriously, if you still can’t figure out who you like more – Mitt Romney or Barack Obama – stay home…because you probably couldn’t find your polling place anyway. I mean, what more information does someone need to make this choice? Obama has been President for nearly four years. And Mitt Romney has been running for President since 1971, when his space egg incubated and he burst out of an astronaut’s chest.

          Can we please stop treating them like they’re more noble and discerning than the rest of us?...America's celebrated, undecided voter: put on a pedestal by the media as if they were Hamlet in a think-tank, searching out every last bit of information, high-minded arbiters pouring over policy positions and matching them against their own philosophies. Please. They mostly fall into a category political scientists call "low information voters," otherwise known as "dipsh*ts."

          I do have hope that enough of our independents will sour on Gomez when they decide to pay attention, but I'm sure plenty will vote for him because Markey's been in Congress a long time or some other meaningless reason.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:23:03 AM PDT

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          •  My favorite is the unenrolled voters who (5+ / 0-)

            refuse to take a ballot in the primary or require much badgering.  I work the polls every election, so I see this a fair amount.  The conversation usually goes something like this:

            Poll Worker: What ballot would you like? Democrat or Republican?

            Voter: I'm an independent!

            PW: Yes, I know.  But you have to choose which you'd like today.

            Voter:  I'm an independent!

            PW:  There's samples of the ballots on the wall if you want to look and see which ballot has the candidate you want to vote for. See over there...

            Voter: I don't want to look at the wall!  Give me a ballot! I'm an independent!

            PW: Yes, I know that.  But you have to choose for today.  See here the candidates on the Democratic ballot; here's the ones on the Republican ballot, which do you want?

            Voter: Okay... fine... Democrat.  But I'll stay independent, right?

            PW:  Yes. You'll stay unenrolled.

            Happens two or three times every primary.
            •  This is how (2+ / 0-)
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              we ended up with Top Two in WA state. Voters are SO fixated on the idea of being "independent" that even selecting a party in private by blackening a simple R or D each time, with no way to link you to your choice after the ballot is received, was considered "intrusive" by many.

            •  Make up a special ballot for those folks? (1+ / 0-)
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              Sure, it would be largely empty -- unless there are some people running as "Independent" for some offices -- but it would shut them up.

              In many places, you actually don't stay unenrolled (or "undeclared" or whatever it's called) -- if you take a party ballot in the primary, you're considered a member of that party until you disaffiliate. Last fall we did a good business in disaffiliation forms as people were leaving the polling area. Most people told me they prefer "undeclared" because it cuts down the number of GOTV and candidate robo-calls they get bothered with. It has nothing to do with how knowledgeable they are, or how they'll actually vote.

      •  Whoa whoa whoa! Offshoring? On his website? (9+ / 0-)

        Yikes. Um. Where does that play well, exactly, other than Mitt Romney's "base" of billionaires?

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:35:42 AM PDT

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        •  Doesn't mention "offshoring" (4+ / 0-)

          Of course. Just helping businesses escape "excessive regulation."

          Here's the plumber story. The plumber apparently donated to Steve Lynch so Gomez is calling him a Democratic plant. (Keep talking, fella...)

          Also some always-fun GOP fundraising hypocrisy.

          Republicans...think the American standard of living is a fine thing--so long as it doesn't spread to all the people. And they admire the Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it. Harry S. Truman

          by fenway49 on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:29:44 AM PDT

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          •  Well, the Markey campaign can mention it (1+ / 0-)
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            as offshoring, then.

            Hammer the guy on the economic stuff. That's how you get indies and Lynch people out to the polls, unless I'm misreading Mass. Which is possible, since I don't live there and did not grow up there.

            "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

            by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 17, 2013 at 07:52:19 AM PDT

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      •  Stiffed a plumber? If I know Mass at all, that (11+ / 0-)

        will play worse than Swift-boating Obama. Much as Mass likes Obama, stiffing a working-class guy is going to look worse than saying something mean and untrue about a DC politician. In my view.

        That's almost as bad as offending a local bartender.

        "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

        by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:38:10 AM PDT

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    •  Your first paragraph (4+ / 0-)

      Ron Johnson managed to do just that in the 2010 elections here in Wisconsin. It's just a matter of looking competent and amiable while controlling your own message. Maybe the Boston media won't permit that, but the craven and lazy Milwaukee media certainly gave Johnson a free pass. I'm guessing the Johnson model is what the Republicans will try to use in any nominally blue state.

      The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

      by Korkenzieher on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:25:58 AM PDT

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      •  Boston Globe isn't buying it (3+ / 0-)

        They had the "unpaid appraiser" story on the front page of the website yesterday.

        not sure about the Herald though.

        •  Maybe that's the difference (1+ / 0-)
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          Boston has two newspapers. So the Globe, say, can be liberal, and the Herald can be conservative. In Milwaukee, we only have one paper, so they're afraid to alienate half the customers by being either liberal or conservatives. They're a bunch of fence-sitters. It's one thing to be that on your editorial page, but the Milwaukee paper is like that in their news section as well. They report A as well as Not A, even when one side is demonstrably full of crap. Apparently you don't have that problem in Boston, and you're lucky.

          The Bush Family: 0 for 4 in Wisconsin

          by Korkenzieher on Fri May 17, 2013 at 11:45:03 AM PDT

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    •  Well, that strategy has worked in other (5+ / 0-)

      circumstances. :-)

      But Gomez, unfortunately for him, as a newcomer to politics, has to introduce himself somehow--and people are less susceptible to the charismatic nice guy who's a policy chameleon in 2013 than they have been in the past. Things have gotten so crappy people don't settle for the BS as readily. At least not that version of BS. The high-octane, I-know-exactly-what-to-do-if-it weren't-for-those-darned-kids/Democrats BS still gets some hurrahs.

      "When people spin this in partisan terms to obfuscate the truth, it does a real disservice to normal people not in the big club in DC. Many of them will be hurting...That is why I write."--priceman

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Fri May 17, 2013 at 06:34:17 AM PDT

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