So conservative billionaires have poured cash into deposing Brown, over $10.5 million as of three weeks ago. And what has that bought them?
Look at those trends above. Brown started the year with a polling composite of 46.7 percent. He's now at 45.2 percent. Meanwhile, his Republican opponent, Josh Mandel, has yet to get out of the 40s. In fact, the only pollster to show Mandel above 40 percent has been Rasmussen. Take him out, Brown moves just a blip, while Mandel is even further behind at 38.2 percent.
If you've ever longed for some glimmer of hope that the era of corporate-funded Super PACs won't completely overwhelm our democracy, this is it. If they can't blow Brown out of the water with an 8-figure ad blitz, it means that their ability to influence elections—while it exists!—isn't the be-all, end-all of politics.
Such negative campaign also does little to build up the challenger, as Mandel's only significant bump all year was the consolidation of the conservative vote after the GOP primary in March.
Now check out the presidential trends: