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I remember the first time I saw you on the Daily Show the night that Jon Stewart wanted to know why the government didn't just give the TARP money to homeowners who would then pay off their mortgages to the banks who would then get the TARP money.

Your lack of pretense and honest discussion of facts in a language that I and millions of others could understand was down right shocking. Economists and government bureaucrats were not known as individuals with the ability to communicate.

I want to see you beat Scott Brown in November and I have donated as much as I can. I don't understand why you are not beating him flat out in the polls, and I have a suggestion, for you and any other Democrat running where the President enjoys as much  popularity as he does in Massachusetts.

The New York Times ran an article today about the Brown campaign's use of Barack Obama in an ad:

The advertisement, which was scheduled to start running on Saturday, shows Mr. Obama praising Mr. Brown for sponsoring a bill to end insider trading in Congress. As Mr. Obama signs the measure into law, he thanks Mr. Brown, saying, “Good job.”
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That approach would be unusual enough for a Democrat in a year in which many feel the need to distance themselves from the administration, but it is virtually unfathomable for a Republican. That both candidates are trying to leverage their ties to Mr. Obama underscores how popular the president is here and how unpopular his rival, Mitt Romney, is, even though he once served as the state’s governor. Mr. Obama is expected to carry Massachusetts overwhelmingly in November.

Mr. Brown’s new ad is a clear overture to independent voters, who make up more than 52 percent of the state’s electorate. It seeks to reassure them that splitting their ticket — voting for a Democrat for president and a Republican for the Senate — can still mean that things will get done in Washington.

Hello? Splitting the ticket would not allow things to get done in Washington.

If the citizens of Massachusetts, or any other state, support President Obama, then they should support turning the Senate BLUE. Run on the use of the filibuster. Run on the need for enough Democratic Senators to prevent the obstruction of the GOP and its teabaggers.

Isn't it time that Democrats run as a party and not as individuals in an area where its leader is so popular? President Obama will need more than the White House to achieve his goals. He will need a Democratic Senate. And he will need a Democratic House.

Can we please remind voters of that?

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  •  Mass has a lot of trans residents. (2+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29, atana

    Warren probably caused many of them to question voting this year with her words about surgery for transgender prisoners not being a valid use of taxpayer funds.

  •  The last poll I saw had Warren behind by 5 points (3+ / 0-)

    Any movement on that yet?

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room." - President Merkin Muffley

    by Farkletoo on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:00:18 PM PDT

    •  That is the last figure I have seen as well. I (2+ / 0-)
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      just don't understand how she can be doing so poorly in MA.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:06:10 PM PDT

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      •  I do. (1+ / 0-)
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        Susan from 29

        See comment, below.  (Hint: the idiots out-vote us.)

        To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

        by Youffraita on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:13:23 PM PDT

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      •  Susan - I am in MA for a few weeks visiting family (7+ / 0-)

        On the southern shore we see both the Providence stations as well as those from Boston. I have intentionally been watching the Boston stations so that I can watch the Warren/Brown commercials. Brown has very good, feel good, commercials. They are clearly focused on Independents. Warren's commercial's are hard hitting and focused on Democrats. I have been following this race, although I live in California, and in my opinion Warren is trailing in the polls because of "likeability". I think she is a hard candidate for Indies to warm up to, she projects herself as angry. While I think we all have a lot to be angry about, and Warren has seen much of it first hand, voters don't often respond to angry. Down the stretch she needs to become warmer and friendlier.  

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:29:42 PM PDT

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        •  Also in California, I have only been following (2+ / 0-)
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          second hand.

          But you would think that in a state like Mass appealing to Dems would be successful. The anger has to go. And sadly, Scott Brown appears, from a distance, to be the one that people would most like to have a beer with.

          Hopefully the convention will give her the bounce she needs to relax a little so that her humor comes through more clearly. Or she could make a return visit to the Daily Show.

          "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

          by Susan Grigsby on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:37:08 PM PDT

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          •  sigh (3+ / 0-)
            And sadly, Scott Brown appears, from a distance, to be the one that people would most like to have a beer with.
            I'd rather have a beer with Elizabeth Warren...but then again, I'm not your typical low-info voter.  I would always rather have a beer with a policy geek.  Or a rocket scientist.  Or an astrophysicist.  (Astrophysicists are the MOST fun.  Well, except for the artists who specialize in painting dinosaurs for dioramas.)

            To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

            by Youffraita on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:51:31 PM PDT

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        •  Softer look would help, I agree. (0+ / 0-)

          She seems a pretty stubborn woman though. I don't think anyone is going to be brave enough to pitch a makeover to her.

          The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

          by Anne Elk on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 09:45:12 PM PDT

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          •  Anne - Warren really needs a makeover (1+ / 0-)
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            This is still close enough, Obama is polling well above Romney, and the Dems have such a significant registration advantage that she could still win.  However, she needs a significant makeover both personally and politically to win this.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 05:17:33 AM PDT

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  •  If that district voted for Brown (1+ / 0-)
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    the last time (and I know they did), then they are in the same kind of district I am, here in Pennsyltucky.  We shall call it Massitucky.

    Bunch of idiots voting against their own economic self-interest b/c they are, after all, idiots.  Don't know a better way of explaining it.

    BTW, Susan, I have been meaning to Kos-message you.  There's a new book out, reviewed by Janet Maslin in Thursday's NYT, and it struck me as something you might enjoy:

    http://www.nytimes.com/...

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:10:58 PM PDT

  •  Brown has already said it (2+ / 0-)
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    "Who's she running against"?

    Your suggestion is exactly why she's currently trailing Imho.

    She. needs to go local and now!

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:34:25 PM PDT

    •  Really? You don't think it would make any (0+ / 0-)

      difference to campaign on Obama's need for a Democratic Senate? Or that she is already doing this and it is hurting her? (BTW, my response was to the NYT article that said Brown was running on his ties to Obama.)

      VClib, upthread, suggested that she needs to lose the anger.

      Since all politics are local and you are in Mass, you would definitely know more about the game on the ground and how it is playing out. Sitting in California and watching it has been a puzzling how she can be trailing in the polls in a state like Mass.

      "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

      by Susan Grigsby on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:45:12 PM PDT

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      •  Majority of MA voters (2+ / 0-)

        Are registered Independents by nearly double registered Dems.  MA Blue is not true Blue and has a long history of splitting tickets.

        "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

        by EdMass on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:52:52 PM PDT

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        •  Huh. Didn't know that. (1+ / 0-)
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          It certainly explains Romney, though.

          Shit.  I always gave the citizens of MA at least as much credit as the citizens of NYS...guess I was wrong, and am correct in calling it Massitucky.

          To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

          by Youffraita on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 03:57:17 PM PDT

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          •  Citizen of NYS here (0+ / 0-)

            Much as I like to take credit, I'm not sure what you're giving it for:

            Our overwhelming D registration advantage? The one that gave us a Republican governor for 12 years, and an "independent" mayor of our largest city for the same length of time?

            Our fantabulous state leg, where corruption trials erupt like mushrooms after the rain? Where the Democrats cede control of the Senate to the Republicans, even though nonpartisan redistricting would definitely put it in Democratic hands, because they get to keep control of the Assembly? And none of it really matters, because almost all business is conducted by the Governor, the Senate Leader and the Assembly Leader (the famous "three men in a room")? The one that the Brennan Center declared the most dysfunctional in the US?

            Our state party organization, that doesn't care a whole lot about crappy turnout in statewide and national elections because lower interest in local races protects incumbents?

            Don't be misled. Just because we send lots of Ds to DC doesn't mean there isn't plenty of work to be done here.

            "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."........ "The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little." (yeah, same guy.)

            by sidnora on Sun Sep 09, 2012 at 06:11:52 AM PDT

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        •  In that case, I'm glad I donated to her campaign. (0+ / 0-)

          I guess the history of the men that Massachusetts has sent to DC tends to give one the impression that it is a blue state. That and Obama's popularity.  

          Two to one. Wow.

          Thanks for clearing that up for me.

          "I cannot live without books" -- Thomas Jefferson, 1815

          by Susan Grigsby on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 04:09:40 PM PDT

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  •  Look at Govs instate (1+ / 0-)
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    And Volpy and Richardson etc

    "When you're wounded and left on Afghanistan's plains, And the women come out to cut up what remains, Jest roll to your rifle and blow out your brains An' go to your Gawd like a soldier." Rudyard Kipling

    by EdMass on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 04:18:24 PM PDT

  •  Swing voters (2+ / 0-)
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    in Massachusetts are blue-collar men. Think beer, trucks, Red Sox. To those voters, being a liberal standard-bearer is not attractive. (In my opinion, it's no coincidence that Massachusetts lags far behind other states in the number of female office holders, and that its only true liberals have been men.) Martha Coakley won the women's vote in 2010, but it was men who decided that election. That won't change this time around.

    From what I can tell, Warren will not be elected senator this fall. I really hope I'm wrong: I and all five of my immediate family members will be voting for her. My brother has been volunteering over 40 hours a week for her campaign. The fact that Scott Brown is my senator makes me sick. But she is not exciting to the average Massachusetts resident. She doesn't play well. Liberal lion though she may be, she is not as well-liked here on the ground as she is on DKos. She is not an inspirational candidate to moderates. (Barack Obama is.)

    You know that sinking feeling Republicans must be getting now, watching Obama gain a couple points a day in the national trackers? Mass liberals have been getting that feeling ever since early in the summer. It will take a game changer for her to win. (In response to an earlier comment, I think coming out against the sex change ruling is a good move. She may be proud that she's not a politician, but if she doesn't learn to act like one in the next month or so, she won't ever be one.)

  •  dems (1+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29

    I agree with the point.
    That's exactly the point that she made today, and Dukakis told her to make that point in the debate with Brown.

    I wouldn't get too discouraged about that poll.
    It's just 1 poll and definitely things can change.

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 06:17:19 PM PDT

  •  rally (1+ / 0-)
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    Susan from 29

    You know, one point that she made in the rally is that she has Mike Dukakis as a senior advisor.
    I think Dukakis is a great asset, he knows how to win in MA.

    Obama 2012...going to win it with our support!!!

    by mattinjersey on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 06:23:26 PM PDT

  •  I hate to say this about someone I highly (1+ / 0-)
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    respect, but Warren doesn't seem to be connecting to the kind of race she is in. Scott Brown is running about the foxiest campaign you can imagine. You have to hand it to him; he's doing a remarkable job. So what's at the core of the Brown campaign? He's you g and handsome. He tries very hard to be the regular guy, into sports, drives a pickup, that kinda thing. He tries to seem like a Republocrat, someone who is pretty bipartisan. That style makes him extremely competitive in this race and he is going to win without a major change in Warren's strategy. She either has to make Brown a heck of a lot less likeable, perhaps by relentlessly tying him to RomneyRyan, or make herself a lot more likeable. And by likeable, I mean stop being a Harvard professor and start being someone working class stiffs can relax around. Maybe it's too late. But would it kill her to ditch those goofy specs and let voters see those beautiful blue eyes? Could she maybe let her hair down a notch? Would that be such a crime? We may not like it but looks matter. Taller candidates tend to beat shorter ones. Just one of those annoying facts of life. People respond to faces. It's not all about ideas.

    The universe may have a meaning and a purpose, but it may just specifically not include you.

    by Anne Elk on Sat Sep 08, 2012 at 09:43:32 PM PDT

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