Does any one else think the election of Brown seem familiar?

  • grnranger99

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    Jan 25, 2010 3:53 PM GMT
    Is it just me or does the recent election of Massachusetts Senator-Elect Scott Brown seem just like the book "The Appeal" by John Grisham?
    Or what about the recent decision about campaign donations by the Supreme court?
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    Jan 25, 2010 4:35 PM GMT
    The election does not appear to have been "irregular" in the sense of rigged ballots. It does, however, reflect a continuing pattern of national interest groups and money flooding state and local races. The tactic has now been used to defeat gay marriage in several states, and to elect Republicans like Brown.

    When the election is in just 1 state or Congressional district, but the campaign effort is waged with outside resources & workers from all 50 states, then a distortion of the parochial interests of the local resident voters becomes a danger.

    Of course, this has always happened to some extent before, but never on this scale of money, resources and coordination.
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    Jan 25, 2010 4:48 PM GMT
    There is an anti-incumbency attitude this year.
    Coakley ran a shit campaign.
    The Dem leadership didn't right the ship in time.

    Really, that sort of election happens dozens of times every year. This one was in the news because it was a special election, a senate seat, Ted's seat, health care reform bills are being debated, and the leader of the Democrat Party did fuck all to help.
  • HyannisGuy

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    Jan 25, 2010 6:54 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidThe election does not appear to have been "irregular" in the sense of rigged ballots. It does, however, reflect a continuing pattern of national interest groups and money flooding state and local races. The tactic has now been used to defeat gay marriage in several states, and to elect Republicans like Brown.

    When the election is in just 1 state or Congressional district, but the campaign effort is waged with outside resources & workers from all 50 states, then a distortion of the parochial interests of the local resident voters becomes a danger.

    Of course, this has always happened to some extent before, but never on this scale of money, resources and coordination.


    Martha Coakley, the democrat in this race had greater amounts of contributions from out of state than Brown did. As a matter of fact, she took multiple trips to DC to meet with lobbyists and PAC's!