Brown to give Tea Party rally in Boston a pass; flack earns pay by claiming senator who found time to campaign for John McCain in Arizona now too busy to show up in the largest city in his state.
By giving Rachel Maddow a reason to buy a full-page ad in the paper.
Declares her non-intentions in an exclusive interview on, um, her own show; says Draft Maddow page on Facebook likely a joke by a friend of hers:
UPDATE: Maddow declares she isn't running; appreciates a good joke as much as anyone.
OK, so it was kind of interesting this morning that some people had set up a Facebook page to try to convince MSNBC talent and Northampton resident Rachel Maddow to run against Scott Brown in 2012 (they're now 5.2% of the way toward their goal of getting 10,000 people to sign up). It got even funner this afternoon when John Walsh, chairman of the Democratic State Committee, got wind of the boomlet and posted what sure seemed like it was meant to be a private message on the Tweety:
Some are talking about you running vs Scott Brown in '12. I'm Chair of MA Dem Party. My email is [email protected] cell-617-650-9311
Apparently I'm not the only one disappointed to learn that politicians don't have instant access to everybody's phone numbers (you know how losing candidates always call the winning candidate on election night - where do they get their phone numbers from?) - there's now a Twitter discussion on #walshgate. And please, for goodness sake, don't go calling Walsh and asking if his refrigerator is running.
#walshgate is like clicking "reply to all" in Outlook. But to the whole internet. Cue overwhelming paranoia whenever DMing from now on.
Jay Fitzgerald cautions the Senator Elect against the tidelet of enthusiasm for him as a national candidate:
Is Brown the next Duke, Tsongas, Kerry and Romney? ... [T]hey're handy local reminders why Brown shouldnâ€™t go down the constant-campaign road: Duke, '88; Tsongas, '92; Kerry, '04 and Romney, '08. One might as well add Weld and Cellucci to the list, if youâ€™re counting all the annoying Massachusetts pols who mentally checked out early on us. ...
Fort Left writes it was at the Martin Luther King Day breakfast on Monday:
... Speaking before a friendly audience which loves itâ€™s politicians, Martha did not get a standing ovation or a "you go, girl" shouted from the audience. Martin Luther King, III was more eloquent on her behalf than she was and he lives in Atlanta. That was when I began the process of resigning myself to the inevitable. ...
Bob LeLievre breaks down Coakley's large win in Boston by neighborhood, along with comparisons to 2006 numbers for Deval Patrick. Some interesting numbers: She lost South Boston, barely took West Roxbury, Charlestown and Tom Menino's redoubt of Readville, but got 96% of the vote in Mattapan and 92% in Roxbury.
Rob Sama pulls together the numbers, shows why even Barney Frank might have reason for concern.
Richard Howe posts some interesting Lowell numbers: Brown got only a few more votes yesterday than McCain did in 2008. But Coakley got fewer than half the votes Obama did:
... The Obama vote stayed home, and did not have to transfer to Brown for him to carry Lowell. ...
Look at the town-by-town results on boston.com and the results are pretty dramatic: Coakley basically won inside 128, the Rte. 2 corridor, the
Berkshires western end of the state, Springfield and Worcester. Brown won pretty much everything else (but Flutie failed to carry Natick for Brown, so there is that). Suburbs basically beat the cities (except Lowell, which Brown took).
Republican bloggers are, obviously, more in the mood to party than analyze tonight (in fact, Red Mass. Group is liveblogging from the Brown victory party), while Democratically inclined bloggers are more inclined to analyze how the bluest state in the nation just sent a conservative Republican to Washington:
Boston Maggie: How does it feel? It feels good.
The Phoenix catches boston.com putting up an interactive map showing Coakley has won the election several hours before the polls closed.