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 shouldn’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 you’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 it’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.
Jay Fitzgerald, who predicted a Coakley win this morning, reports he is pleased to be wrong:
... The most stunning political state upset in my lifetime. ...
Mark Sullivan: We just cracked open the champagne.
The Phoenix catches boston.com putting up an interactive map showing Coakley has won the election several hours before the polls closed.
Now anybody who's ever worked in a newsroom knows somebody was just doing this to test the map out, not because he or she is part of a zombie army munching its way through the Commonwealth. Anybody who's ever worked with Web sites, however, knows NOT TO FRICKIN' DO THAT ON A LIVE SYSTEM. That's why God gave us test servers behind the firewall, guys.
Around 12:30 p.m., a worker from the Boston Elections Department showed up at Holy Name School in West Roxbury to begin removing all of the Coakley and Brown signs festooning the wall and fence along West Roxbury Parkway and Centre Street.
The school, which sits on a rise, is traditionally a place where candidates position giant signs - and candidates themselves routinely position themselves right in front of the entrance to the polling station. Mayor Menino himself is a frequent voter accoster on those steps, despite a state law that bans politicking within 150 feet of the entrance to a polling place.
But not today. Even a Brown supporter expressed surprise - he said he figured some Brown person "from the suburbs" dropped a dime and filed a complaint. Even more upset was a Coakley supporter - to whom the election worker was busy handing over signs, one far larger than the supporter herself. The worker said she would either have to do something with the signs or he would just cart them away for disposal.
What are you seeing out there?
David Bernstein attempts to parse it out.
Also, the correct answer to his question, "Snow, what is it good for?" is, of course:
Snow, huh, yeah
What is it good for
Say it again, y'all
Huntington News covers the rally.
Blue Mass. Group has the details, basically, it starts at 3, doors open at 1 (so people will start lining up at, what, 6 a.m.?).
Because of the closing of St. Matthew and The Redeemer Episcopal Church, voters in Ward 6's precincts 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will have new places to vote, starting with this Tuesday's Senate election:
Ward 6, precinct 4. You used to vote at the South Boston Neighborhood House Senior Center, but now you get to vote at Julie's Family Learning Program, 133 Dorchester St.
Ward 6, precincts 6, 7, 8 and 9. You used to vote at the Neighborhood House Senior Center (6) or the church (7, 8 and 9). Now you have go to to the Msgr. John T. Powers Elderly Housing, 120 L St. Precinct 6 and 7 voters can go in the main entrance; Precinct 8 and 9 voters should use the door closest to E. 5th St.
Not-Related Kennedy mentions threats on his Facebook page, in reaction to a comment from a Brown supporter upset at being called a Brown Shirt:
Donna, With all do respect. Me and my family have been threatened with violence from Brown Supporters. I am not sure I would call that a little dissent. I have had to go to my local police department due to the nature of the interactions we are getting. So forgive me if I enlighten you to the facts. I live with a 10 year old little girl. If violence directed at us is a little dissent then I think that your campaign needs to redefine the word.
Via Mike Cann.