It looks like alarm bells are also ringing at the Boston Globe. In their endorsement of Coakley, the editors mention her seven times. In contrast, they mention Scott Brown fourteen times. It reads more like a repudiation of Brown than an endorsement of Coakley.
Republican State Senator Scott Brown, who drives an old truck, channels voter skepticism more directly. Ignoring signs of improvement in the economy, he casts President Obama as the source of today’s problems, and would give the Republicans enough votes to block, under Senate rules, anything Obama wants to do. Affable in person, Brown nonetheless seeks to be a terminator, stopping the Democratic domestic agenda in its tracks.
In Massachusetts, the expected result of a Senate election is a Democratic victory, so Brown wins points for being different. He even entices voters to give him a try, noting that they can toss him out after three years.
Rarely has a pitch been more misleading. A vote for Brown is hardly a symbolic protest against congressional gridlock and the ways of Washington. It’s a vote for gridlock, in the form of endless Republican filibusters, and for the status quo in health care, climate change, and financial regulation. That’s what will happen if Brown gives the Republicans the additional vote they need to tie up the Senate.
Um, that’s the point. Thanks bow-tie bumkissers!
In case you’re wondering, the Herald endorsement of Brown mentions Coakley once.