Special elections, like next Tuesday’s to replace Teddy Kennedy, are all about voter turnout. And suppressing turnout, by discouraging Democratic supporters and potential swing votes, in order to give Scott “Cosmo Boy” Brown an edge is Rethug Ratfucking 101. Yeah, Martha Coakley lacks the fire and sparkle (vigah!) one might wish to inspire the progressive troops. But Coakley is the first woman within spitting distance of the seat because the Democratic powers-that-be here in the commonwealth are still very much Good Old Bhoyos, and they are terrified of any Vagina-American who doesn’t come across as a bloodless paper-shuffler. Coakley is the Massachusetts equivalent of Hilary Clinton.
And Scott Brown is Sarah Palin without the starbursts. He may even be dumber than Palin, although he doesn’t come across quite as vicious, possibly because he’s got more socially acceptable outlets for physical violence. Giving him a higher profile would make Boston comedians’ jobs a whole lot easier, which in combination with the traditional Irish/Italian ethnic gynophobia probably explains his endorsement by certain jovial professional alcoholics. As a lifelong drone in the state’s Permanent Minority Party, Brown’s never found a position he couldn’t be against before he was in favor, or vice versa — he’s a low-rent, downscale version of Willard Romney, doggedly pursuing the role of farce to Mitt’s tragedy.
Rethuglican tools like Byron York will be all over the airwaves this weekend, using the Wingnut Wurlitzer and their fellow Media Village Idiots to trumpet Brown’s “scrappy underdog” credentials. (They’ve also got an even-further-right stalking horse in the race, a glibertarian “Independent” whose entire campaign seems to be ‘My legal name is Joe Kennedy, and confusing elderly voters is what passes for an honorable tradition among us swamp yankees.’) It’s up to us DFHs to fight back against the Republican propaganda — and to remember that it’s always propaganda.
ETA: There were, of course, a metric shit-ton of both Brown and Coakley ads during the local evening news. NOT ONE of Brown’s ads use the word “Republican” — he calls himself an ‘independent’ who will ‘fight for all the people of Massachusetts, Democrats and independents and others’. The anti-Coakley ads are sponsored by some group whose name I caught as Citizens-Working-for-Better-American-Democracy (probably not the exact title), but again, scrupulously avoided the R-Word. Brown is very, very wounded that Coakley supporters would call him names, but the name used most often in those ads is Republican.