Just got back from voting, as of noon just over 200 ballots cast at my precinct. That is a strong turnout. This is compared to 350 total for the mayoral race this past November, 930 in November 2008, and 450 in the Democratic presidential primary in February 2008. Not sure of the totals for the primary last December, but I know it was low.Bert adds his own items to my list of issues and passions driving today’s contest:
Brown's campaign had two guys there to prevent "voter intimidation" as they put it at first. Surprised me because there has never been any problem there, if they had a good ID operation they ought to have had them checking off voters. At least do something useful while they are there.
--Too much, too little - Martha’s gotten too much attention for too long for someone without much personality. Scott Brown’s gotten too little attention in too short a time frame for someone unknown. Advantage: Brown.Update -- Ben addes:
--Cynicism - The “hope” of Brown supporters actually seems negative somehow.
--Rollover minutes - Bush and a war costlier than promised sank the Republican Revolution. Obama and a recession deeper than anyone wants is sinking the Democrats. I wouldn’t call it overreach by the Republicans then or the Democrats now. It’s one of those “easier to win the title than hold it” things. Oh, and do Americans really, truly, deep down feel very strongly about many of these issues? If they do, why does personality come into it so much?
Surprised that there’s been no mention of the impact of the MA statehouse Dems stuffing through the temporary senator as a sowing the seeds of discontent. Turned off a Dem like myself. Can’t imagine the impact on independents as it was a stark reminder of one party rule.