1) Scott Brown buys the Boston Globe
Scott Brown’s full-page “Open Letter to the People of Massachusetts” in the Sunday Boston Globe is yet another example of his campaign’s pitch-perfect media effort in the current U.S. Senate race. Here’s how Brown’s open letter ends:
I want you to know that no matter what happens on Election Day, I consider myself a winner for having gone through this campaign. I was born and raised in Massachusetts, and I’ve lived here my entire life. But it wasn’t until now that I got a chance to fully appreciate the true spirit of the people of Massachusetts. They are the most patriotic, hard-working and optimistic people in the world. I have come away with a much deeper love and appreciation for them.
For all of that, and for the privilege of meeting with you in your neighborhoods, your homes, and where you work, I thank you.
One question: Is the candidate as classy as his campaign?
2) Tea Party Express Chugs into Town
Among the myriad third-party groups blanketing the local TV airwaves with Brown/Coakley for-and-against ads is an outfit called the Tea Party Express, which is currently running this spot (via Talking Points Memo) on Boston television stations as part of a reported $150,000 campaign.
The Tea Party Express describes itself this way on its website (which to all appearances hasn’t been updated for several months):
The Tea Party Express national bus tour will host a series of tea party rallies all across the nation from coast-to-coast and border-to-border. The effort will begin in San Diego, California on October 25th and travel eastward, building momentum as the tour reaches its final destination: a giant rally in Orlando, Florida on November 12th.
The tour comes exactly one-year before the November 2010 elections – and this will serve as a “Countdown to Judgment Day” for our elected officials. Those who are not serving in the nation’s best interest will be put on notice: we’re going to hand you a pink slip!
At each stop the tour will highlight some of the worst offenders in Congress who have voted for higher spending, higher taxes, and government intervention in the lives of American families and businesses. These Members of Congress have infringed upon the freedom of the individual in this great nation, and its time for us to say: “Enough is Enough!”
And here’s how the Tea Baggers are described by the Boston Herald:
Brown has sought to downplay his ties to the Tea Party movement, a loose network that took root in a series of protests against the federal government last year, promoted by conservative commentators and denounced by liberal ones. “I’ve gotten support from everybody – Democrats, Republicans,” Brown said when asked about national Tea Party support.
Sounds like Brown is afraid voters will think the looney-tunes fit him to a Tea.