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Scott Brown needs to rediscover what got him elected in the first place

Scott Brown needs to rediscover what got him elected in the first place

No one could have seen this coming, right?

Democrat Elizabeth Warren has opened up a lead against Republican incumbent Scott Brown for the first time in their U.S. Senate showdown, but a barrage of attack ads appears to have damaged Warren and Brown’s standing among Massachusetts voters, a new University of Massachusetts at Lowell/Boston Herald poll shows.

Warren leads Brown by a 49-42 percent margin, outside the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 5.3 percentage points. That number includes voters who say they are “leaning” for either candidate. But even without the “leaners,” Warren still leads by a 46-41 percent margin, barely within the margin of error.

Who is going to rally to Brown’s side?  Karl Rove’s Crossroads group is helping with negative ads against Warren, and Brown has a lot of cash to deploy against her.  But the thrill is gone.

I still wish him well, as do LI readers.

I’ll offer this advice:

Rediscover what got you elected in the first place, and don’t try to out liberal a real liberal.

Update: Even if true, I’m not sure whining about this helps, GOP Cries Sabotage of Brown’s Bipartisanship:

Sen. Scott Brown says he has been stymied this year in his effort to build a record of bipartisan legislative successes — a problem Republicans blame on Democratic efforts to sink his 2012 re-election bid.


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It might be a good idea to find out where the negative information on Scott is coming from, and directly counter it. Describe the process and the lies in an ad.

Yes, I am guessing that it’s not a positive campaign, and that you have people using very limited media for their information.

Other than to stir up controversy, I don’t have a clue why ANY responsible media outlet issues a “news” story on a poll with such shaky results as +/- 5+%. Immediately upon writing that, I realized that there are NO “responsible” Main Stream Moron outlets. I would NEVER advise a candidate on how to act with such a shaky result. The sample size is so small that the results are going to be wrong 1 out of 20 times the poll is taken.

From a campaign management standpoint, it really ticks me off. Spend the money to get to the numbers you need for a 3-% accuracy rating, or don’t bother.

As for substance, Brown needs to be hammering Warren on her Socialist-Statist comments. Her blatant redistributionism policies, her disdain for free markets and her chairmanship of the 2008 Banking Bailout are easy targets.

PS. Liberal voters know that Conservatives have something worthwhile to offer, and that there is a season to take away control of the government from an entrenched group. I would suggest positive ads: “Scott Brown — keep ’em honest.” as a slogan.

Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown. (MA voters are going to revert back to the liberal norm)

To think of Elizabeth Warren with a six-year Senatorial megaphone makes me nauseous.

Isn’t there a Siberian Gulag clamoring for her leadership?

Now he votes for Cordray for Consumer Protection Agency. Lost cause.

Given the choice between a liberal and a half-liberal, voters will usually choose the real deal – due in large part to people that prefer a Conservative staying home and not bothering to vote. Given the choice between a committed Conservative and a Liberal, voters will usually choose the Conservative.

Remember ‘New Coke’? Pepsi was gaining market share so Coke decided to replace its successful brand with a new ‘improved’ version that tasted more like Pepsi. It went over like lead balloon. People that liked Pepsi stayed with it, people that liked Coke refused to by the crap that tasted like Pepsi.

I’ve never understood why so many Republicans never seem to grasp this. The Democrats have no problem with it on their side. Give people something to vote FOR and they’ll get excited and turn out. No one’s going to get excited about a candidate that’s a middle-of-the-road squish that doesn’t stand for anything. No one wants a guy that’s pretending to be sortof like his opponent. Stand up and make a case for what you believe in.

“Who is going to rally to Brown’s side? Karl Rove’s Crossroads group is helping with negative ads against Warren, and Brown has a lot of cash to deploy against her. But the thrill is gone.”

Would it be more thrilling if we stood by and allowed the Massachusetts Miracle to be replaced by a Marxist Miracle?

Warren is not option.

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Maybe Warren is surging and Brown will soon be toast, but this is a great poll and news story reporting it to use as an example why some polls often turn out to be very misleading.

Nothing in this poll justifies the Herald’s reporting it as Warren “surging ahead.”

First, it’s inherently not a very reliable poll because of its small sample and gargantuan margin of error — 5.3 percent!

Worse, the Herald’s reporting that Warren at 49 and Brown at 42 is “outside the margin of error” is flat out untrue (lots of reporters do not understand this).

Margin of error applies to each percentage of responses obtained from the entire sample. In this case, Warren 49, Brown 42, and presumably (though not reported by the Herald), undecided or don’t know, 9. Simplifying the margin of error down to an even 5.0, this means that Warren has somewhere between 44 and 54, Brown somewhere between 37 and 47, and undecided between 4 and 14.

Similarly, in the September poll, which was reported as Warren 38 and Brown 41, the range of equally probable percentages is from 33 to 43 for Warren and from 36 to 46 for Brown.

Thus, repeating the two surveys on the same days in September and December with a sample of the same size composed the same way could have yielded results showing Warren’s moving from 43 to 44 and Brown moving from 46 to 47.

These results are just as probable as the results reported by the Herald — in which case, the story would clearly have been, not much change with both holding even — not Warren surging.

(And this does not take into account the confidence level which was not reported — ie, the results would be 49/42 plus or minus 5.3 percent ninety five percent or ninety percent of the time, but never 100 percent).

Generally, comparing results over time from the same pollster using the same methodology gives you a fair reading of the direction things are moving in. But that becomes suspect in the case of polls with small sample sizes, high margins of error or low confidence levels. Unfortunately, we have seen a proliferation of such polls by media outlets, colleges and others eager for the exposure.

Senator Brown might want to consider the saying I learned a million years ago in Texas: “dance with the one that brought you.” He’s done nothing but poke a stick in the eye of the Tea Parties and other conservative groups who worked to support him in every way possible.

Even in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts there’s nothing “conservative” about Scott Brown’s voting record. He’s only marginally preferable to Elizabeth Warren, unfortunately for all of us.

    JerryB in reply to dogzilla. | December 8, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    A here here to you, dogzilla, and I’ll add my disgust. I didn’t vote for the proabortion, pro-homo porn star, and will probably not again. Why should I vote for Liz Warren light just because he has an “R” label? It only encourages the RINO establishment to give us more of the same.

    Yep, right out of the gate he made some bad calls. Instead of living up to his billing he crushed the hopes of his supporters all over this nation, all the way across the continent. Now, it’s a conundrum – she’s worse, by far. But – he failed and is tarnished. It’s a shame.

    I’d say, buck up and support him. It’s not worth risking having her in there.

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Brown will reap what he’s sown. No real support from conservative because he isn’t one. The Prof. is right…Brown should go back to why people supported him to begin with. It wasn’t because he’s a RINO.

As a conservative Texan I have been unimpressed with Scott Brown. He may have an R by his name, but being from Mass. he is closer to a Houston communist than Texas Hill Country conservative.

Speaking of Houston communists, the former candidate for governor and former mayor of Houston, Bill White, I am reminded of some bumper stickers I spotted today. The stickers were on the back of a Prius (natch). One was a “Bill White for Governor”. The other read “My other car is a centaur”. I guess the fool couldn’t afford a unicorn.

I sent Senator Brown $25 the first time around, not this time. To echo earlier comments, why vote for a fake liberal when you can vote for the real deal? Sorry Senator, I realize you ran as the 41st vote, but other people who don’t despise me need that $25 far more than you do. McCain lost because he was only pretending to be liberal, while 0bama was a real liberal. Conservatives stayed home.

“dance with the one that brought you.”
works as does
“You can dance-every dance with the guy
Who gives you the eye,let him hold you tight
You can smile-every smile for the man
Who held your hand neath the pale moon light
But don’t forget who’s takin’ you home
And in whose arms you’re gonna be
So darlin’ save the last dance for me”

Really? Senator Brown is shocked that Democrats would rather have a Democratic Senator than have a “consensus building, bridge building, hand extending Republican”? Maybe those positions are already filled: Princess Murkowski of Alaska, The twins from Maine, to name just three. Golly, us conservatives would rather have a real conservative than a bridge building consensor.

(new word: consensor— a person who strives to build a consensus.)

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