Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Why she lost

She couldn't turn out the base:
Charles Franklin stayed up late crunching numbers and found that Scott Brown's (R) vote totals in Massachusetts were essentially identical, in aggregate, to those Sen. John McCain received in the 2008 presidential election.

But it was a very different picture for Martha Coakley (D). Her best town gave her only about 80% of Barack Obama's vote. Even in the towns she won, she was dramatically underperforming the Obama vote.

The Man, The Myth, The Bio

East Bay, California, United States
Problem: I have lots of opinions on politics and culture that I need to vent. If I do not do this I will wind up muttering to myself, and that's only like one or two steps away from being a hobo. Solution: I write two blogs. A political blog that has some evident sympathies (pro-Obama, mostly liberal though I dissent on some issues, like guns and trade) and a culture blog that does, well, cultural essays in a more long-form manner. My particular thing is taking overrated things (movies, mostly, but other things too) down a peg and putting underrated things up a peg. I'm sort of the court of last resort, and I tend to focus on more obscure cultural phenomena.