Archive for January 19, 2010

…but Dan’s system is snarfing something that my system can’t so I’ll type in my updates that I missed.

9:11 p.m Net is down again this is becoming a pain in the neck

9:13 p.m. Stacy is not a happy man right now

9:18 p.m. Talking to network lady working on it.

9:20 p.m. I’ve just been told that Coakley has conceded

9:22 p.m. The room just went up in a roar, they have found out and the crowd has gone wild….

9:29 p.m. Very jealous of Ace’s air card right now

9:40 p.m. Went through the crowd and talked to Joe Malone. He believes there will be no problem getting national GOP money to support local candidates for statewide office. He didn’t pad the answer.

9:50 p.m. Crowd chanting yankees suck when they show the Coakley stuff on the screen

9:52 p.m. Ace is blogging up a storm, since I can’t get on I’m searching out people to talk to for news.

10:01 p.m. The Loudest boo came when she thanked President Obama.

10:04 p.m. I’m still shocked it was only 5 pts.

10:05 p.m. For Martha Coakley the big question is: Can she get up off the mat and learn from this defeat enough to defend her job?

10:25 p.m. The warm up speakers are up, the crowd is VERY happy, I’m surprised how subdued I am.

10:28 p.m. Romney says the country has reason to thank us, he’s damn right.

10:31 p.m. Chant of “Gas up the truck”

10:32 p.m. Chant of “41!” followed by “People’s seat.”, now chant of “seat him now”

10:37 p.m. “It was all of us against the machine.” Boy I wish I could see Olberman’s face

10:38 p.m. Gail Huff is on the stage, I’m glad she can finally enjoy this.

10:39 p.m. He just said his daughters are both available, a bunch of heads at NOW just blew up.

10:43 p.m. Thanked John McCain (also was gracious to Kerry, and the President) should thank the Other McCain too

10:46 p.m. “When they’re in trouble in Massachusetts, they’re in trouble everywhere.” Democrats should be afraid very afraid.

10:48 p.m. Hits the heathcare bill, more than anything else that caused democrats to cross over.

10:50 p.m. USA chant

10:51 p.m. I really owe Dan Collins a big one for this.

10:57 p.m. “I’m nobody’s senator but yours” Down come the balloons.

11:00 p.m. I’m still pretty surprised at the smallness of the win. Expected much more, I will be very interested in the breakdown of the Democratic absentee vote,

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Brockton: Talked to a voter: Very long lines at the polls, an even split between Brown and Coakley signs and people holding them.

Revere: My contact tells me that Brown is the subject on everyone lips. Martha is not. He informs me that for a Republican candidate to generate this much buzz in the city is unknown.

Jamaica Plain: Looking solidly for Martha.

Talked to a gentleman from Boston who voted for Brown, he has known the family for years and is delighted with the candidate, I asked if he would have considered voting republican if another candidate with Brown’s positions had been running. He was not sure, but he expressed no excitement for Coakley.

Update: 2nd report from Leominister from a different polling location. Long lines of voters no Coakley signs, several people holding signs for Brown.

Grafton: Strong Republican town and tonight will be no different, voters excited that they will be making a difference.

Randolph: Normally strong democratic, trending Brown, “she is not personable”

WBUR and the Globe report that the Coakley campaign is alleging fraud. I’m so glad I wasn’t drinking when I heard about that.

Talking to Carl Cameron from Fox now about what we have both seen. Barney Frank loudly proclaimed Ms. Coakley’s faults across the room with no attempt to keep anyone from hearing. This doesn’t happen when you have a chance to win.

Leominster again: Two different precincts. For the first time I have reports of Coakley people holding signs, at City hall it is dead even, at ward 4 one more Coakley person that for Brown. And a heads up to the Right Wing Gammer these are reports from guys you know.

South Boston: Not a sign in the window for either candidate, told that if this was a Kennedy Election there would be no question what would be happening. Southie being Southie people are not saying it aloud when I asked a man in a bar this morning (1:20 a.m.) who he supported, another fellow next to him told me it was none of my business although he used more “colorful” language however the people who have talked to me suggest it will be going Brown.

7:59 p.m. The crowd is just dying for 8 p.m. I’m wondering how fast the media will call it.

8:01 p.m. I think the lack of sleep is finally starting to hit me, I think I’ve had less than 14 hours sleep since Friday.

The main web guy is talking in front of me all about what they did right on the web.

8:12 p.m. I hate to disappoint my pal in Leominster who insisted that the “Brown Vote Fraud” nonsense was real but this report puts the kibosh on what I already laughed about. Wishful thinking on the media’s part doesn’t make it so.

8:15 p.m. The food was pretty good and the band is very loud, these people are having a lot of fun.

8:21 p.m. How loud is the band? I have ear candy in my ears, Dr Who the Mutant Phase playing and I can’t hear it over the band, on the plus side the Band is pretty good.

8:25 p.m. BTW did I forget to mention that I was introduced to Pam Geller a couple of hours ago (charming lady) and that Ace of Spades grabbed a spot between me and Dan.?

8:38 p.m. Net went down snarfing a nearby one. I normally wouldn’t do that, but I just interviewed Scott Brown’s brother Bruce and I want to get it it up.

8:57 p.m. Net is back up but believe it or not it was down while I questioned Scott’s brother Bruce and then Mitt Romney.

8:58 p.m. The crowd is cheering for a 5 point lead so far, I can’t get excited for something that I’ve already decided has happened.

8:59 p.m. I asked Gov Romney if the republicans can exploit the victory tonight, he didn’t like the word exploit but said that republicans can win if they support lower taxes, less government blah blah blah… Reasked the question saying how do we make this Berlin 1991 instead of Hungary 1958, same generic answer, before I could press on how to recruit candidates etc the national media started to swarm.

9:02 p.m. I asked about the dangers of the exceptions game due to the victory (that I’ve already claimed has happened we just don’t “know” it yet) he maintains that Scott is down to earth enough to not over promise and has the willingness to work very hard to achieve the goals he has set.

…with Dan Collins by my side and press credentials on our fedoras. Stacy is currently being interviews Breitbart TV streaming here.

The mood in the press room seems quiet I don’t think the enormity of what is going to happen has hit yet. I almost wish I was at the Coakley place since the reactions there are not only going to be priceless but the news in terms of what and how the democrats react will really determine if this resounds in Massachusetts the way it will all over the country.

with Stacy and Dan Collins to take our promised seats on blog row.

Late report from the RightWingGammer, in Newburyport, normally he would expect D+15; today it’s too close to call.

He also has some good advice:

DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT think this is in the bag! Go, vote, then celebrate, but no earlier than 7:00PM please. Make the liberals there think differently. Catch them by surprise.

Update finally tally from Newburyport: Coakley by 1