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I talked to people at Mass and at the K of C yesterday and I was very surprised to hear so much support for Tim Cahill…until I read this:

“As you know, the MCFL State PAC endorsed Tim Cahill for Governor last spring. Tim answered our questionnaire 100% pro-life. He pledged to opt out of the abortion funding in Obamacare. We were pleased for our people to have someone for whom to vote because the other candidates hold aggressively pro-abortion positions.

“Unfortunately, Charlie Baker is still (in his own words) ‘to the left of Barack Obama on social issues’ and Deval Patrick has never been for life.

Occasionally there is a race with candidates whose positions are so stridently pro-abortion that no one in conscience can vote for them. That is the case with Baker and Patrick.

Let me follow up with a pronouncement by the Pope:

… Pastors should remind the faithful of their duty to use their votes to advance the common good. He said when political platforms consider decriminalizing abortion, democracy itself is undermined and “betrayed at its very roots.”

Do I think that Tim Cahill’s abortion platform is for expedience, yup. Could his abortion support in the first place been expedience? Yup, I’ve seen many Catholic Pols shift on abortion and gay marriage in order to move up in the democratic party which is perceived as the only game in town. Now lets again go over the rules for Mortal Sin:

1. Grave Matter (Abortion? Yup)

2. Full Knowledge (Do I know the candidate supports abortion and there is no pro-life alternative?)

3. Done Deliberately (Knowing the two above do I still make that vote advancing abortion?)

I’ve talked to many voters who are planning on the full republican ticket except at the top. It confused me until yesterday when for the first time one of them mentioned abortion. I must confess until yesterday I was totally unaware of this issue (which doesn’t reflect well on me).

I am a Catholic Blogger, a VERY Catholic blogger. Like all members of the Knights of Columbus when I say the pledge at the very end I add the words “Born and Unborn”. I was considering the situation (if the pro life candidate is non-viable is choosing between two pro-abortion candidates allowed?) when I looked at the comments on that Red State post hitting MCFL and at Universal Hub cheering abortion.

One of the reasons why I became a republican is because As a Catholic who you know actually BELIEVES in Catholicism The democratic party brands me a racist, bigot, sexist, homophobic etc etc etc. Reading the comments at those two sites brought back memories of those halcyon days.

For this I give as a gift to those sites the Wheel of Fish award:

Tim Cahill ran as an independent because he believed that “Republican” would always be a dirty word in Massachusetts, that was true until it wasn’t. The same holds true with abortion. It will be a pro-abortion state until it is not.

And I repeat and if Charlie Baker loses this race today, this is the reason.

12:50 a.m. Talking Iraq & Afghanistan, but also talking Iran and nuclear fuel.

12:36 a.m. Asking Marty (who is a real estate lawyer) about the housing bubble, blames Fanny and Freddie

12:31 a.m. Marty gives McGovern credit for debating and sticking with his beliefs.

12:22 a.m. Now Marty Lamb is back with us for the end.

12:14 a.m. Talking about actually making decisions when elected

11:57 p.m. questions for the candidates coming from a caller on questions 1 & 3

11:45 p.m. We are extending the show to 1 a.m!

11:35 p.m Ed McGrath (State Senate Ashland, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Natick, Franklin, Medway.) Rodney Josephson (state rep 5th Worcester district) , Peter Durant 6th Worcester (state Rep) , Dan Dubrule (state senate State Senator of the Worcester, Hampden, Hampshire and Franklin Senatorial District) all on the air together

11:32 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for governor’s council now on

11:25 p.m. Kamal Jain explaining why we should vote yes on Question 1 and question 3

11:15 p.m. I’ll give Jim McGovern credit, like John Olver he defended his votes, he didn’t have an answer for the other dems who are running from their records but it’s not him job. Gotta love a guy who sticks to his guns!

11:05 p.m. Congressman Jim McGovern (d) for Ma-3 now on

10:52 p.m. Steve Grossman (d) candidate for Treasurer on

10:50 p.m. Rich Mitchell candidate for Governor’s council about to go on

10:34 p.m. Bill Campbell (r) for sec of state now on the air

10:20 p.m. Stacy McCain says that all 4 of them have a shot of winning

10:15 p.m. Stacy Mccain now calling in to join the 4 congressmen

9:48 p.m. Taking calls for the candidates

9:46 p.m. tom Wesley now joining us too ma-1 ma-2 ma-3 ma-4 all on the air at once! Bazinga!

9:39 p.m. Talking the Big Red Wave with Marty Lamb. Sean Bielat talking about democrats supporting him.

9:26 p.m. We now have Bill Gunn, Marty Lamb and Sean Bielat on the air ma-1, ma-3, ma-4

9:14 p.m. Kevin Kuros candidate for State Rep in the 8th Worcester district now up

9:09 p.m. Two of the three Sheriff candidates on the line now, just got back from interviewing Bill Gunn ma-1 in the waiting area with Marty Lamb ma-3

8:50 p.m. Talk about unusual we have both Tom Foley (d) candidate for Sheriff and Keith Nicholas (i) candidate for Worcester County Sheriff at the same time.

8:46 p.m. Jim McKenna (r) candidate for AG now on the air

8:38 p.m. Jim Henderson (i) candidate for Sec of State just on

8:25 p.m. Sen Moore says nothing is likely to happen this session on it.

8:20 p.m Sitting State Senator Dick Moore on with Mary right now.

8:15 p.m. Mary Z Connaughton candidate for State Auditor now on the line

8:10 p.m. Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) now on in the studio

8:00 p.m. Great middle eastern food tonight in the studio provided by Bagels and Kabobs at 160 Worcester Providence Turnpke Sutton Mass. Thanks to Tom Kahale.

7:58 p.m. Jen gives us the same report that canvasser have told me about knocking as a republican.

7:53 p.m. Jen Caissie candidate for Gov council now on the line, John asks her about the big red wave

7:46 p.m. Asking about Gary asks Karen about “nasty campaigning” and getting back together after the election.

7:38 p.m. Karyn Polito candidate for State Treasurer is now on the line

7:35 p.m. Kim Roy is back on

7:28 p.m. Gary Rosen asked about getting a casino, Baker talks about the Patrick not managing to do it with a friendly legislature.

7:25 p.m In the studio waiting to go on later two independent candidates: Ron Madnick Dist 13 state rep (i) and Jim Henderson (I) candidate for Sec of State no idea when we will get to them as we have a bunch of people on the line.

7:20 p.m. Asked about state workers being laid off, Baker answers: He gets this from state workers all the time and asks: Is there anyone who is a political appointment or not pulling their weight? When they answer “yes” he says “So what’s the problem?”

7:13 p.m. Baker says he has been hearing good things from Dems

7:10 p.m. Candidate for governor Charlie Baker now on the air.

7:05 p.m. We are starting with Kim Roy State Senate

Getting ready for the Red and Blue Political Horror Show

…and I have a wedding today.

I managed to talk to him last night after he landed and managed to get a few minutes on the phone with Marty Lamb, Tom Wesley and Bill Gunn before they went on the air last night. You will likely read about that in the next day or two at his blog.

Today he is noticing the negative ads Deval Patrick outside groups have been hitting Baker with relentlessly:

Charles Baker is the Republican candidate challenging Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick. Lately, Baker has been targeted by attack ads from a group called “Bay State Future,” headed by Barbara Weniger. But this group is actually a front for Democrats and labor unions

Democrats in this state are VERY scared. You have seen very little polling outside of ma-10, the governor’s race and ma-4 (Barney Frank vs Sean Beilat). If the true extent of what is going on here in Massachusetts gets out the democratic morale and fundraiser nationally could collapse.

Some people have not believed what I’ve been saying about Massachusetts, perhaps once Stacy has a few days in the state he can corroborate what I’ve been reporting.

Yesterday memeorandum was all aflutter about Democrats coming back, about the large leads for democrats in polls. Captain Ed Morrissey (he will always be Captain Ed to me) however finds it is just another example of the time share media in action:

And how did the Democrats manage this rather remarkable comeback? Well, the WaPo/ABC pollster managed to find their usual sample gap. They went from a 31/25/39 D/R/I split in September in the general sample and 31/26/37 among registered voters, to 33/23/29 in the general sample and 34/25/37 among registered voters. That nine-point advantage to Democrats among RVs is almost twice what it was in the previous sample.

Of course it might be that democrats are using the new tactics like hiding they are democrats:

With voters in an anti-incumbent mood and a national headwind against their party, some freshman Democrats are touting themselves as unaffiliated outsiders — and it may help them win reelection.

Running against Washington isn’t easy when you’ve got an office on Capitol Hill. But Rep. Kathy Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) has effectively positioned herself as a challenger in her race against Republican Mike Kelly.

One of Dahlkemper’s first TV ads slams Congress and never mentions that she’s an incumbent.

It gets even better, Check out this “Deval Patrick” ad running in Massachusetts:

Not only is this ad missing the party of Deval Patrick and Tim Murray it’s missing Deval Patrick!

This is where the Democrats are in Massachusetts. Their candidate for governor is so unpopular that the Lt. Gov is featured in ads instead of him. If Tim Cahill wasn’t running as an independent Patrick would have no prayer against Charlie Baker.

Memeorandum thread here