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     Barney Frank has had to loan his campaign $200K. His opponent has closed the gap in the polls, and Charlie Cook is now calling the race between Frank and Sean Bielat “leaning Democrat” instead of solidly Democrat. So the colorful Congressman has had to go into combat-mode:

Rep. Barney Frank (D.-Mass.) is so freaked out over his boyfriend’s behavior and his own election troubles that he’s attempting to be nice to people, according to a columnist at the very liberal Boston Globe.

When Frank’s boyfriend Jim Ready was caught on tape heckling Frank’s Republican challenger Sean Bielat, Globe columnist Brian McGrory reports he phoned the liberal icon to ask if he condoned Ready’s behavior. (h/t Ace of Spades)

From the Globe report:

When I called Frank yesterday to ask if he condones his partner goading and mocking an opponent, he told me that “Jimmy’’ is a talented amateur photographer putting together a photo essay of the campaign.

When I asked if Frank planned to apologize for Ready’s behavior, Frank said: “Jim should have broken it off and not responded. But Bielat shouldn’t have initiated the conversation. I don’t see what was inappropriate about taking his picture.’’

I’ll mark that down as a no.

A few moments later, my phone rang again. It was Frank, adding, “Jim’s new to political campaigning. He takes it more personally than someone who’s used to it.”

After we hung up, Frank called again, saying, “You know, he calls me dude. I didn’t realize that was troubling people. He calls all sorts of people dude.”

There’s a larger point to all of this. For the last three decades, the political establishments in Boston and Washington have excused Frank’s consistently obnoxious behavior as Barney being Barney. Maybe they’ve done it because he was unique as an openly gay congressman. Maybe it was out of deference for the way he unapologetically and effectively carried the flag for the most liberal of causes. Maybe it was out of fear that he’d train his quick wit and substantial intellect against anyone who happened in his path.

What a difference a year makes.

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So, we knew the Globe had its problems, but today we’re really confused. As of 12:45pm today, January 19, 2010, a Globe infographic (pictured above, in case they fix it) has Martha Coakley winning with 50% of the vote and “100% reporting” as of “3:48 pm” (elsewhere known as “12:36 am”). Additionally, more than half of Massachusetts’ approximately 4 million registered voters have already turned out to vote—and had their votes recorded—by 12:45 slash 3:48 pm. That’d be impressive turnout for an entire day of voting. Can you spot additional errors? Our heads are imploding over here. Is the Globe rigging this election? (Note: we’re not seriously suggesting this would happen.) Did somebody hack its data feeds? Are we dreaming? WHAT IS GOING ON?

In case you can’t see the insanity, we’ve helpfully added some pointers in the second image.

Update, 12:55pm: The Phoenix also noticed this, though the Globe appears to have removed the infographic now.

Update, 1:20pm: Now everything is at 0%. Did nobody vote today? Did the Globe’s data/apps all go kaput? Not a great day for this to happen.

Update, 2:00pm: Not only did this map explode, Scott Brown supporters used the pollwatcher feature to talk about nuts. Did the Globe not realize today was going to require a little preparation and moderation? (Poor Abington.)

Update, 2:22pm: The Herald has an explanation: “It was a test on a tool and it meant nothing. I don’t know how these things happen,” said the executive assistant to the editor of

     This is not what one would expect from the senior Senator from the State of New York, relaying the pleas of Vicki Kennedy, the widow of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, as she pushes to make sure that Martha Coakley wins the vacant US Senate seat in Massachusetts:

Sen. Chuck Schumer sent out a plea from Ted Kennedy’s widow today with this charming introduction:

I got the message below from Ted Kennedy’s widow, Vicki, and I wanted to make sure you saw it.

Martha Coakley is running to fill the rest of Ted Kennedy’s term, and her opponent is a far-right tea-bagger Republican.

It would be bad enough to lose this seat — and Democrats’ sixtieth vote in the Senate — right before the final health care reform vote. But it would be even worse for the decisive “no” vote to come from Ted Kennedy’s old seat.

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Or. maybe this is exactly what we would expect from the likes of Schumer!!

In other Bay State US Senate seat news, while rival Boston Herald has endorsed the Republican candidate Scott Brown, the Boston Globe, a part of the New York Times family, has endorsed the Democratic strategy to keep Brown from being seated until after the vote on ObamaCare, should he be successful in next Tuesday’s election. The State and the Senate have both said that neither candidate would be seated untl after January 29th, the fast unravelling of the ObamaCare package might require Harry Reid to “eat his words” and allow Coakley to be seated earlier, she she be the victor. Either way, there will be an uproar, particularly if the race is close enough fpr either candidate to reqire a recount. Of course, Kennedy’s former Cief of Staff, Paul Kirk, remains in the seat until then:

Meanwhile, the Boston Globe ends the suspense and…endorses Coakley, according to Twitter rumor.And, speculation about whether Democrats would delay Scott Brown’s seating if he were to win gets more fuel from this AP report:

Massachusetts’s top election official says it could take weeks to certify the results of the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. That delay could let President Barack Obama preserve a key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if the Republican who has vowed to kill it wins Democrat Edward M. Kennedy’s former seat.Secretary of State William F. Galvin, citing state law, says city and town clerks must wait at least 10 days for absentee ballots to arrive before they certify the results of the Jan. 19 election. They then have five more days to file the returns with his office.

Galvin bypassed the provision in 2007 so his fellow Democrats could gain a House vote they needed to override a veto of then-Republican President George W. Bush, but the secretary says U.S. Senate rules would preclude a similar rush today.

      The Election Day for “The People’s Seat” in the Senate , to replace the late Ted Kennedy, is just a week away. Yesterday, in a Money “bomb” camapign, Brown raised $1.3 million in 24 hours.

     Martha Coakley today, in a phone converstaion with the DNC, acknowledged that Brown’s “burst” from behind was “frightening”. But it did not startle her enough to stay in Massachusetts today campaigning. Instead, the Massachusetts Attorney General jetted off to the District of Columbia for a fundraiser sponsored by the Massachusetts’ Democrat Delegation, led by Sen. John Kerry and Rep. Barney Frank. Ms. Coakley refused to discuss who else would be in attendance this evening, but it has been made known that the K Street lobbyists will be out in full force, including the insurance and pharmaceutical interests.

     At the same time, Scott Brown is wooing the people who will send him to represent them in DC. Brown has met with his campaign offices, he is meeting with the people in the street, making sure that he covers every step necessary to make sure that he is the next Senator from Massachusetts. Rasmussen’s latest poll has Coakley over Brown, by only 1 point, closer than the 9 point spread Rasmussen polled a week ago.

      There is a GREAT CHANCE that Scott Brown can pull off this upset. It is perfectly clear that he can “talk the talk”….. the true test will be as to whether he will be able to “walk the walk”!!

UPDATE: Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Olympia Snowe– are you watching this carefully?

    The scene is set, and it is reminiscent of the Revolutionary War. If you’ve been to Massachusetts, you’ve most likely been to the Old North Bridge in Concord. Like the Minutemen, Scott Brown is poised on that bridge, ready to fire the “shot heard round the world!!”

    From Enter Stage Right:   

Think about it. State Senator Scott Brown, a Republican, elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts, a state that is perceived to be the most liberal state in the nation. Imagine, Scott Brown, elected to a seat that has been held by either a Kennedy or by a Kennedy surrogate for over a half a century. Contemplate, if you will, what this would mean to the big spending liberal establishment in Washington led by Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed. Scott Brown is the Minuteman standing at the Old North Bridge in Concord about to fire the shot heard around the world.

To the shock and dismay of the Massachusetts liberal establishment, Scott Brown is running as the rightful heir of the Kennedy Legacy. Not the legacy of the big spending liberal Senator Ted Kennedy, but rather the legacy of the conservative President John F. Kennedy the man who was the conservative in the race against Richard Nixon in 1960. As President, JFK signed into law the biggest tax cut in American history, a tax cut that led to the prosperity of the 1960’s and 1970’s. Scott Brown has been running a brilliant and indeed a game changing TV commercial showing a TV speech in which JFK unveils his tax cut by explaining the economic benefits of cutting taxes. The commercial than blends into the image of Scott Brown today, handsome and charismatic, stating in simple terms his intent to continue with those tax cutting policies if the voters of Massachusetts send him to Washington.

If Scott Brown is elected to the U.S. Senate, less than two weeks from now, Washington will experience a political earthquake the likes of which has not been felt in decades.

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     Playing politics in 2004, the Massachusetts legislature changed the Senate succession laws to insure that Republican Governor Mitt Romney would NOT be able to appoint a replacement to the Senate if Sen. John Kerry had won the Presidency. Now, a mere 5 years later, their actions may come back to haunt them, as the ailing “Lion of the Senate” battles brain cancer.

    With a Democratic Governor on Beacon Hill, the Democrats in Massachusetts are being urged by the Senator to reverse the law, under the guise that with ObamaCare legislation looming, Massachusetts MUST have two Senators on the Senate floor. The law as it is now provides that the Governor must call for a special election within 5 months of a vacancy, and the Senator does not want to see the “supermajority” of the Senate potentially alterred by the election of a Republican Senator. Allowing Gov. Deval to make an appointment would assure that the Democrats maintain their 60 member status.

      This is a pure case of legislating out of party politics instead of the “welfare of the people”.

      Senator Kennedy’s suggestion was sent in a letter to the Governor, as well as the leaders of both houses of the Massachusetts legislature. It is fair to note that when Sen. Kerry’s name was being bantered about as a possible Secretary of State, the Senate President was adamant that the law remain unchanged, and amid the recent public outcry in Tea Parties and Townhall meetings, spokespeople for both leaders have said that they would not likely back any change in the law, not wanting to deal with the backlash.

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ANOTHER PHONY OBAMACARE DOCTOR– Is Really a Far Left Nut …Update: She’s a Realtor- Never Practiced Medicine …Update: Realtor’s License Expired

Sheila Leavitt is not a real life doctor– but she does play one at town hall meetings…
When she’s not filling up her car with grease.
Buck’s Right found another phony protest doctor.

I’m having trouble finding evidence that an ObamaCare supporter who spoke at Barney Frank’s town hall meeting last night, identified by the Associated Press and other media outlets as a Newton, MA doctor, actually is a doctor.

Here’s what the Associated Press had to say.

Others at Tuesday’s meeting were more supportive of reform.

Dr. Sheila Leavitt, a physician from Newton, said she hoped for changes that would support primary care physicians who aren’t paid as much as specialists. She said some of the rowdy critics at Tuesday’s meeting appeared to be using the same “talking points” as those who showed up at similar meetings around the country.

(This version CORRECTS Corrects spelling of ‘Leavitt’ sted “Levitt’ in last graf.)

She’s really a local REALTOR, maybe!!??

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Poll: Americans want moderate judge as next justice

Posted by Foon Rhee, deputy national political editor May 18, 2009 06:43 PM

While advocacy groups are pushing President Obama to seek diversity in his Supreme Court pick, a survey out this afternoon suggests that Americans care much more about legal experience.

Obama, who is to nominate a replacement for David Souter, is expected to pick a woman, perhaps the high court’s first Hispanic, and has talked himself about wanting someone with real-life experience. All current nine justices are former federal appeals court judges.

In the CNN/Opinion Research Corp. poll, however, majorities said it is “not important at all” that Obama nominate a woman, an African American, or a Hispanic. A plurality, 32 percent, said it’s not important for the nominee to have experience in elected office.

But 67 percent of respondents said it’s important that the nominee has experience as a judge.

In terms of political ideology, 37 percent said they believed Obama should nominate a moderate, while 27 percent said someone who was very or somewhat liberal, and 35 percent said a nominee who was very or somewhat conservative. Also, 68 percent said they do not want to see the Supreme Court overturn Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that established the right to abortions in the first three months of pregnancy.

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     Without an explanation, the United States Supreme Court has declined to hear the first of what will inevitably be NUMEROUS challenges to the eligibilty of President-Elect Barack Hussein Obama II to serve as the President of the United States.

     The Court declined to issue an emergency stay on the Electoral College votes, scheduled for December 15th, as requested by Leo Donofrio in his challenge to Obama’s citizenship. Donofrio acknowledges that Obama was allegedly born in Hawaii, but that his Kenyan and British citizenship precludes him from being considered a “natural born” citizen.

     The case filed by Philip Berg, a Pennsylvania attorney, which alleges that (a) Obama was born elsewhere, such as Kenya, and/or (b) his Indonesian citizenship as a child of Lolo Soetoro, making him ineligible to be President, will have his case considered some day this week or next. Additionally, there are at least 16 other challenges at the state and federal court levels nationwide, including the case filed to stop the California Secretary of State from certifying the election and the Electors by Alan Keyes.

     Despite being referred to as nutcases, right-fringe, and delusional, there are still many who believe that Obama could settle this matter very quickly, so that it does not fester as a cloud over his administration. While I would prefer that he not serve as our President, I do want our next President to be able to work on our Nation’s problems without being plagued by issues that cast doubt over his capacity and eligibility.

     In a twist of irony, all the mainstream media that either refused to report anything on the birth certificate issue, or buried it in the body of the news, are reporting the Supreme Court’s denial of the Donofrio case like a wildfire: The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe!!