We appreciate the many responses for the haiku contest. I didn’t realize beforehand how hard it would be to cut the list down to just a handful. We received about 55 entries and there were many good ones. I raised the total number of finalists from 7 to 10 (it was easier than cutting.) All finalists will automatically receive a free MITT ’12 chrome sticker. The top three will receive free merchandise from the MRC store, the top prize being $50 of free Mitt stuff. It was originally $30 but was raised to $50 by a typo (thanks Aaron). Second place will get $20, and third will get $15.
Here are the 10 finalists. Vote for them in the poll below. You may select up to three haikus in the poll, each will receive one point.
#1 by Cheryl D.
I’m looking for hope
all under the reign of change
Let freedom ring now
#2 by Catherine V.
America needs -
this new strength and attitude. -
Red White Blue and Brown.
#3 by Joe S.
Great Scott! Help! Coakley!
A shrill, boilerplate lib voice
Painful, like Zappa
#4 by Bill S.
Forty gets no say
Get one more for people’s way
United for Brown
#5 by Eric N.
Elect Mr Brown
Congress has gone way too far
cannot be Scott free
#6 by John N.
Fate and Victory
Lay before the people now
We must vote Scott Brown
#7 Elizabeth F.
Tea Partiers Marched
Liberals Blew Us Off
Who’s Laughing Now?
#8 by Sean S.
It’s the people’s seat.
It’s not the Democrats’ seat.
Vote Scott Brown next week.
#9 by Jason
Begins With This Senate Race
Brown Saves Republic
#10 by Jeff P.
Its OUR seat to give.
America has no kings.
Dems will learn or else.
Voting will close Monday morning and winners will be announce later that day. Good luck!
P.S. If you have any free time this weekend, please make some calls from home for Scott Go Scott Brown!
UPDATE: The voting is now closed and the winning Haikus have been chosen! Congratulations to the winners: Jason (1st Place), Elizabeth (2nd Place), and Bill (3rd Place). All participants will be contacted within the next few days to receive their prizes. Thanks again to you poets out there …let’s get the vote out for Brown tomorrow!
Rasmussen just released new polling results for the Brown vs Coakley Senate Race in Massachusetts. Without further delay, copied directly from RasmussenReports.com, here are the results:
Tuesday, January 12, 2022
The Massachusetts’ special U.S. Senate election has gotten tighter, but the general dynamics remain the same. A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in the state finds Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley attracting 49% of the vote while her Republican rival, state Senator Scott Brown, picks up 47%. Three percent (3%) say they’ll vote for independent candidate Joe Kennedy, and two percent (2%) are undecided. The independent is no relation to the late Edward M. Kennedy, whose Senate seat the candidates are battling to fill in next Tuesday’s election. Coakley is supported by 77% of Democrats while Brown picks up the vote from 88% of Republicans. Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Brown leads 71% to 23%. To be clear, this lead is among unaffiliated voters who are likely to participate in the special election.
A week ago, the overall results showed Coakley leading by a 50% to 41% margin. The closeness of the race in heavily Democratic Massachusetts has drawn increasing national interest, and Brown made it clear in the final candidate debate last night that a vote for him is a vote to stop the national health care plan Democrats are pushing in Congress.
The results of this poll are not precisely comparable with last week’s results because this poll includes the independent candidate by name while the previous poll simply offered the choice of “some other candidate.” Additionally, the latest poll results include “leaners.” Leaners are those who don’t initially have a preference for one of the major candidates but indicate that they are leaning in that direction. Without “leaners,” Brown was actually ahead by a single percentage point.
Although the top line results are now a bit tighter, the new polling is consistent with the analysis provided yesterday by Scott Rasmussen. All recent polls place Coakley right around the 50% mark and support for opposition candidates above 40%. Turnout will be the key, and Brown’s voters appear to be more energized.
All polling indicates that a lower turnout is better for the Republican. The new Rasmussen Reports poll shows that Brown is ahead by two percentage points among those who are absolutely certain they will vote. A week ago, he trailed by two among those certain to vote.
To overcome the enthusiasm gap and help generate a larger turnout, national Democrats are getting involved in the race. The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is reportedly spending more than half a million dollars in the final days of a campaign that Coakley has long been the heavy favorite to win. Senator John Kerry in an emergency fundraising letter for Coakley today says the race is “a dead heat,” and he and former President Bill Clinton plan to campaign in the state on Friday.
Tired of reading yet? Keep going, its interesting.
Brown raised over a million dollars on Monday and appears to have narrowed the financial gap so far. Coakley has gone negative in the second television ad of her campaign, one that includes Brown in front of a picture of conservative radio commentator Rush Limbaugh. She also sought to link Brown to former President George W. Bush during the debate. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of likely voters in Massachusetts have a favorable opinion of Brown, and 58% say the same about Coakley. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of voters think Coakley will win the election, while 33% expect a victory for Brown. Coakley, who was elected attorney general in 2006, defeated several other candidates to win her party’s nomination in a December 8 primary. Brown, who has served in the State Senate since 2004, won the GOP primary the same day. Fifty-two percent (52%) favor the health care legislation before Congress, but 46% are opposed. Nationally, most voters oppose the proposed health care plan. Sixty-five percent (65%) of voters say the man who tried to blow up an airline on Christmas Day should be tried by the military as a terrorist act while 21% believe the case should be tried by civilian courts as a criminal act. Seventy-seven percent (77%) now favor the use of full-body scanners at airports. Forty-one percent (41%) believe the $787-billion economic stimulus plan passed by Congress last year helped the economy while 23% believe it hurt. That’s a much more positive assessment than the stimulus plan receives nationally.
However, even in Massachusetts, just 38% believe that increases in government spending generally help the economy. Forty-four percent (44%) say such spending generally has a negative impact. As for taxes, 56% believe that tax hikes are bad for the economy while 23% think they help. Thirty-seven percent (37%) of Massachusetts voters think that more jobs will be created by cancelling the rest of the stimulus spending while 44% think spending the money will create more jobs. Nationally, just over half believe that canceling the spending is the better tool for job creation. Fifty-seven percent (57%) of those likely to vote in this election still approve of the way that Barack Obama is doing his job as president. Just 40% approve of the way that Deval Patrick is handling his role as governor. The survey was conducted on Monday night, the night of a televised debate between the candidates.
Tell us what you think in the comment section of this post! Is this race too close to call? Who are YOU leaning towards? Let us know!
Electing Republican Scott Brown to be the next senator in Massachusetts would provide the 41st vote to throw a desperately needed wrench in the ObamaCare machine! Not only that, Brown’s success would send a crack-of-thunder message of things-to-come to liberals. Sean Hannity (FOX News) interviewed Brown yesterday (Jan 8th) to discuss the buzz on the January 19th senate race:
Scott Brown: “This race is about taxes, terrorism, and health care.”
During Mitt Romney’s interview yesterday with Greta VanSusteren (FOX News), he asked Americans to send $25 to help Brown. Go to www.brownforussenate.com to donate to Brown’s campaign and to make a few phone calls (from the comfort of your home) on his behalf. Instructions to connect to their online phone bank are on his site.
More sites for Scott Brown:
Tea Party Phone Brigade: http://brownbrigade.ning.com/group/teapartyphonebankbrownbrigade
Discussions re Brown/Coakley at Conservative Talk Forum
Update: Scott Brown swearing-in would be stalled to pass healthcare reform(The left-wing thuggery continues. Please read this entire article!)
Today, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election but did not respond to a call seeking comment, said certification of the Jan. 19 election by the Governor’s Council would take a while.“Because it’s a federal election,” spokesman Brian McNiff said. “We’d have to wait 10 days for absentee and military ballots to come in.”
Another source told the Herald that Galvin’s office has said the election won’t be certified until Feb. 20 - well after the president’s address.
Since the U.S. Senate doesn’t meet again in formal session until Jan. 20, Bay State voters will have made their decision before a vote on health-care reform could be held. But Kirk and Galvin’s office said today a victorious Brown would be left in limbo.
In contrast, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) was sworn in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 18, 2007, just two days after winning a special election to replace Martin Meehan. In that case, Tsongas made it to Capitol Hill in time to override a presidential veto of the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.
Yesterday, Brown, who has been closing the gap with Coakley in polls and fund raising, blasted the political double standard.
“This is a stunning admission by Paul Kirk and the Beacon Hill political machine,” said Brown in a statement. “Paul Kirk appears to be suggesting that he, Deval Patrick, and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid intend to stall the election certification until the health care bill is rammed through Congress, even if that means defying the will of the people of Massachusetts. As we’ve already seen from the backroom deals and kickbacks cut by the Democrats in Washington, they intend to do anything and everything to pass their controversial health care plan. But threatening to ignore the results of a free election and steal this Senate vote from the people of Massachusetts takes their schemes to a whole new level. Martha Coakley should immediately disavow this threat from one of her campaign’s leading supporters.”
A spokeswoman for Coakley’s campaign declined to comment today.
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Editor’s note: The on-going developments in the Brown/Coakley election are stunning. MoveOn.org is now involved, as well. The corruption from Washington snakes deep into the MA legislature. These are extraordinary times and I hope Massachusetts’ residents rise up to ensure their voices are heard and their election is certified fairly. Protesting enmasse in the streets (peacefully but LOUDLY) may be the only way to get the attention of their calculating politicians and conniving state officials.
Update 2: With the Brown/Coakley race garnering national attention, a leading conservative outside group, American Future Fund (AFF) has purchased a five-day statewide airing of a pro-Brown ad in MA. It focuses on Coakley’s penchant for increasing taxes. The $400,000 ad run is the first of several ads planned to air. Brown has been significantly outraised by his opponent.
From The New York Times - January 7, 2010
BOSTON — Martha M. Coakley, the Democrat running for Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s seat in Massachusetts, had seemed so certain of winning the special election on Jan. 19 that she barely campaigned last month.
But the dynamic has changed in recent days. The news that two senior Democratic senators will retire this year in the face of bleak re-election prospects has created anxiety and, even in this bluest of states, a sense that the balance of power has shifted dramatically from just a year ago.
With the holidays over and public attention refocused on the race, Ms. Coakley’s insistence on debating her Republican opponent, Scott P. Brown, only with a third-party candidate present has drawn mounting criticism.
And a new poll that showed a competitive race between Ms. Coakley and Mr. Brown has generated buzz on conservative blogs and energized the Brown campaign — though many news organizations dispute its methodology.