Political Animal


November 06, 2012 2:12 PM Early Good News for Liz Warren

By Simon van Zuylen-Wood

Here’s a reminder of just how tough it’ll be for Scott Brown to win tonight in Massachusetts. In the January 2010 special election that catapulted him to the Senate, a total of 164,312 ballots were cast in Boston. By noon today, according to the Boston Phoenix’s David Bernstein, 103,369 people had already voted in Beantown. In a high-turnout presidential election year, Democrats’ 3:1 advantage in voter registration (Roughly 1.5 million to 500k) is only going to be more pronounced.

Though Bay State Republicans often tout their credentials (or their state’s “independence”) by pointing to Mass’s habit of electing GOP governors, it should be noted that the state chooses its governors in off-election years. There’s no telling if William Weld (1990, 1994), Paul Cellucci (1998) and Mitt Romney (2002) would have been elected if presidential elections had been occuring. (The 2008 presidential election turned out about a million more voters than the 2010 gubernatorial race.) Scott Brown, who benefited from an off-year election held in January, is likely to become a victim of blue-state reality tonight. Warren has also been pulling away in the polls, as of late.

Simon van Zuylen-Wood is a writer for Philadelphia Magazine.


  • TCinLA on November 06, 2012 2:28 PM:

    That proves Democrats need to learn to vote like Republicans - EVERY DAMN ELECTION! They didn't win in 2010 because they magically found new voters, they won because DEMOCRATS DIDN'T VOTE. You have to be at least as committed as you enemy is if you want to build a movement that can defeat them. Just remember what Clausewitz said: war is politics by other means. Well, politics is war by other means, too. If you don't think we're in a war with these Confederates, then you haven't been paying attention.

  • Steven Rumbalski on November 06, 2012 2:38 PM:

    "Liz" Warren? Is that what the cool kids are calling her? Is this some sort of insider-speak?

    P.S. I'm glad she is doing well.

  • howard on November 06, 2012 2:47 PM:

    it's not the "boston phoenix" anymore, just the "phoenix" nowadays (sadly enough).

    tcinla: of course you're right, but let's also remember how difficult we make it for people - especially working people - to vote. if we really cared as a country - and of course, we don't, because one of our major political parties is actively in the vote suppression game - we would either make all elections vote-by-mail or we would shift the voting day to a weekend.

  • FriscoSF on November 06, 2012 3:12 PM:

    I think you just made the case for moving Gubanatorial elections to Presidential years

    You always want to maximize voter participation

  • Chuck on Piggott on November 06, 2012 4:08 PM:

    Hey, you could live in Virginia. We elect our governor and legislature next year. We have a general election every damn year.
    You can never get away from it.