How does Blunt look to Bay Staters: On Wednesday, we noted the fact that Elizabeth Warren has fallen behind in a series of Massachusetts polls.
That doesn’t mean that she won’t beat Scott Brown. We have no idea what will happen.
But in yesterday’s Salon, Patrick Tracey discussed Brown’s recent ascent. At one point, he even discussed the way Brown’s vote for the Blunt amendment looks to Bay State voters.
We don’t know if Tracey is right. But he’s the author of Stalking Irish Madness: Searching for the Roots of My Family's Schizophrenia.
When such people speak, we sit up listen! Here’s what Tracey says:
TRACEY (3/8/12): Brown has sided with Big Oil consistently and supported an effort by fellow Republicans to ban the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases linked to global warming. Most egregiously, he stood squarely with the Senate GOP on contraception, co-sponsoring the narrowly defeated Blunt Amendment that would have permitted employers and insurers to restrict access to birth control.Is Tracey right? We have no idea. But some liberals simply assumed that the Blunt amendment would be a millstone around Brown’s neck. After all, it seemed absurd to us.
Yet this proved to be a safe gamble in Massachusetts with its large number of Roman Catholics who use birth control faithfully. Even if most parishioners who make it to the pews each Sunday believe insurers should offer contraception in their employee healthcare benefits package, they don’t mind if their senator takes the same stand that’s preached from the pulpit. That issue, stalking Romney through the primaries, has not hurt Brown much, even after Brown was roundly condemned by the Kennedy clan for misrepresenting his predecessor’s position on contraception.
Alas! For better or worse, Massachusetts voters may not be the way we imagine.
We grew up in Massachusetts, some time ago. We’ll guess Tracey could be right.