I did it. I finally put down my laptop, got off my couch, and went to Scott Brown headquarters in Needham. I have never in my life been involved in politics (sure, I researched candidates, watched debates, voted, but I didn’t ever “get involved”), and I am not alone. At least five of the people I spoke to, and another who was arriving as I was leaving, were first-timers, not just to Scott Brown’s campaign but to any politician’s. Ever. All of us are motivated for the same reason: to take our country back.
Topics of conversation between phone calls for Brown were Martha’s dissing Fenway (one person noted that this is Massachusetts, we care more about Fenway than we do about the State House), Martha saying that Catholics had no place in the emergency room, rumors of BO’s coming here to stump for Martha (turns out this was confirmed while I was there and met with mixed reactions ranging from “Bring it!” to “he’ll get out the vote”), Curt Schilling, and Martha looking on as her goon shoved the photographer to the ground (this conversation also involved the lobbyists in Washington and how Martha has been paid to represent them and not us). I was not at all surprised that everyone I spoke with was upset about what is happening to our country.
I made quite a few phone calls (mostly got voicemail, but when I had a land line, I never answered those calls, either, so I can’t complain. You know, much.), and of the people I spoke with, only one was voting for Croakley, two were “undecided” (but sounded defiant, I’d put them in the Croakley column), and the rest were all enthusiastic about their support for Brown. Each of the latter assured me that their whole family was voting for Brown, and when I said that they should be sure to get their friends to the polls, they laughed, saying they would, and/or enthused that they are all voting for Brown, too.
Most telling of all, I thought, was the reaction to one of the scripted lines: “This election is very important to Massachusetts and to our country.” Here are some of the responses this evoked:
“Boy is it.”
“That’s an understatement.”
and (probably my favorite)
The simplicity of the “yes” and the grave way in which it was said gave me goosebumps.
This election is huge, and we all know it.