Ds are going to need more than stale talking points to challenge Senator Brown

“Dems can beat Scott Brown in ’12 – here’s how.”

That’s the title of a column in today’s Herald by Doug Rubin, former Deval Patrick political guru and Chief of Staff, current Beacon Hill lobbyist and Dem power broker (but not on gaming. honest. pinky swear.).

Step one, apparently, is to get a column in a prominent newspaper and start churning out talking points.

Despite the title, Rubin’s column isn’t so much a “here’s how” for would-be Brown antagonists as a counter-factual catalog of attacks the Ds would like to make against the Senator, if only stubborn reality would quit intruding.  Case in point, Rubin’s repeated assertion that Massachusetts “can’t count on” Brown, because his votes have been “all over the map.”

A Suffolk poll released earlier this month was the just the latest proof that Massachusetts voters aren’t buying Rubin’s line.  Brown is the most popular elected official in Massachusetts – surpassing even the President – largely because of those votes that Rubin would like to characterize as “all over the map.”  “More than half (55 percent) of Bay State voters said that Brown deserves to be reelected,” the poll found, “and 56 percent said they agreed that Brown has kept his promise to be an independent voice in the U.S. Senate.”

That’s a perception that the Democrats are going to have to change if they are to have any chance at all next year.  Obviously Rubin and the rest of the Beacon Hill Ds know that… READ THE REST at CriticalMASS

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