Like, er, this one.
Democrat Ed Markey has defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez for the right to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Senate for the next 18 months or so. My affluent little town, which is a couple of towns over from where Gomez lives, went 55-45 for Gomez, but turnout in the high school gym wasn’t that great:
This was like a TV show that has lasted a season too long, and the replacement actors just don’t have the sizzle of the people they replaced: Markey came across as a standard-issue Democrat who has been in Washington too long, and Gomez came across as a standard rich Massachusetts Republican who has nothing to offer but vague promises about bridging the partisan divide.
Also, the Bruins lost, so who cares? We’ll have to do this again next year, when John Kerry’s term is up, and maybe the Republicans will find a better candidate. Maybe Scott Brown will have had enough of making easy money as a lobbyist and Fox News commentator. Markey should be vulnerable, but other than Brown, Massachusetts Republicans don’t have much to offer.
Maybe the governor’s race will have a murder mystery.