Forget the allusion to turkeys, but isn't it past time for endorsements by BMG readers — bloggers and everyone else? I finally popped up out of my own ballot box yesterday, so I put out the call.
A few of us have plugged our candidates. So far it has tended to be people working on the various campaigns. While I don't know that the picks here will predict the December 8th outcome, I'd love to read whom people are endorsing and why.
It may be little surprise to Marry in Massachusetts readers that I went for Mike Capuano. A few have asked by we at Left Ahead! have not made a pick though.
Over there, we rarely do. First, while the three of us are self-identified progressives, we differ on the air and otherwise on candidates and policy, while tending to head toward the same goals. Ryan and Lynne expect to endorse shortly and I wouldn't be surprised if one of them chose another candidate.Also, as a group, we keep some neutrality. We interview many candidates and tend to let them make their points so our listeners can decide for themselves.
In fact, in that vein, we have tried to get Martha Coakley to join us for a show. So far, she and her staff has ignored us. Capuano did come on and Alan Khazei is making noise about doing that, although he has little time left and has to be damned busy.
Like the Woody Allen line about 80% of success being showing up, we have had to go with second-hand info about the candidates other than Mike.
My full personal endorsement details my reasoning. For here though, I note that the most important factors are Mike is the only one with the experience, that in reality and not theory he has voted bravely and what I see as correctly, and that I have no reason to believe any of the other three Dems or two Republicans will magically blossom into a worthy Senator from the things they are and have done.
Apparently many think and feel otherwise. I'd love pointers to their endorsements if they blog. Otherwise, a statement here would make for good BMG conversation.
~Mike Ball, a.k.a. massmarrier