Received a Scott Brown mailer in the post today, piping hot and fresh from the Republican “He’s For Us. Not For You.” Rage Factory, and was struck by this:
“Unemployment stuck above 8 percent.”
In reality, of course, the national unemployment rate is 7.8 percent. I understand the mailer was printed somewhere back in time, but that is how Brown’s entire campaign is shaking out: an attempt to re-run the last election. Like the barn coat and truck, his pitch has a “been there, done that” feel that doesn’t match contemporary reality.
Brown’s decision to abandon Mr. Nice Guy to rally The 13 Percent — the Commonwealth’s registered Republicans — combined with his reliance on dated rhetoric is part of the reason he is dropping in the polls. You can fill in the rest of the reasons in the comments.