Did you know that, right now, the biggest grassroots operation in Massachusetts history – bigger than Deval Patrick, bigger than Elizabeth Warren – is kicking into gear?
But I read it on the interwebs, so it must be true. This, from The Hill:
[US Senate candidate Ed Markey's] spokeswoman, Giselle Barry, indicated the campaign is building a grassroots following bigger than the one that boosted [Elizabeth] Warren to a win.
“Rep. Markey is building the strongest grassroots campaign Massachusetts has ever seen. Already, we have support from the environmental community, small businesses and many others who work every day with the people whose issues matter most in this race,” she said in an email.
Huh. See, if Markey really were putting together the biggest grassroots campaign in MA history, you’d think that actual grassroots people who want to help would have a clue how to get involved. You’d think that the easiest way of communicating at least basic information to a lot of grassroots types – a website – would be up and running. Heck, you’d think that grassroots people who went to the trouble of signing up for emails from said website might have received, you know, an email.
And yet, none of that has come to pass. So if Markey is indeed rolling out the biggest grassroots operation in MA history, he is doing it on the QT. As of now, his campaign is so quiet that nobody can hear it. Endorsements from a couple of interest groups and a bunch of elected officials are all great, but they do not – repeat, do not – constitute a grassroots campaign.
Yes, yes, I know. Kerry is not confirmed as Secretary of State yet, so technically the seat is not yet open. Well, he will be confirmed tomorrow, and maybe tomorrow everything will change. Maybe we really will experience the “strongest grassroots campaign Massachusetts has ever seen” … starting tomorrow.
Tomorrow, like the song says: you’re always a day away.