Confirming shifting momentum in the Massachusetts Senate race, a just-released WHDH-7 / Suffolk University survey has Republican State Senator Scott Brown four points ahead of embattled / surprisingly thuggish Attorney General Martha Coakley.

It’s the first poll to show Brown with a decent lead over Coakley, though others have shown him ahead by as much as a single point.

The data is fascinating: while Obama remains somewhat popular, Deval Patrick and Sarah Palin are relatively unpopular and Mitt Romney still polls surprisingly well. Despite Coakley’s barrage of negative ads, Scott Brown’s net favorability rating is exceptionally high. It’s fair to ask whether her hit pieces have actually backfired.

Those polled also believe Brown won the debates.

Also to be reported in Friday’s Boston Herald, Coakley’s official Kennedy nod has apparently chased support away as what’s left of the family becomes increasingly disliked here in the Bay State.

Finally, not to be missed is award-winning Wall Street Journal investigative journalist Dorothy Rabinowitz’s new piece on Martha’s disgusting and downright cruel track record as a prosecutor.


Powerful Conservative Women Bring Out The Worst In Margery

While she defiantly backs lackluster Democratic opportunist Martha Coakley for the open US Senate seat, WTKK’s Margery Eagan used her Herald column yesterday to point fingers elsewhere, seemingly unaware of how America perceives Bay State moonbats.

What is it about powerful conservative women that has Margery in cat-fighting mode?

From the piece:

A little nutty or totally wacked?

Totally wacked, for my money.

But this is the question some Republicans still ponder about the two most “hated” women in the country, as Fox superstar Sean Hannity lovingly calls them.

The first: probable GOP presidential contender Sarah Palin, whose 13-week “Going Rogue” tour starts tomorrow on Oprah.

The second: rising-star Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, relegated to wacko world last year after numerous bizarre moments (some detailed below). Last week she came roaring back as her anti-Obamacare rallies drew thousands to Washington, and they practically ignored GOP big shots John “tan-a-rama” Boehner and Eric Cantor to chant, enthralled, “We want Michele!”

Here, she squeezes one last drop of Outrage (!!!) out of the footage editing mistake made by Hannity’s producer (without mentioning outright dishonesty by his MSNBC competitors):

A quickly rehabilitated Bachmann now averages a major TV appearance every nine days. Conservative superstars Newt Gingrich, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and all of the Fox News network, in fact, pushed her anti-Obamacare rallies.

Hannity did apologize after Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart caught him using pictures of Bachmann’s rally that in fact were pictures of last September’s much bigger “Tea Party” rallies. And Bachmann apologized for ralliers carrying Holocaust skeletal body posters. Then there are her own freaked-out constituents. “When your captain is crazy it’s time to jump ship,” declared Dennis Coleman of Oak Park Heights in a letter to his local paper. Bachmann’s Tea Party set, he went on, is “not in touch with the mother ship.”

As long as Margery truly believes do-nothing Martha Coakley should be handed a US Senate seat for doing absolutely nothing, her credibility regarding other women in politics will remain low.

In Defending Corruption, The Felon Shows Defiance

Convicted felon Tom Finneran’s morning show trainwreck was written off by nearly everyone so long ago that it’s easy to forget the program is still on the air. It’s boring and he’s awful.

But one subject can sure get the former Democratic House Speaker worked up: any suggestion that his friends on Beacon Hill are corrupt and working to hurt Massachusetts taxpayers.

Indictments? Cash stuffed into undergarments? Sales taxes going up without any real public input or debate? None of this bothers The Felon.

In fact, the idea that ANYONE might oppose his crooked partisan buddies in the legislature infuriates Finneran, to the point of losing control on the airwaves. We’ve seen it before, now, here it is again, according to the Boston Herald:

The heated banter over ex-House Speaker Sal DiMasi’s legal woes was apparently too much for WRKO radio host Tom Finneran, who blurted “bull(expletive)” while on the air the other morning.

Finneran – an ex-House speaker himself who pleaded guilty to a federal charge of obstruction of justice – lost his temper Wednesday at about 6:35 a.m when his producer began playing banjo music as he went on and on about DiMasi.

“Take your banjo and shove it up your ass, Cooksey,” Finneran fumed at his producer, Bill Cooksey, according to audio of the show, which was heard over the terrestrial airwaves. “I’m going to shove it down your throat next.”

“Why are you so defensive and sensitive about this?” laughed his co-host, Todd Feinburg.

“This is bull(expletive) – what’s going on,” Finneran said. “You’re playing dumb, and Cooksey’s being a wiseass.”

The Federal Communications Commission can fine on-air users of offensive language up to $325,000.

In defending brazen, arrogant political corruption, The Felon is fighting the loneliest battle in the world. It’s as though he’s determined to destroy Massachusetts for all eternity and doesn’t want anyone in the way.

WHY is this nutcase still behind a microphone? With his latest profane outburst on the air, Entercom should have cause to tear up his contract. That kind of language could trigger large fines and place WRKO’s license in jeopardy.

Finneran image: John Wilcox – Boston Herald library picture

Even Margery Gets It: It’s Time To Revolt

Clearly, Massachusetts Corruptocrats have learned nothing from California’s overwhelming rejection of tax-and-spend initiatives Tuesday. The attempt by Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Democratic-controlled legislature to shove this bloated excess down their throats failed uniformly across the state.

As the Golden State’s results and impact is felt across the country, this tidbit from the San Francisco Chronicle’s analysis stands out:

Focus groups run by the “yes” campaigns were so uniformly negative that consultants thought there was a problem with the groups.

“We moved to different cities and tried different questions, but we got to the same place with every group,” said Gale Kaufman, a consultant for education groups supporting the ballot measures. “People sent a very simple message: ‘It’s not our job.’ ”

Even before the election, focus groups were sending a clear message to Sacramento: after a wild spending spree, you created this mess. Now that it has become unmanageable, you want us to fix it?

In the Bay State, the key difference is that politicians aren’t inclined to place anything on the ballot when they can simply sneak in big tax hikes during a late-night session.

But the public anger is the same: anyone assuming Massachusetts taxpayers are going to roll over and play dead (like they usually do) may be proven wrong this time.

In today’s Herald, even WTKK’s Margery Eagan gets it, to the point where she’s quoting Howie Carr in her column. An excerpt:

The Tax Stealers – aka, our legislators – just did again what they do best: Tell us taxpayers to drop dead.

And we taxpayers just did what we do best: play dead.

Reform before revenue! That’s been Senate President Terry Murray’s mantra.

Guess that’s gone by the boards.

Several dutiful taxpayers told me yesterday they’re doing all they can to fight back: e-mailing and calling to harass The Stealers.

Either The Stealers ask for lots of personal information before responding, or they don’t respond. Or they send a form letter answering nothing. Or they do call back, and lie.

But there are signs that taxpayers are ready for all-out revolt. From Hillary Chabot in today’s Herald:

Outraged small businesses and tax watchdogs promised yesterday they’ll be heard on the hikes, be it at a rally planned for the State House steps today or at the voting booth in November.

“It’s completely out of control,” said Barbara Anderson, executive director of Citizens for Limited Taxation. “The only thing they care about is not getting re-elected. We have to throw them out.”

Corie Whalen, who organized the conservative anti-tax Tea Party in Boston last month, invited anti-tax citizens to gather at the State House starting at 11 a.m. today.

“They’re misleading people when they act like necessary cuts have to be made when they haven’t worked to clear up real waste,” Whalen said.

Jeff Golden, a buyer at Downtown Wine & Spirits in Somerville, said the vote to remove the sales tax exemption from liquor at package stores means many smaller shops would close their doors.

“It’s frustrating for a smaller place. We’re operating on the margins already,” said Golden. “We’re going to have a hard time convincing people to come here when they can get it for less in New Hampshire.”

In the end, it’s not enough to simply write columns about unfair tax increases. How about using that microphone? It’s right there in front of you.

First task: removing Therese Murray from office.

Time to raise some hell.

Arnold image: KCBS

Resisting The Body-Snatchers

Inside any American mainstream media outlet today, the internal pressure to conform to the Obamist Overload is clearly enormous. For many newspapers and Barack’s over-the-top cheerleaders at NBC, newsrooms are already so far to the left that good news judgment is now a distant memory.

To see just one of thousands of examples from recent days, take a look at Friday’s Providence Journal, which features a gaggy fluff piece on a furniture purchase by the Obamas.

But those who have the courage to stand up to this wild (and frankly divisive) excess will quickly experience a newfound appreciation from grateful readers, viewers and listeners. Certain conservative talk show hosts have already recognized the need to fight back, but we are also lucky enough to have a newspaper willing to balance its coverage as well.

In recent days, the Boston Herald has carried at least two catty anti-Palin columns and today offers a sappy love-letter to Barack written (shockingly) by one of his Harvard buddies.

But it was also willing to consider that many here at home are feeling overwhelmed by the nonstop reminders of Obama’s supposed (yet unproven) greatness. Friday’s front cover provides a rare example of fairness. In an environment where the mainstream media believes it can compel us to love him, it’s a refreshing approach.

Another welcome perspective comes from conservative talk icon Rush Limbaugh, who on Friday refused to cave into the silly notion that all Americans “want Obama to succeed”. Keeping the country safe is one thing, expecting single-party rule with no political opposition is another.

From his show:

I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance.” Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work.

So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.

Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated? Why do we have to play the game by their rules? Why do we have to accept the premise here that because of the historical nature of his presidency, that we want him to succeed?

With the Obamists poised to assume power, his media supporters have now shifted their focus back to hyping “threats” against their Messiah by bitter, gun-clinging whiteys. See coverage here, here, here, and here.

For those of you not yet grabbed by the body-snatchers, now is no time to get sucked into to this absurd excess.

And finally, for the remaining respectable media types reading this, here’s a tip: it might be worth your while to check out local and state offices on Tuesday. Apparently, some workers may be planning to take a fun-filled four-day weekend culminating in local Obamist celebrations on Tuesday.

Nice work if you can get it!

Reese Just Doesn’t Get It

In today’s Herald, Reese Hopkins proves he truly doesn’t have a grasp of what it takes to make it in New England radio:

NEW YORK РA “humiliated” Reese Hopkins, speaking to the Herald in a Manhattan courtroom last night moments before being arraigned on charges he raped an 11-year-old girl, said his career in radio is over.

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“No one in radio will touch me again, even if I’m found innocent,” said the ex-WRKO radio host.

“Maybe I’ll go back to work in the tile company. The kids got to eat. I wasn’t in it for the fame. I was in it because I loved it,” said Hopkins, who has a son and two stepchildren.

Reese, you fool!
Don’t you realize you’re now worth ten times more to them?

In fact, if you do manage to make bail at some point, it might be a good idea to commit a few crimes on the side, that will beef up your résumé quite a bit.

In the eyes of those who currently run Boston’s radio stations, the more criminal activity, dishonesty and underhanded antics, the better. You’ll be back on the air much sooner than you ever could have imagined.

One question, however: if you enjoyed the work so much, then why did you show up for work drunk as a skunk on an almost daily basis? Staffers could smell the booze on you from ten feet away.

Mike Adaskaveg, Boston Herald