The fundamental dynamic of the race fell in place months ago, when
Brown set off in a pickup truck for the only campaign the Republican
could afford: retail, door-to-door. The campaign was so strapped for
cash that aides described the $40,000 spent in the primary as a major
hit. Brown could not afford to mail out absentee ballots,
often so crucial in a close race. "So our program consists of e-mail
and Facebook and Twitter," said Eric Fehrnstrom, a campaign official.
In mid-December, the National Republican Senatorial Committee conducted
a poll that showed Brown trailing by only 13 points, but it kept the
results to itself. Coakley continued operating on the assumption that
for all intents and purposes she had won the seat with the Dec. 8
primary, a common assumption in the state known as the bluest of the
Could be I'm reading into this stuff that validates my own impression of the Rockefeller-winged GOP leadership, but, wtf?