|3. Speaking of Social Moderates
The crosstabs of the WBUR poll showing Richard Tisei trailing John Tierney by 7 points contain warnings for outwardly socially liberal Republicans. It is difficult to win in Massachusetts by alienating your base.
Tisei underperforms Mitt Romney by 12 percentage points among Republicans. Romney gets 82% support of GOP members in this poll while Tisei only gets 70%. Conventional wisdom would say that because of his social liberalism Tisei would gain votes amongst the unenrolled and Democrats. But he doesn't. Tisei significantly underperforms Romney in both categories.
What is even more troubling at this point is that Tisei picks up no support when people are asked how they lean.
I want Richard to win, because he's a better choice than John Tierney. This data however should put to rest any notion that being socially liberal as a Republican is necessary for success in Massachusetts.
4. Rob Eno hits the rubber chicken circuit
Over the next week, I will be speaking at three Republcian and Conservative events. You can expect to hear me talk about what we need to do to win this year, and why our leaders need a clear vision of governance going into the 2014 election.
I will be speaking tomorrow morning at the Plymouth GOP Breakfast, $30, at the Plymouth Radisson.
I will be speaking on Sunday at 1PM. Yep against the Pats, in Mattapoisett.
I will also be speaking Wednesday evening for a whole half hour to the Merrimack Valley Tea Party.
5. Hit the doors or the phones this weekend.
Do you know your MassVictory coordinator? Are they like another sibling or child to you? If not you aren't working hard enough. Get yourself to a MassVictory office tomorrow and make calls.
Tomorrow afternoon I'll be joining my good friend Maggie Paulin in Plymouth to dial for votes. Then I'll be heading down to Barnstable to make some more calls.
Visit MassGOP.com to find out where to volunteer. We have less than two months to win this thing. The time to get off the couch is now.