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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Scott Brown Winning The Online Battle

There is Scott Brown the Senate candidate in Massachusetts, and there is Scott Brown, the musician in New Zealand. They each have Twitter accounts, but the Scott Brown from Down Under laid claim to @ScottBrown first, and the Senate candidate had to resort to @ScottBrownMA.

As the Boston Globe reports, in the past few days, as @ScottBrownMA has gained momentum through bloggers and twitterers and other social media, @ScottBrown has been inundated with people seeking @ScottBrownMA.

Here is one of the tweets by @ScottBrown about the flood of contacts:

Despite, or maybe because of, Martha Coakley's high profile as Massachusetts Attorney General, there doesn't seem to be any grassroots enthusiasm for her campaign. Coakley has a sense of entitlement, but Brown is experiencing a groundswell of support.

Coakley's Twitter account (@MarthaCoakley) has 1915 followers compared to 2322 for @ScottBrownMA.

Brown's Facebook page has 8689 fans versus 6255 at Coakley's Facebook page. The BrownBrigade online network has 2517 members; I could find nothing similar for Coakley.

Clearly, despite lower name recognition, less money, and without the powerful union and entrenched political interests behind him, Scott Brown is gaining momentum the new-fashioned way. Will there be enough time to translate this momentum into votes?

Spread the word, by voice, e-mail, Tweet, Facebook, whatever.

There is a chance to stop the abominable health care bill on January 19, by electing Scott Brown.

Update: Prof. Reynolds asks how Brown is doing on donations. You can donate here, or wait for the January "moneybomb" (why wait?)

And, Martha Coakley's Secret Bank Account

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  1. Number of Twitter followers turned out to be a good proxy for election day success in my admittedly unscientific prospective analysis of last month's elections.

  2. Brown’s opponent Martha Coakley is a nightmare.
    Pro-abortion. As Mass. A-G she’s challenging DOMA (fed defense of marriage law). She’s connected to the infamous GLSEN “Fistgate” scandal (involving "Safe Schools Czar" Kevin Jennings): She refused to prosecute any of the GLSEN Fistgate perps back in 2000 who told kids how to fist. http://massresistance.blogspot.com/2009/12/kevin-jennings-his-glsen-fistgate.html

  3. He's up to 2557 now, and I suspect there will be many more in the days to come. The blogosphere, Twitter, and FB are all buzzing like mad about him.

  4. As a matter of interest, he's got 2646 followers on Twitter as of right now.

  5. He's over 3,000 now and what's even more impressive is the huge swell of new supporters on his facebook page. Mitt Romney has been sending thousands of his facebook supporters to join Scott Brown and http://www.mittromneycentral.com/2009/12/30/scott-brown-could-be-our-41st-vote-in-the-senate/ is also sending support Brown's way. Let's get Senator McCain and Gov. Palin to do the same!