The Massachusetts Curse

by Gwynn Guilford

Detailing the Warren-Brown senatorial battle in Massachusetts, Christopher Benfey marvels at the state's ongoing struggle for authenticity:

Massachusetts has a puzzling recent track record of launching candidates in nationally watched races who sputter towards the finish line: Dukakis and Kerry and Coakley and, for that matter, Mitt Romney, who has sputtered in a presidential race before. These New Englanders can seem, at key moments, to lack the common, the authentic, the Kennedy touch. Their efforts to “connect”—zooming around in tanks, claiming to love NASCAR, enhancing their ancestry—can run awry.

Meanwhile, Maggie Haberman wonders whether Warren's DNC speaking spot – she is introducing Bill Clinton – is a good idea for the Dems:

While not the across-the-board liberal she is painted as – she is hawkish on Israel, for instance – Warren nonetheless remains a lightning rod for GOP criticism. She is not yet enough of a known quantity that she can be put on a piece of conservative direct mail and used to stir up the base – like Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid – but Republicans are hoping to turn her into one.

Ann Althouse snarks about the affirmative action at play:

I suppose that to appeal to women, the convention needs some prominent women speakers — especially if they're going to feature Bill Clinton, which they are. Clinton needs to be vouched for by a woman.