This month’s first-in-the-nation primary provided some mixed clues as to the strength of anti-incumbent sentiment.
The Republicans are off to a good start in the 2010 election cycle, having handily won the first round – the trio of state elections that began with the gubernatorial contests in New Jersey and Virginia last November and concluded with the Massachusetts special Senate election a fortnight ago.
One question that may be well to ask about President Obama's campaign trip to Massachusetts today is whether it might do more harm than good. His appearance feeds into the populist, "man against the machine" story line of Republican senatorial candidate Scott Brown. And if the 2008 presidential primary is a guide, Obama has never been that popular even among Massachusetts Democrats.