For the first time in my life, a good chunk of MA actually has a two-party race. I've watched election after election go by with either no competition to the "D" or an unsupported "R" to the slaughter. It's kinda fun to watch former "safe" seats like Barney Frank's actually be contested; on the flip side it will be nice to see the nasty attack ads off the air - Democrats get especially vicious when they are threatened in their lairs. Who are these uppity peons who dare oppose their benevolent
In any case, not that anyone reading this hasn't made their decision already or anything, but when you go to the polls, if there's any one deciding factor, vote against the politician with "Incumbent" next to their name. Vote them out. Vote them all out. If they're that great, vote 'em back in next cycle - they can use the two years' vacation to think about why they found themselves surreptitiously kicked to the curb. The complacency ends tomorrow. We didn't want the stimulus but you voted for it anyways? GONE. We didn't want the bank bailout but you voted for it anyways? GONE. We didn't want the automaker bailout but you voted for it anyways? GONE.We didn't want ØbamaCare but you voted for it anyways? GONE.
Ignore us at your own peril.
It's been said before, but no matter what you do, vote. Go to the polls. Have your say. If you can spare the time, hold a sign for a local (non-incumbent) politician. Give a neighbor a ride. Bring coffee to the camp of the politician you support. If you're in an area susceptible to it, keep an eye out for shenanigans - people harassing voters, turning folks away, that sort of thing. Shining bright spotlights on these roaches is the only hope we have of keeping these excesses in check; lord knows the "traditional" media isn't going to investigate these events.
And remember the words of John Quincy Adams: