The hot political news today is this poll by Public Policy Polling of the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. The results? Democrat Martha Coakley 47%, Republican Scott Brown 48%.
That's right, the Republican is ahead in Massachusetts. What's going on here?
My theory is that this is a clever trap being laid by the Democrats. The idea is to convince the GOP that they have a shot at actually winning the race. The GOP responds by throwing a ton of money Brown's way, then on election day the Dems crank up their GOTV machine and win the seat anyway. The Republicans are already having fundraising woes, and RNC Chairman Michael Steele is under fire for blowing a huge chunk of cash last year. Losing even more money in a futile attempt to win a Senate seat in Massachusetts would leave the Republicans so destitute that they'd have to start selling off their wetsuits and dildos just to pay the rent. This would allow the Democrats to overcome their enthusiasm gap by simply outspending the GOP.
We'll see how it plays out.