My email box was filling up last week with a curious set of emails from indignant Republicans who didn’t know that Gomez was holding a fundraiser with John McCain in Boston, and from Democrats who were fuming that Gomez was trying to win by co opting Democrats to vote for him by intentionally not wanting to appear with Republicans. Meanwhile, a whole lot of Massachusetts Republicans simply don’t like McCain for his extreme views on the War on Terror, and the Tea Party folk who applaud Gomez for calling for term limits in light of Markey’s long career in Congress are baffled that he would campaign with a fossil like McCain. Meanwhile, the Republicans I’ve been talking to have no intention of voting for Markey, but equally they have no intention of voting at all. It would seem that while Massachusetts folk will vote for Republicans, that only extends to home grown Republicans, and Gomez just doesn’t fit the bill. In addition, if the Global War on Terror is truly winding down, and if we start seeing a blowback against the abuses of Bush and Obama, its not quite clear that having a special ops background has the shine it had two years ago. Rick and I were both having trouble last week even finding out who was running the Gomez campaign or who was backing it. Gomez may be running the worst campaign in the history of Massachusetts, and that’s impressive. I mean, how do you manage to offend both your base and your target all in one day? Well, start with having no base, and you go from there. I, for one, will be turning out for Markey, and I urge my fellow Republicans to do the same.