I can't stand party machine politicians, who just kind of expect people to vote for them because of brand name. There are few things more distasteful than a bunch of insiders, politicians and marketing-media-types who take your vote for granted, and put up a lackluster candidate because that is who you are supposed to vote for. I'm really glad I'm not a Massachusetts Democrat this month.
I identify as a Democratic voter and party member, but as I have anti-incumbent (until proven otherwise), entropic voting preferences, I'd seriously consider voting for the GOP candidate in MA just out of spite. I'd want to show the state and national party operatives that my vote wasn't just theirs because of the name-brand, and they take me for granted at their peril. I deeply desire health care reform, but I also care about the quality of the candidate and the quality of the name brand locally and nationwide.
Sometimes the only way to teach that lesson is to let the knuckleheads lose some elections, hoping better candidates will get involved next time. I thought the Democratic Party had learned this, but sometimes you have to work away from a goal to acheive a goal.
Then again, when the Republican candidate continues to support activites I consider torture, I guess the Democratic candidate can go ahead and take my vote for granted. It is a shame the GOP should allow the bar to be set so low.