BOSTON – In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leavingPresident Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office.
Over the past few weeks, I’ve been watching in awe as Scott Brown has exploded onto the national scene. To think it was just over a month ago that I first learned his name, scoffing at the irrelevance of it. Why even have a special election for the Senate seat left vacant by Ted Kennedy’s death? Seriously people, it’s Massachusetts. Just give the thing to Democrat Martha Coakley. But niceties (not to mention policies) must be observed, and if Scott Brown thought he had a shot at winning the thing, well more power to him.
The man hit the ground running. He campaigned all over the state in his pick-up truck, winning over the electorate with his common sense approach to government and politics. He took advantage of new media, establishing an online presence through sites like Facebook and Twitter. He raised funds from all over the country using the slogan 41st Vote (He would break the Democrat 60-seat super majority in the Senate if elected).
Meanwhile, Coakley went on vacation. And members of her staff pushed reporters down instead of answering questions. And we’ve been learning all sorts of crazy things about her record as an Attorny in Massachusetts (which she can’t even spell, by the way). Things like releasing a man without bail after he raped his 22 month old toddler with a curling iron. Or plea bargaining with a pedophile priest, allowing him to molest again. You know, silly stuff like that.
Even with her soft spot for disgusting vile men who like to violate and irreparably harm children, there’s still a shot that she’ll get elected for her position on the health care bill currently making its rounds in Congress. She says she’ll vote for it. Scott Brown says he won’t vote for it.
Ms. Coakley failed to realize that her advantage might just be her downfall. Massachusetts already has government health care. And it’s not working. And the voters know it.
So go forth, Massachusetts! Go forth and vote for the man that will kill the health care bill that will do nothing but hurt our country’s prosperity! We’re counting on you.