Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Side Notes on the Scott Brown Senate Election Win

Regarding Republican Scott Brown’s upset victory in the Massachusetts special election for the US Senate seat previously held by the late Democrat Edward Kennedy:

* Remarkable, and ominous for Democrats: I read that Brown won in the Kennedy family’s spiritual base of Hyannis Port and in ultra-liberal Rep. Barney Frank’s district as well.

* This election result is about much more than just a referendum on nationalized health care. From the Brown campaign: “from our own internal polling, the more potent issue here in Massachusetts was terrorism and the treatment of enemy combatants”. In his acceptance speech, Brown said “with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation — they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.”

* Barack Obama said recently in referencing the fate of Democrat national health care legislation vis-a-vis the Massachusetts special senate election: we are at a “precipice.” Obama used a completely wrong word -- “precipice” has a negative connotation in this context, something to step back from; he meant something like “threshold” or “crossroads” or “pivotal moment”. If George W. Bush, or just about any Republican for that matter, had made this significant linguistic mistake the ultraliberal media would have mocked him mercilessly. When Obama, a part-African-American Harvard Law graduate makes the mistake, that media is silent.

* Particularly reality-challenged ultraliberal theories have surfaced to explain Brown’s win: voters’ racism against Obama (Donny Deutsch and Keith Olbermann on the ultraliberal MSNBC); sexism (two female analysts writing at the liberal Politico web site); Brown’s physical attractiveness (liberal writer Sally Quinn on O’Reilly’s program); and the obligatory, reflexive, vapid, delusional It’s All Bush’s Fault (Barack Obama: “people are angry … because of what’s happened over the last 8 years”; note to BHO -- GWB's presidency ended a year ago, and you've been president since).

* Even relatively mature Democrats still can’t fully face reality: Democrat California Senator Feinstein on the election results: “You see anger. … everything is jobs and the economy and education;” Jobs yes, absolutely, but education? I think not. Here’s Republican winner Scott Brown's view: “Raising taxes, taking over our health care, and giving new rights to terrorists is the agenda of a new [Democrat] establishment in Washington.”

* The irony: the Massachusetts Democrats’ disgraceful behavior this past Fall in changing the rules to allow the Democrat governor to appoint an interim replacement for the deceased Kennedy rather than holding an immediate election (link), which had been the law, backfired on them. If the election had been held months ago, before the revolting behavior of Democrats all Fall on their push for nationalized health care and their hapless response to the Christmas Day airplane terrorist attack, the Democrats almost certainly would have won the election then.

* The two big state-wide post-2008 elections in traditionally Democrat states, New Jersey and Massachusetts, both of which Republicans have won, have come in states that Hilary Clinton won over Obama in 2008 primaries (link). Other Clinton-won states with 2010 Senate races with increasingly nervous Democratic incumbents: California (Barbara Boxer) , Nevada (Harry “The Undertaker” Reid), Pennsylvania (Arlen “Benedict Arnold” Specter), and Arkansas (Blanche Lincoln).

It’s going to be a long year for Democrats.

John M Greco

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