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January 18, 2010

The Scott heard ’round the world is 24 hours away from upsetting the Democratic agenda and making Obama appear rather pathetic for last-effort campaigning in MA on Sunday afternoon. (Can we stop talking about Scott’s truck and start talking policy, unemployment, and the economy please? I feel like Scott Brown’s campaign could run Coakley’s campaign better.)

Critics blame the conservative movement in the bluest state on Coakley’s treatment of the campaign as a coronation, not an election. But MA voters view the open seat as the people’s seat, not Ted’s seat, and suddenly, it stuck MA voters that it might be nice to have jobs, freedom, and some basic rights. If opposing the extreme leftist agenda and returning to fiscal responsibility and the basic tenants of freedom were not the driving factors of Scott Brown’s surge, one wonders how even an uncharismatic Democrat could lose MA. If not for Obama’s arrogance and Congress’ leftist legislation and corrupt “special deals”, any Democrat could beat any Republican in MA. Jonah Goldberg offers a great analysis of the Scott Brown story:

Even more astounding, Brown is running directly against what everyone agrees was Ted Kennedy’s signature issue and legacy: health care reform. Massachusetts is the most famously Democratic state in the union. Barack Obama’s presidency and the Democratic congressional majority are invested in health care reform like a Bernie Madoff victim, and Brown is surging by running as the monkey wrench for the whole thing.

This is like a Democrat successfully running in Texas on tax hikes, gay marriage and funding the Pentagon solely through bake sales.

Today’s polls all show Brown with a strong lead, and Brown is currently up 16% in absentee voting. It doesn’t get more exciting than this!


Vote on Tuesday!

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  1. Erin Harrington permalink
    January 20, 2010 8:26 pm

    I would be careful about saying that Massachusetts thinks it would be nice to have jobs, freedom, and basic rights. In Massachusetts every has access to the very basic right of health care, and our schools consistently rank among the best in the nation. The unemployment rate is about the national average–of course the economy could be better, but as a state it could be far worse.

    If Massachusetts was thinking about freedom and basic rights, we would have voted for Coakley. Anyone who looks at her record as Attorney General would immediately see that throughout her career, she has been dedicated to fighting discrimination and protecting our rights. She stands up for reproductive rights and victims of hate crimes. She is the only Attorney General who has challenged DOMA. These may not be policies with which Harvard Republicans agree, but it is difficult to allege that Democrats like Martha have not stood up for freedom and rights. Republicans may not agree with the right of gays to marry, but how do Republicans have a right to interfere with the relationship of two loving adults? Republicans may oppose the right to choose, but how do limits on abortion increase a woman’s freedom to choose the path best for her? There is no freedom where discrimination persists, and Coakley has been committed to serving those who suffer from discrimination, whether due to race, gender, or sexual orientation.

    You can disagree with the health care legislation in Congress. You can be against gay marriage and abortion rights. By all means, support the death penalty and lower taxes. But do not claim that a hunger for freedom drove the citizens of Massachusetts to vote for Brown, unless you refer to their hunger to be free from campaign ads and phone calls. Massachusetts freedom is not the freedom to wield a gun, or the freedom of the rich to be exempt from giving their fair share back to their society. Massachusetts freedom is the freedom for all people to succeed, regardless of economic background. That means quality schools for every child, and affordable health care for every individual. Massachusetts freedom is the freedom from the state deciding that homosexual relationships are inferior, and it is the freedom that comes when the state refuses to stand idly by in the face of discrimination. Any real Bostonian will tell you that Massachusetts freedom means that no one gets left behind.

    In the words of Abraham Lincoln, “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.” Massachusetts deserves Scott Brown today, but it will undoubtedly come back to its egalitarian senses soon.

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