Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Heckuva Job Brownie

Republican Scott Brown defeats Democrat "Marcia" Coakley in "Massachusettes" today.

Personally, I was happy to see a Coakley loss for her involvement in the Amirault case alone.

Some other thoughts:
  • Obama now has political cover for when his agenda gets slowed down in Congress now that Democrats will be a vote short of their previous "super-majority".  For the coming years, he'll be able to blame "obstructionist" Republican's for anything that stalls in the Senate.
  • There had better be some obstructionism going on in the Senate if Republican's know what's good for them and if they would like to continue picking off Democrat Congressional seats.
  • Republican's need to remember that Scott Brown is a New England Republican, which means he's more liberal/moderate than a Republican from, say, Texas or Nebraska, because that is the only kind of Republican that can be elected in the Northeast.  They need to remember their giddiness over his victory today when they think about calling him a RINO in the future, should he ever decide to part from the party line (a la Snow, Collins, or Gregg).  And if Republican's want to continue to have an "R" after the name of a Senator from Massachusetts, he will have to remain a moderate Republican to win re-election in the future.
  • It is my hope that this Republican victory can be enough to derail the progress of the Health Care bill.
Good stuff and an interesting bit of political football during this final week of campaigning.

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