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Scott Brown Wins ‘The People’s Seat’

From a gob-smacked Associated Press:

In epic upset, GOP’s Brown wins Mass. Senate race

By Glen Johnson And Liz Sidoti, Associated Press Writers

January 19, 2010

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, leaving President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office.

Ah, yes. It “mars” the end of Mr. Obama’s first year.

The nerve.

Addressing an exuberant victory celebration Tuesday night, Brown declared he was "ready to go to Washington without delay" as the crowd chanted, "Seat him now." Democrats indicated they would, deflating a budding controversy over whether they would try to block Brown long enough to complete congressional passage of the health care plan he has promised to oppose.

"The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received," said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said he would notify the Senate on Wednesday that Brown had been elected.

The loss by the once-favored Democrat Martha Coakley in the Democratic stronghold was a stunning embarrassment for the White House after Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to save the foundering candidate. Her defeat on Tuesday signaled big political problems for the president’s party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

Brown’s victory was the third major loss for Democrats in statewide elections since Obama became president. Republicans won governors’ seats in Virginia and New Jersey in November.

"I have no interest in sugarcoating what happened in Massachusetts," said Sen. Robert Menendez, the head of the Senate Democrats’ campaign committee. "There is a lot of anxiety in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient."

Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president’s health care legislation. Democrats needed Coakley to win for a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters. The trouble may go deeper: Democratic lawmakers could read the results as a vote against Obama’s broader agenda, weakening their support for the president. And the results could scare some Democrats from seeking office this fall.

Gosh, what a strange ‘reading’ that would be.

Luckily, the AP will do their best – starting tomorrow – to make sure nobody interprets Mr. Brown’s win that win.

The Republican will finish Kennedy’s unexpired term, facing re-election in 2012.

Brown led by 52 per cent to 47 percent with all but 3 percent of precincts counted. Turnout was exceptional for a special election in January, with light snow reported in parts of the state. More voters showed up at the polls Tuesday than in any non-presidential general election in Massachusetts since 1990.

Despite the heavily reported efforts by Mr. Brown and the Republicans to “bully and suppress” the vote.

One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama’s swearing-in, the election played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, Wall Street bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

"I voted for Obama because I wanted change. … I thought he’d bring it to us, but I just don’t like the direction that he’s heading," said John Triolo, 38, a registered independent who voted in Fitchburg.

He said his frustrations, including what he considered the too-quick pace of health care legislation, led him to vote for Brown.

For weeks considered a long shot, Brown seized on voter discontent to overtake Coakley in the campaign’s final stretch. His candidacy energized Republicans, including backers of the "tea party" protest movement, while attracting disappointed Democrats and independents uneasy with where they felt the nation was heading.

A cornerstone of Brown’s campaign was his promise to vote against the health care plan.

Note that the Associated Press waited this long in their article to mention this.

Though the president wasn’t on the ballot, he was on many voters’ minds.

Coakley called Brown conceding the race, and Obama talked to both Brown and Coakley, congratulating them on the race.

The Democrat said the president told her: "We can’t win them all."

Alas, the Democrats have not won any of the elections for which Mr. Obama has campaigned. Not Virginia, not New Jersey and now not even Massachusetts.

Brown will be the first Republican senator from Massachusetts in 30 years.

Even before the first results were announced, administration officials were privately accusing Coakley of a poorly run campaign and playing down the notion that Obama or a toxic political landscape had much to do with the outcome.

Coakley’s supporters, in turn, blamed that very environment, saying her lead dropped significantly after the Senate passed health care reform shortly before Christmas and after the Christmas Day attempted airliner bombing that Obama himself said showed a failure of his administration.

Days before the polls closed, Democrats were fingerpointing and laying blame.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen of Maryland, head of the House Democrats’ campaign effort, said Coakley’s loss won’t deter his colleagues from continuing to blame the previous administration.

What else do they have?

"President George W. Bush and House Republicans drove our economy into a ditch and tried to run away from the accident," he said. "President Obama and congressional Democrats have been focused repairing the damage to our economy."

At Boston’s Park Plaza Hotel, giddy Republicans cheered, chanted "USA" and waved the "tea party" version of the American flag.

Even before Brown won, the grass-roots network fueled by antiestablishment frustrations, sought credit for the victory, much like the liberal MoveOn.org did in the 2006 midterm elections when Democrats rose to power

What a ludicrous comparison, bven by AP standards.

Wall Street watched the election closely. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 116 points, and analysts attributed the increase to hopes the election would make it harder for Obama to make his changes to health care. That eased investor concerns that profits at companies such as insurers and drug makers would suffer…

Galvin, who discounted sporadic reports of voter irregularities throughout the day, predicted turnout ranging from 1.6 million to 2.2 million, 40 percent to 55 percent of registered voters.

Ah, here we go.

The Dec. 8 primary had a scant turnout of about 20 percent.

Voters considered national issues including health care and the federal budget deficits.

Fears about spending drove Karla Bunch, 49, to vote for Brown. "It’s time for the country, for the taxpayers, to take back their money," she said. And Elizabeth Reddin, 65, voted for Brown because she said she was turned off by the Democrat’s negative advertisements, saying: "The Coakley stuff was disgusting."

Yes, he did.

And what happened in Massachusetts can — and will happen all over America.

(Oh, and yes Mr. Galvin, we think 52% to 47% can be called a ‘decisive’ victory.)

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, January 19th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

41 Responses to “Scott Brown Wins ‘The People’s Seat’”

  1. jobeth says:

    YES!!!! Coakley concedes! 9:25 PM

    So much for the Boston Globe….lol

    Thank you Lord….Thank you for answered prayer

    Ok, Mr Brown…we are all watching…never forget…here is your chance.

    • proreason says:

      Don’t stand down. Don’t rest for a second. Don’t redouble your efforts. Multiply them by a thousand.

      Coakley is one insect in a diseased swarm. It isn’t enough to dispel the swarm. It has to be driven back into the swamp. The swamp has to be drained. The scum has to be disinfected from the basin. The bacteria that remain have to seared to ten thousand degrees. The carcasses have to be crushed and reduced to ashes.

      Anything less and they will continue rising like the Phoenix to devour your parents. They will tighten their corrupt and grasping fingers around the throats of your children and grandchildren. They will continue to gild their palaces with the gold extracted from your teeth.

      Don’t stand down.

    • jobeth says:

      I know what you’re talking about Pro.

      I sort of liken the progressives/libs/socialists to keeping the algae out of our swimming pool…let up even a little and it breeds all over the place. You gotta keep the chlorine in there to kill’em off and the filter on constantly to get rid of them…but it never ends….you have to keep up the pressure. :-D

      And sometimes…like you say above…you just have start all over again with a fresh beginning.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Even the longest of journeys begins with but a single step.

      Yeah, I know. Trite, overused cliche.

      I was worried this afternoon….thought it could go either way. But I see where the vote tally is similar to the “landslide” victory that Obama got. So can we call it a landslide too?

      Right now, I’m having serious schadenfreude over the democrats sitting dejected and feeling abandoned. Sorta makes ya want to say, “We won, deal with it”. But….no.

      As pro says, the war is only just begun. Until the emperor with no clothes is out of office and eliminated from anyone’s interest in the public sector, such as speaking engagements, etc, the fight must continue. His type of cancer is, as has been shown all the past year, insidious and dangerous to the Nth degree.

      Many have said this win may precede the rats abandoning ship in droves; Not wanting to stick around for the funeral.

      We must make the boy a lame duck. Everything and anything he and the democrats propose must be met with firm and solid opposition. “Just Say No!” is my new mantra to the republicans…and hopefully, they will feel a little more empowered. And hopefully, Mr Brown won’t let us down by using his position wisely and to do the will of the people.

      This break was sorely needed and we got it. I hope it amounts to a trend and an out and out movement.

      Push ’em out, shove ’em out—-waaayyyyyyy out!

      That’s all I have to say about that.

  2. Rip Cord says:

    Why was it even this close?

  3. lunaticcringeradio says:

    an unconfirmed report i heard

    WBZ-TV reports that Scott Brown carried Ted Kennedy’s home precinct in Hyannis

    brahahahahah brah brah brahhahahahahahahahahah

  4. History has been made, tea party folks are vindicated, Congress has been warned, and health care is likely stopped..

    Well worth my 50 bucks.. Booya!!!!

  5. neocon mom says:

    This is a big deal. But he should have thanked Obama!

    • Rip Cord says:

      You are more right than you can know. Only One man in the WORLD could have gotten a Republican elected for Ted Kennedy’s Senate Seat. Not Sarah Palin, Not Rush Limbaugh not even Simon Cowell. Barak Hussein Obama!

  6. Petronius says:

    Picnic time for teddy bears,

    The little teddy bears are having a lovely time today.

    Watch them, catch them unawares,

    And see them picnic on their holiday.

    See them gaily dance about.

    They love to play and shout,

    And never have any cares.

    At six o’clock their mommies and daddies

    Will take them home to bed

    Because they’re tired little teddy bears.

    : )

  7. BigOil says:

    Repudiation of The Won. Now kill the bill.

  8. Rip Cord says:

    I would still love to know how many DEAD people voted for Coakley. I heard over 116,000 dead people were still listed on voter rolls in Ma.

    • White_Polluter says:


      Don’t know about the dead people, but the entire starting lineup from the Patriots voted for Coakley…….three times…….courtesy of ACORN.

  9. jobeth says:

    I would say Haiti isn’t the only place to have a 7+ earthquake. MA had one of their own!

  10. RightWinger says:

    Our cable service does not carry MSNBC. For the most part that is perfectly acceptable to me, though tonight I wish I had it so I could see Keith Overbites head explode and Rachel Maddog foam at the mouth.

  11. chestnutt says:

    The Beginning of The End! Thank God!!!

  12. jobeth says:


    Maddow and Chris Matthews are going on and on about how professional Coakley had to be (as a woman and prosecutor) and how friendly Brown came across…better at ad lib speaking than speeches…”not ready for prime time” because of that….I kid you not. Maddow actually said that.

    Not one word about the real reason for the blow out.

    Of course that was only a 5 min span. Maybe they will address the real issues later…ummm not holding my breath…but we’ll see.

    • Steve says:

      No, the media will carefully spin Mr. Brown’s victory in terms of personalities and tactics.

      They will never admit that it was a wholesale repudiation of the Obama/Democrat/media agenda.

      After all, how can they admit that?

  13. Steve says:

    Hilariously, the Democrats in Massachusetts might have been better off if they hadn’t (once again) re-written the rules to try to gain political advantage.

    If there had been a special election soon after Kennedy died, no doubt a Democrat – even Coakley – would have won it.

    But they had to put Paul Kirk in ASAP — so that they could ram through ‘healthcare reform.’

    The joke is on them.

    Obama OKs Kennedy Succession Scam | Sweetness & Light

  14. GetBackJack says:

    Sure wish I could get excited.

    But the Republicans are every inch as much to blame for the epic century and a half (bad word implying undesired coitus) as any Democrat.

    I hold no hope for the Republic so long as these two powers can play bait and switch endlessly.

    • jobeth says:

      “Republicans are every inch as much to blame ”

      And we must never, ever, forget that. I on a whole liked Bush…I felt at least safe with him, but that progressive liberalism’s tentacles even reached into the Republicans.

      Because of that I have made a pact with myself never to accept that a Republican is necessarily a conservative.

      That becomes my litmus test from now on. I too was ‘asleep’ for a long time thinking if I voted Republican that was enough. Not so. They have to espouse conservative balanced COMMON SENSE values and act on them!.

      We conservatives have as much to learn here as the libs…We are just a LOT closer to understanding what needs to be done.

    • Steve says:

      “But the Republicans are every inch as much to blame for the epic century and a half (bad word implying undesired coitus) as any Democrat.”


    • proreason says:

      The enemy of my ememy is my friend.

      Thank God that Scott Brown did what he did.

      As I’ve said before, GetBack, you are exactly right that the disease is much wider spread than the Democrats.

      But in WWII, the rallying cry was “Unconditional Victory”. We held our noses and made common cause with the Russians. After WWII, within five years, we were in a war with the Russians.

      We have to do the same thing here. I understand Brown is pro-abortion. I regret that, but his view about that and every other issue pales in comparison to Unconditional Victory.

      The vermin have to be driven out of the country. They hands are around our necks. If it turns out that our own vermin come back out of their foxholes after the Master Class is crushed and humiliated, then we can turn on them, just as we turned on the Russians.

  15. White_Polluter says:

    Does anybody else post at Dailykos? I swear you have to check that site out. The normally belligerent and rude libs are strangely quiet tonight. I think they last Dailykos poll on this race was 55% to 39% Coakley. Pretty close. I think they use the same polling firm as MSNBC Now they have Obama approval 55% to 42% disapproval. I love this site, but you guys owe it to yourselves to see how the most deranged 1% of the population rolls. If you really want to see stupidity, toss in a hand grenade or two about the founding fathers or quote the Constitution. They go bananas. I figure I’ll be able to tweak them for a month with this victory. A liberal spewing hatred and vitriol on a website to other libs is a lib not obstructing society and not making a bad example for our children.

    • somesie says:

      They scare me.

    • jobeth says:

      WP, I think most of us have been to Daily Kos a time or two. I don’t spend much time there because there is nothing of value to be learned from them. I try to avoid rabid libs as much as I can.

      I think the dems are only quiet because like us last year, they are momentarily stunned, That won’t last long though. PA Gov. Rendel on Fox this morning was spouting all the mindless Obama entrenched verbiage. They haven’t really learned anything and will;continue to do exactly what they think will give them what they want…thinking the people are too stupid to figure out their underhanded progressive shtick. They judge the average American by the Daily Kos bunch. Remember this is a one shot chance for them for at least a while. If they don’t get their agenda done now…it will be back to the drawing board and for another plan of attack.

      In a way I hope they continue in this type of behavior….for the moment. I don’t want them to be successful in getting anything through, but if they, like Clinton…shift their game plan and become more stealth…some people will go back to sleep and we’ll be right back here again in another few years. If they make the mistake of continuing to be so obvious about there schemes, these same folks may stay awake long enough to fully comprehend this country is under a serious attack from the progressive left.

      I also think while we enjoy this moment, and breath a sigh of relief…this is only the beginning of a very hard fight to take this country back. And one that we must never again take for granted, because I fear that wolf will never be far away from the door.

    • proreason says:

      “In a way I hope they continue in this type of behavior”

      They will Jobeth.

      They can’t help it. It isn’t behaviour, it’s the stripes of a tiger.

      That’s why they can’t just be beaten, they have to be obliterated. We have to make it as least as dangerous for maniacs like them to speak their minds as it has been dangerous in this country to say that Affirmative Action makes no sense.

      They have their foot on your parent’s heads. They have their claws on your childrens’s throats. They have their pliers in your mouth.

    • jobeth says:

      “They have their foot on your parent’s heads. They have their claws on your childrens’s throats. They have their pliers in your mouth.”

      I understand your point here and couldn’t agree more!. Except for one (for me) unfortunate thing…My own parents are gone now…so it’s MY head they have that foot on. And to paraphrase my Brit husband….I BLOODY well don’t like it!

      Having lived through the trauma of my father-in-law’s interaction with the Brit health care system, I warned my own kids that if that monstrosity of a “health care” plan gets in, to be prepared to watch me die, when technology was available to help save my life…but I would be just to old to bother with. By that time, I would have no chance to be of use to the government. Soooo … “Off with her head!’

      Wouldn’t put it past this nutjob to take a page out of Haiti’s book (of sad hygienic need… for them) and begin to bury all us old and useless in mass unmarked graves…more efficient that way….”Perhaps the landfill….ummm…Might work”

    • tranquil.night says:

      “If you really want to see stupidity, toss in a hand grenade or two about the founding fathers or quote the Constitution.”

      Haha, absolutely. Trying to get a comment past moderation at huffpo is like trying to speak the dialect of a village of morons.

      The left blogosphere, aka the idiocracy, is completely all over the place on this.

      Pro, if you recall your post on the 8 or so options that the Dems could take in a Scott Brown win. Well, I’m pretty much seeing recommendations for all of them.

      Time to follow Clinton.. moving to the mythical center won’t help.. pass healthcare to survive at all.. this was all predictable.. obama isn’t liberal, he’s just another corporalist..

      Whew. It’s brutal down there.

    • proreason says:

      “The left blogosphere, aka the idiocracy, is completely all over the place on this.”

      WP, TN, thanks for performing a valuable public service.

      Don’t forget to disinfect after spending time in the fever swamps.

  16. drunk4ever says:

    Round 1 of Brown v. Barack Obamanation

    Scott – 1 Barry – 0

  17. 2old2givea says:

    “Hope and Change,” — AMERICAN-STYLE!
    Now, on to the next…

  18. joeblough says:

    One, two! One, two! And through and through
    The vorpal blade went snicker-snack!
    He left it dead, and with its head
    He went galumphing back.

    “And, has thou slain the Jabberwock?
    Come to my arms, my beamish boy!
    O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay!’
    He chortled in his joy.

    Lewis Carroll

    (from Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, 1872)

  19. Liberals Demise says:

    I’m with pro……..the battle is won but the War continues.
    Take a victory lap around the ‘puter then forge on brothers and sisters.

    BTW…….this does mean that dingleBarry is a has been.
    Batta bing……..batta boom!!

  20. oki2 says:

    “President George W. Bush and House Republicans drove our economy into a ditch and tried to run away from the accident,”
    … Confused here. Did he mention it this way to remind us of Mary Jo?

  21. LastconservativeinMA says:

    I’m proud that we’re picking up where the intelligent voters of New Jersey and Virginia left off. This has to continue throughout the year all over the country. We have the momentum now. People here were turned off by Coakley’s negative ads – virtually none pertained to the issues or her qualifications. All of Scott’s were positive and informative. It was an excellent campaign. Maybe there is some justice left after all.

  22. Reality Bytes says:

    No! THE PEOPLE DID IT! Never Forget That Going Forward!

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