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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The "Scott" Heard 'Round the World



How about it ilk? I was expecting to stay up late last night as the votes came in to see whether or not Scott Brown (R) pictured above, would squeak by Martha Coakley (D) in the special election to fill the vacant US Senate seat in Massachusetts. Heck, it was all over as soon as they closed the polls. Not only had Brown closed the (by some estimations) 30 point gap with Coakley just a few weeks ago, he won so convincingly that they called the election in less than an hour after the polls closed. There must be long faces from Mombassa to Washington DC. Check out this cool interactive map. You just pass your cursor over the state map and the highlighted county will show you the results from last night's returns. And then there's this article from Brian McGrory of the Boston Globe....

"I’m going to need some Advil and a cold compress, please. I’m the Massachusetts Electorate, and I have what is bar none the absolute worst hangover of my entire voting life. Seriously, I was so drunk on power, so caught up in the moment, so free of any of my usual inhibitions, I can’t remember what’s gone on these last two weeks. Think, Electorate, think. What did I do? This much I’m starting to remember. Martha and I walked into the party and everything seemed to be going fine. She wasn’t talking much, but she never really does, and she wasn’t exactly pushing me to bare my soul, either. That’s what I’ve always liked about Martha: She’s a low-maintenance politician.

And now I’m vaguely recalling that stranger across the room, the one in the barn jacket who kept smiling at me and seemed to know my name. Martha vanished for a while, and - is it bad that I’m saying this? - I didn’t really care.

Suddenly, that tall, handsome man was standing at my side doing something that Martha rarely did - offering to pay for drinks, chatting me up, curious what was on my mind.

Every time I ever tried telling Martha about my day, my hopes, my dreams, she shushed me and said she was preparing a legal brief or watching “Law & Order.’’ And now there’s a stranger telling me he could change my entire world."

It's an interesting take on the election from McGrory's point of view, check out the entire article if you can. Have you heard there is even talk of Scott Brown running for president already? I would recommend that he at least accomplish something at the federal level first but heck... That never stopped Obama from running either and look where he wound up.





7 comments:

Ginx said...

Congrats to him and his truck, the more popular candidate won. Pretty ridiculous Obama tried to last-second campaign for her.

*shrug* Bush did everything he did without 60 votes.

JD Curtis said...

Bush was a disappointment. It was like "Congress, you can do almost anything you want concerning spending and I won't veto it. I just might need a few favors someday like Amnesty and Harriet Miers and you can pay me back then".

Ginx said...

Bush pretty much proved that Republicans have nothing to do with fiscal responsibility. I know you may doubt it, but I think the Republican Party is ready to crumble, and I predict younger conservatives will lift the Libertarian party to fill the gap.

There's also a good chance this won't happen in name, but in attitude it's already occurring with the tea-party movement.

JD Curtis said...

Bush pretty much proved that Republicans have nothing to do with fiscal responsibility

I would just say that Republicans were better on spending historically, however the last Republican controled Congress showed that both parties are moving toward a kleptocracy.

I know you may doubt it, but I think the Republican Party is ready to crumble, and I predict younger conservatives will lift the Libertarian party to fill the gap

I agree that some will join the ranks of the Libertarian and other parties as people are disappointed with the 2 party system. The Democrat party is completely lost and way too beholden to the left. The Republicans are slowly going the way of the Dodo and only a miracle can save them. Brown's election was a real shot in the arm though

Ginx said...

Democrats aren't left enough, which is why I have never voted for one. Democrats are the moderates that I should be opposing, I want the full-on socialist.

JD Curtis said...

Western Democracies seem to only vote in socialists when things are going good. Then social policy spending goes through the roof, bankrupting the country. Then conservatives are voted in again. It's cyclical.

Reynold said...

Did you forget about that little war your little president had that drained a few trillion dollars from your country's treasury?

You know, the way based on the lie of WMD?

Then there's this.