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It’s election day in Massachusetts!

posted at 8:02 am on January 19, 2010 by

It’s January 19th, and it’s election day in Massachusetts. The race to fill Ted Kennedy’s senate seat has finally hit its peak. Who will be victorious in liberal Massachusetts: the elitist, arrogant Martha Coakley, who has the entire Democratic establishment behind her? Or will it be Scott Brown, who has led a true grassroots movement with almost no help from the national GOP? Martha Coakley has had DC lobbyists, money from the DSCC and the DCCC, and union activists behind her. She’s insulted her constituents multiple times and has been apathetic about her campaign at best. She believes this seat belongs to her, regardless of what voters may want. Scott Brown, on the other hand, has come this far with an average donation of approximately $77.00 and, again, almost no help from the Republican establishment. He isn’t a true conservative, but he is against raising taxes and he will vote against Obamacare. And really, what more can we ask for from a Massachusetts senator?

Because its Massachusetts, Martha Coakley still has a shot at winning this, no matter how disastrous a campaign she may have run. There are plenty of voters there that will rubber-stamp a Democrat into office without bothering to find out what they stand for. Scott Brown, however, has enthusiasm on his side. Voter turnout will be key. Republicans and independents are both leaning towards Scott Brown. Who will be showing up at the polls today?

My guess is that we’re going to see a very tight race here. Scott Brown has enthusiasm on his side, and Republicans and independents are fired up. But Martha Coakley also is a Democrat, and that in and of itself is going to ensure that she gets plenty of votes as well. So who will the victor be? Martha Coakley ran an awful campaign, and Massachusetts voters have been insulted and ignored. Romneycare is currently in effect in Massachusetts as well, ensuring almost universal coverage there as is, so many voters don’t want Obamacare — either because they like Romneycare and don’t want Obamacare messing it up, or because they hate Romneycare and don’t want to see it expanded on a national level. Finally, Scott Brown has done an excellent job as coming across as a moderate who believes in fiscal responsibility and is a man of the people. Between those two, my guess would be that Scott Brown is going to squeak out a narrow win today, which will undoubtedly send shockwaves through the Democratic establishment.

And if he doesn’t win?

Well, it’s still a victory for us, in a sense. This election has scared the pants off of Democrats. If Democrats can’t easily get elected in a traditionally liberal state like Massachusetts, how will they fare in battlegrounds like Nevada? Democrats have also been forced to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on Martha Coakley, money that they could have been using in races that will be even harder for them to win. The repercussions of this race go much farther than just who will be sitting in Ted Kennedy’s seat.

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There has to be alot of blowback in MA by people who never felt their vote ever counted as long as Kennedy was running. Heck, the guy was in office since anyone in the 18 – 38 age bracket was even born, and as long as anyone in the 18 – 56 age bracket has ever voted. That said, the quote of the day comes from ‘Politico’:

“We lost independents in Virginia, we lost independents in New Jersey and we’re losing independents in Massachusetts,” said one Democratic campaign strategist. “The only thing those three states have in common is Obama.”

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0110/31637.html

percysunshine on January 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM

I woke up this morning with the squeaky Munchkin voice in my head: “This is a day of independence!”

MassVictim on January 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Acorn and SEIU have been too quiet so far. There are 116,000 dead people still on the rolls there, which should make the MA Sec of State appear quite incompetent. If they wanted to fix the rolls, they could use a death certificate as proof and remove names.

Kissmygrits on January 19, 2010 at 9:15 AM

There are 116,000 dead people still on the rolls there, which should make the MA Sec of State appear quite incompetent. If they wanted to fix the rolls, they could use a death certificate as proof and remove names.

Kissmygrits on January 19, 2010 at 9:15 AM

There are always people moving away or dying. The easiest and most reasonable solution to this problem is to require valid, recent picture ID for voting.

MassVictim on January 19, 2010 at 9:19 AM

I woke up this morning with the squeaky Munchkin voice in my head: “This is a day of independence!”

MassVictim on January 19, 2010 at 8:36 AM

“Take Back America Day!”

PatMac on January 19, 2010 at 9:25 AM

There is a Marth Coackley Ad in the right corner of the page on HotAir. How much is HotAir making when I click it???

Rich on January 19, 2010 at 10:10 AM

percysunshine on January 19, 2010 at 8:33 AM

I am proud to say, I’ve been able to vote since before Ted Kennedy took office, I have never voted for him and I will not vote for his hand picked successor. (have to wait until after work to vote)

As I said once before, Scott Brown cannot lose. If he does, the pretender in the White House will believe that it was his magnificence that made it happen, he is unstoppable after all, VA and NJ were flukes, and then will use every opportunity to force more cr@p down our throats.

Duncan Khuver on January 19, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I am proud to say, I’ve been able to vote since before Ted Kennedy took office, I have never voted for him and I will not vote for his hand picked successor. (have to wait until after work to vote)

Don’t wait too long or you will be told that you have already voted. My parents will probably vote for Coakley even though they are buried in Connecticut because my mother lived in Massachusetts at the end of her life (though I do not think that she registered to vote).

sabbahillel on January 19, 2010 at 11:07 AM

People respond to the ability to upset the designs of the powerful. The voters in Massachusetts know that if they vote for Coakley, all the reporters will leave tomorrow and nobody will think about Massachusetts again for another several years. BUT if they vote for Brown, they change the whole grand political arc of the coming decade. Obama, Pelosi, Reid, and all the rest of the corrupt and powerful will be helpless and frustrated, and will wake up every morning cursing the name of Massachusetts. People like having that kind of power over the powerful.

joe_doufu on January 19, 2010 at 12:51 PM