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Massachusetts Election Hangover—How One Man Changed History

posted at 7:13 pm on January 27, 2010 by

My new “most favorite” web-link, (the place to click when you need that three cup-a-joe lift without the coffee) is here.  The site should be all the confirmation the senate would need to seat Scott Brown ASAP.  Two and a quarter million folks in Massachusetts braved the chilly temperatures last Tuesday to cast their votes in what was a referendum on ObamaCare and the Democrat’s runaway spending policies. As our liberal Democratic leadership prefers to define their horrendous healthcare legislation, Scott Brown’s ascension into “Ted Kennedy’s seat” was certainly “historical”.

Speaking of the new Junior Senator from Massachusetts, hats off to Senator Jim Webb for calling on his colleagues to not move forward with any legislation until Brown is officially seated.  If ever it was a good time for Democrats to show sincerity about “reaching across the isle”, this was it.  We’ll have to wait and see how long this newfound civility remains in what many have described as a bitterly partisan Congress. 

At Scott Brown’s first post election news conference, a reporter asks Brown about his aspirations for running for President.  Brown shot back quickly that short of calling the question ridiculous, he reminded the press that while he had little sleep, and he had just become a United States Senator, there was no immediate plans to consider a higher level of government.  Yet, under the current parameters, Brown would have to serve only 125 days in the senate to be qualified to run for President, and considering his previous public service to our current president, Brown is certainly over-qualified.

Under the “they still don’t get it” category,  I’ve put together a few choice quotes from the liberal pundits that may be still in denial or just lacking the proper amount of logical reasoning to confirm their cognitive dissonance:

“The Republicans are even more recalcitrant than they were before, and they believe the public are on their side, which they’re not”—Howard Fineman, Newsweek’s Senior Washington Correspondent and Columnist, senior editor and Deputy Washington bureau chief.

Howard is apparently discounting the public’s view on the following issues — civil trials of terrorists; bailouts/buyouts of GM and a myriad of financial institutions “too big to fail”, cap and trade; the stimulus bill; exploding the deficits; ObamaCare.  Over 60% of this country’s citizens have rejected this healthcare legislation Howard, and they are NOT exclusively recalcitrant Republicans. 

“Yeah, it sucks that we lost our 60th vote, but really, what did 60 get us last year? It empowered Joe Lieberman, gave cover to Blanche Lincoln, provided excuses to Harry Reid, and gave a free pass to Max Baucus.  Now we don’t have 60. And like the Republican Senate of the 2000s, if Democrats want to get anything done, they’ll have to do it via reconciliation.”……Markos “Kos” Moulitsas

 Reconciliation?  The Bush tax cuts came about by reconciliation? Authorization for the Iraq War?  The Patriot Act?  Medicare Prescription drugs?  Either Markos doesn’t know or understand “reconciliation,” or like so many of his element so often do, he is just making up his own “facts.”

“The same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office.  People are angry, and they’re frustrated. Not just because of what’s happened in the last year or two years, but what’s happened over the last eight years.”….. Barack Obama

East of Eden* says,  “Those Massachusetts voters…what merry pranksters…who’d have thought that being mad at Bush/Cheney would have made Massachusetts send a Republican to the U.S. Senate…those voters must have must have missed the part about Scott Brown’s opposition to the Kennedy/Obama “signature” legislation on health care.  This reminds me of the “the man who mistook his wife for a hat.”   From the title of Oliver Sacks book “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat,” about people with such deep mental disorders that they are unable to recognize the most basic and familiar things…(That is, Brown election is to Obama election as Wife is to Hat)  The quote is the sort of thing that winds up as a title of an Oliver Sacks book about mental disorders.”

Matthews, Olbermann, and Maddow quotes were so obstreperously recalcitrant on election eve and the following day, this author found them to have no intelligible meaning and therefore unprintable.

It will be interesting to see how President Obama addresses the Healthcare legislation—still tied up in Congress—in this evening’s state of the union address.  When two-thirds of the nation realizes their governments legislative attempt at reducing health care cost is not only seriously flawed, but also a threat to how health care is delivered, it would be prudent if the president started listening to general public who are adamantly against this process.  The independents that sent Scott Brown to Washington understand that the Federal Government is over-reaching in its intrusion into their daily lives with the Democrat’s spending policies and unfunded mandates designed to make us all more dependent on the government.  The resounding rejection of Obama’s policies is a reality the president must heed without another feeble attempt to blame his predecessors for his own failed policy decisions.

There are bets being made all over the internet on how many times the President uses the word “I” in his speech, including having a drink for each time he mentions himself.  Perhaps if Mr. Obama could forgo his ego, “for a change”, we could all have a sobering evening, instead of waking up in the morning with another hangover. 

(East of Eden also contributed to this post)

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