Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Answer of the day

The question of the day was:

What do Massachusetts GOP Senate candidate Scott Brown and the pool enclosure have in common?

The answer of the day:

I doubt either would get 50% in November.

Needless to say, I'm glad that Scott Brown won. Obama's sellout to Big Phrma and Big Insurance... coupled with The Louisiana Purchase, The Cornhusker Kickback, The Dodd Disbursement... all left a really horrible taste in my mouth, though there are changes that can and should be made to the healthcare system.

Tim White


Anonymous said...

US Senator Scott Brown can build up a lot of support and goodwill through the next three years, before he runs for re-election in 2012. Don't presume the Dems will take back this seat in '12.

Even Ted Kennedy's home precinct in Hyannis voted
2-1 for Brown. This portends a fundamental shift to the right.

tim white said...

This portends a fundamental shift to the right.

I disagree. I think this represents anger toward the cozy relationship between Washington and Wall Street.

It's less about left vs. right and more about the populists vs. the corporatists / political class.

Dodd is gone because last March we all saw that he represented The Political Class. I suspect that a Dennis Kucinich / Ron Paul / Bernie Sanders / Jim Demint will have no problem with reelection.

It's The Political Class that will pay the price next November. (fingers crossed!)

Anonymous said...

"I doubt (Brown) would get 50% in November".

Not so fast. Statewide voter turnout yesterday was over 50%, about the same as in the 2006 Governor's election. Mass. voter turnout in Presidential years is typically 60-70%.

Scott Brown did not win because of low voter turnout in a special election. His margin of victory is attributable to 75% of Independents and 25% of Dems going for Brown. He is well within range of repeating this in 2012.

Anonymous said...

The Democrats are looking to delay the seating of our elected US Senator Scott Brown, so they can push through Obamacare, which is opposed by most of the American people.

If Reid or John Kerry try to play games to delay Brown's seating, Democrats nationally will pay hell.

Brown's 110,000 vote margin exceeds the number of uncounted absentee ballots, so there is no question of the final outcome. The Mass. Secretary of State says he will unofficially certify Brown, short of the final official vote count.

The US Senate can swear-in Brown tomorrow, based on this unofficial certification. They did so in 1962 for the newly-elected Ted Kennedy.

This is the people's Senate seat, not Reid's, not Kerry's, and not the Democrat's seat.

MS, Boston

Tim White said...

Yeah... I was wrong. I read that Mass turnout was the highest for a nonPresidential since 1990.