Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Earth is Moving in Massachusetts

Republican upstart Scott Brown is poised to be the first Republican Senator in Massachusetts since 1979. The special election vote will be held on Tuesday and has come down to nothing less than a referendum on the Obama Administration held in the most Democratic state in the country. Who would have thought? A victory for Brown will likely sink the entire Obama legislative agenda including the controversial health care plan. The plan circulating through Congress is, ironically, essentially the same plan that Massachusetts now has.

The Republican candidate. Martha Coakley, has the appearance of a patrician, but her campaign statements make Sarah Palin seem like a Rhodes Scholar. She labeled famed Red Sox pitcher Curt Shilling a "yankee fan" and vacantly commented that "there are no terrorists in Afghanistan." This latter statement was made two weeks after terrorists blew up eight CIA operatives in southern Afghanistan. When Coakley discusses the health care bill, one thing is certain: she doesn't understand the bill and is not familiar with any of its important provisions. The only thing Ms. Coakley seems to know about Obamacare is that she supports it.

The Massachusetts voter, however, is familiar with Obamacare and opposes it.

Win, lose, or draw, the Massachusetts Senate race shows that the independent voter has deserted the Obama Administration. This November there will be change that the president can believe in.