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Monday, January 18, 2010

The Coakley-Brown Race

Like many Americans, I have been watching the run-up to the special election in Massachusetts (NOTE: NOT SPELLED MASSACHUSETTES, WITH AN "E")with amazement. Massachusetts is true-blue of a blue state, and this election is for long-time Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, for goodness' sake. How could this race become so close that Obama feels he needs to campaign on Sunday for the Democratic candidate, State Attorney General Martha Coakley?

The challenger, Scott Brown, is a Massachusetts state senator whose platform is in stark contrast to the current House's, Senate's, and Obama's. Brown has promised to stand firm against the health care bill now being consolidated from the House and Senate bills that were both passed a few weeks ago.

Whether or not Brown wins tomorrow, it is remarkable that he can garner so much support in as "safe" a democratic stronghold as you might wish to name.

I attempt to keep this blog mostly free from politics, although honestly I've had a hard time holding back lately. Mr. Obama, Ms. Pelosi, Mr. Reid, I hope you're listening to WE THE PEOPLE.


Philangelus said...

We've gotten between four and eight political phone calls every day for the last few days. I can't wait for Wednesday when it's done.

If a Republican can garner this much support HERE, in Kennedy territory, then the Democrats need to take a long hard look in the mirror, and then start playing defense.

IMHO, most Americans are fed up with both parties. Whoever is in power is going to get it until the whole system collapses and we come up with new parties.

Amy Deardon said...

Philangelus, I so agree! The Republicans do not seem to be standing up for the peoples' rights either. Part of it is that the Democrats, with filibuster-proof majorities, have shut them out of debates, but Republicans have not been speaking loud and clear either. The most articulate Republican voices right now are talk show personalities.