18 January 2010

The mess in Massachusetts

Unbelievably, state Sen. Scott Brown appears poised to pull one of the biggest upsets in recent political history. Tomorrow, the Senate seat that has been held by a member of the Kennedy family since 1952 will likely be won by a Republican.

Of course -- as will likely happen in October-November 2010 in his home state of Illinois -- the Changemaker attempted an 11th-hour campaign blitz that likely will do little to stem the astounding freefall of Martha Coakley, the Massachusetts attorney general and unfortunate Democratic candidate.

Aside from the likely breakup of the Democrats' filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, it's always nice to see an overzealous, unscrupulous law enforcement official lose an election. (A big hat tip to Radley Balko, aka The Agitator, for his superb work in unearthing Coakley's, let's say, spotty record as a prosecutor.)

The Brown-Coakley race truly is an example of how unpopular the Obama agenda is. As I've noted before, the levels of unpopularity of this liberal cabal, less than a year after the Obama administration took office, are astounding even to me. Massachusetts is of course one of America's most liberal states, and hasn't elected a Republican to the Senate since 1972. Recent polls suggest not only is Coakley viewed unfavorably, but the president's approval/disapproval rating among likely voters is 44/43. That's horrendous.

If Brown in fact hangs on to win the Massachusetts seat, the result will be unspinnable for Democrats. In the wake of Obama's election, Kennedy's death, the health care vote, and even as the Bush Era continues to linger, the fact that the Democrats can't hold this seat in ultra-liberal Massachusetts is mind-boggling.

November will be a bloodbath.

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