Huge test of Democratic rule

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This race shouldn't even be close. A Republican? Within reach of the Senate seat long held by liberal lion Ted Kennedy? In ocean-blue Massachusetts?

It's true. And while Democrat Martha Coakley may yet win in next Tuesday's special election, the fact that Republican state Sen. Scott Brown is within striking distance in most polls -- and ahead in at least one -- is a huge statement about Coakley, about Democratic bungling in Washington and about the historic collapse of Barack Obama's popularity.

Coakley, the state's attorney general, is turning out to be a disaster of a candidate. In a debate Monday, she ludicrously claimed that we'd done everything we can in Afghanistan -- and that there are no terrorists left there.

Pundits were comparing her Grand Canyon-sized gaffe with President Gerald Ford's assertion in a 1976 presidential debate that Poland was not under Soviet influence. Someone with a fiendish sense of humor loaded a video of her ridiculous claim onto the Internet -- alongside a video of Afghanistan's most recent suicide bomber.

Then, following a lobbyist-fueled fund-raiser in Washington this week, Coakley ignored invitations from the press to explain her statement about Afghanistan -- and as she walked away, an aide of hers reportedly knocked a reporter to the ground. She claimed to have no first-hand knowledge of it -- but an Associated Press photographer caught her looking at the journalist on the ground.

Still, the Massachusetts Senate race is mostly being seen as a referendum on Democratic rule in general and the health-care reform debacle in particular. Brown has promised to be the 41st vote needed in the U.S. Senate to block the Democrats' ominous takeover of health care.

That such a promise would play as well as it is in Massachusetts -- home of Ted Kennedy and a model for government-centric health care -- is an astounding statement of voters' revulsion at the thought of government health care.

Expect a crescendo of excitement and suspense next Tuesday, as political observers across the country watch the outcome of this one, telltale race.

The thing is, with the race so tight, Democrats may already have lost: Win or lose, the Republican has made a resounding statement about the likely fortunes of Democrats and their ill-conceived health-care bill.

The election isn't until Tuesday. But the referendum may already be over.

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keysandlocks
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keysandlocks 01/16/10 - 06:57 am
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How fitting it is that the

How fitting it is that the second revolution of the people should begin in the same area as the first. We the people will take back our counrtry from those who would destroy it!

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 01/16/10 - 07:06 am
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Massachusetts already suffers

Massachusetts already suffers under a state run version of the government health care and the federal version is 50 times worse. Even the most dense loyal Dems eventually realize the moisture falling on them isn't always rain.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 01/16/10 - 07:38 am
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well put johnston.cliff

well put johnston.cliff

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/16/10 - 07:56 am
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I see Obama has dropped

I see Obama has dropped everything to head up to Ma. Hopefully, this will be just as successful as his trips to Copenhagen to get the Olympics and a climate agreement. I don't see Brown actually winning, Coakley has gone negative in ads. But, even the fact that this race is close says much about the Obama administration.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/16/10 - 08:01 am
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jtf, Hey, cut him some slack.

jtf, Hey, cut him some slack. He said he against going before he was for going.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/16/10 - 08:33 am
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Obama is heading to MA. I

Obama is heading to MA. I wonder if the jack booted Panthers will go along with him to manage things at election sites? No way they will let Brown win. Obama will work out a deal as he did to get the health care plan votes and say if MA elects the Democrat, the state will be exempt from income taxes for the next 6 years.

wizzardx1
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wizzardx1 01/16/10 - 08:40 am
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Since when has any party

Since when has any party RULED in America?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 01/16/10 - 08:50 am
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Interesting that the

Interesting that the editorial in the NY Times today says Obama is toxic. Probably better if he doesn't go.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/16/10 - 08:57 am
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It's better for the GOP if he

It's better for the GOP if he DOES go. Hopefully the election will turn out like the rest of his "great ideas".

orgpsych
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orgpsych 01/16/10 - 08:58 am
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Why is every vote in this

Why is every vote in this country where a Republican is running for office seen as a referndum on the Health Care Reform bill? Or Democratic "rule?" Or the Obama Administration? Maybe if it said that way often enough people will start to believe it. Create a fiction and say it loudly enough and long enough and eventually it will be accepted as the truth. Or maybe, just maybe, it is about the people of Massachussetts trying to decide who will represent their interests during the next term. If there are so many die hard Republicans there, why did Ted Kennedy always win? Maybe he represented the values and interests of the people of Massachussetts in the way that they wanted. Naaahhhh! This must be all about Tea Parties and sending a messsage about whomever or whatever you don't happen to like. Yeeeaaahhh! That's the ticket!!!

slippery 25
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slippery 25 01/16/10 - 09:00 am
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Go Scott!!! Save us.

Go Scott!!! Save us.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/16/10 - 09:03 am
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orgy, 60 votes in the Senate

orgy, 60 votes in the Senate is significant. Dust off your middle school civics textbook.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 01/16/10 - 09:17 am
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Orgppsych, do you really

Orgppsych, do you really believe political events outside MA have nothing to do with the election?

KSL
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KSL 01/16/10 - 09:36 am
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I certainly hope orgpsych is

I certainly hope orgpsych is not a professor.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/16/10 - 09:39 am
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I'm thinking more along the

I'm thinking more along the lines of "thesis subject".

kulay294
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kulay294 01/16/10 - 09:40 am
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What have we been saying

What have we been saying about 2010 and 2012. The Communist aka Democrats cannot use logic or common since while in office. They're to stupid!!!!!

Chillen
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Chillen 01/16/10 - 10:25 am
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orgp this election is about

orgp this election is about unhappiness with Obama and the democrats the exact same way that the 2008 elections were about unhappiness with Bush and the republicans. Funny thing is it only took the public 1 year for unhappiness to set in with Obama. For Bush it was about 5 or 6. I really hope Brown wins but don't get too excited about the health care situation. The dems have lots of tricks up their sleeves including, but not limited to ramming it through before he is sworn in, delaying his swearing in and using the reconciliation process which only requires 51 votes. They will stop at nothing. They are mad with power, like a rabid dog.

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dashiel 01/16/10 - 10:44 am
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Brown is a comfortable

Brown is a comfortable campaigner who knows how to hit all the populist buttons. Coakley is an uptight campaigner with all the personality of a bowl of bran flakes. Brown has no accomplishments he can point to as a state senator. Coakley has a solid record of accomplishments as a district attorney and as attorney general of Massachusetts. Brown drives an old truck all over the state. On Choosesday, Massachusetts voters will have to choose. Maybe it's as simple as choosing between a water carrier for the Republican party and a water carrier for the Democrats. This is not American Idol. The question voters should ask themselves is: What Can Brown Do For You? The answer is clear: tax breaks for the rich and tax breaks for companies that outsource jobs.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/16/10 - 10:46 am
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I just hope is snows or rains

I just hope is snows or rains on election day.

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/16/10 - 10:46 am
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Chillen, I'd like to join

Chillen, I'd like to join your fan club. Well said!

LancelotLink
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LancelotLink 01/16/10 - 10:47 am
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dashiel - Thanks for the

dashiel - Thanks for the barometer check. Once again I'm on the right path since you disagree.

Chillen
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Chillen 01/16/10 - 10:49 am
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*it* once again, I can't type

*it* once again, I can't type today. and thanks lancelot.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 01/16/10 - 10:50 am
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One can substitute "Obama"

One can substitute "Obama" for "Brown" and "McCain" for "Coakley" in dasboards post and it rings truer still.

dashiel
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dashiel 01/16/10 - 11:03 am
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Lancelot, if you have a net

Lancelot, if you have a net worth of five million or above, you have made the right choice. If not, then you're just another Depends Packer For Truth.

dashiel
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dashiel 01/16/10 - 11:05 am
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P.S. Fortunately, neither

P.S. Fortunately, neither one of us can vote in Massachusetts, so it's moot.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 01/16/10 - 11:09 am
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Is a Depends Packer For Truth

Is a Depends Packer For Truth walking around with a load of Obama in their depends? Hope they have some Pelosi paper and maybe some wet Reid wipes.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 01/16/10 - 11:14 am
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I saw a clip of a Haitian

I saw a clip of a Haitian crying out "Obama, why don't you help us?" and I had to think "That scene will be Detroit by 2012".

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 01/16/10 - 11:16 am
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A possible David is coming to

A possible David is coming to slay the socialist satin. Well said, Chillen.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/16/10 - 11:20 am
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One thing about Dashiel....He
Unpublished

One thing about Dashiel....He always packs his depends.

Ayetidiosi
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Ayetidiosi 01/16/10 - 11:22 am
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PU: Somehow I think ol Dash's

PU: Somehow I think ol Dash's is in cleanup and emptying of those depends rather than the supply side.

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