The Paineful Truth wrote:This is enormous. Kennedy's seat being won by a Republican. Incredible! Not just that, but it would never have happened but for Obamacare, Cap & Trade, and above all, Democrat high-handedness. Is (was?) there a bluer state than Massachusetts? There is no doubt that this was a referendum on national issues. Brown campaigned solely on those issues.
"By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April's breeze unfurled;
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard 'round the world."
Massachusetts heard from on the brink again.
This is an example of the reactionary, emotional black-and-white type of thinking that is the cause of our problems today. Supporting a candidate merely because he talks a good talk about opposing the currently discredited majority party is idiocy. . . do you realise TPT that the motives that got Brown elected are the exact same motives that got Obama elected? Reactionism and emotion, not a focus on the actual fucking person you are voting for. Does anyone give a crap about the fact that you are voting *for* someone? No, they only care about voting against the other guy. Hence we get the downward back-and-forth spiral that has led our political system into the gutter. Shit A or shit B, take your pick slave. Oh, shit A is in charge and shit B says that they dont like shit A, lets vote for shit B then! Seriously. Pathetic.
No one knows or cares what Brown stands for, all they care is that he gives the *appearance* of opposition, of difference, and thus it gives voters a sense of revenge and gloating self-righteousness to vote for him. The motives behind voting for Brown are as impure and idiotic as the motives were for voting for Obama.
Not to mention that the disorganisation and internal differences within the DFL over health care and other major issues is likely a huge cause of the lack of voter support for Coakley. This election is more the work of the infighting and uncertainty among DFL members and voters, combined with the idiocy of "conservative" voters who just want to stick it to Obama and dont care how they do it.