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Interesting choice of words for the headline…
The US Republican party’s shock win in the Massachusetts Senate race threatens to derail President Obama’s healthcare plan.
It is not just questions of policy: for Mr. Obama and the Democrats, already worried about the coming midterm elections, the results could hardly have been more distressing. States do not come more Democratic than Massachusetts, the only one that voted for George McGovern over Richard Nixon in 1972, a fact that older residents still recount with fresh pride. By challenging the legacy of Edward M. Kennedy, the holder of the contested seat for 46 years and a liberal icon, the Republican victory could only be dispiriting to the left.
Brown, by contrast, was the people’s genius, a guy’s guy who conveyed genuineness — the antithesis of everything Americans despise in Washington. The un-elitist, Brown was more than an alternative to his rival. He was a reformer promising change to a people weary of hope.
Democrats trying to paint Republicans as the “Party of No” were simply being crushed by a candidate who was saying, “Oh, yes we can, but not like this.” Remorseful independents who had voted for the unifying and faux-centrist Barack Obama responded to the candidate who seemed to be in touch with their reality.
On the surface, Brown’s success, especially among independents, suggests that the GOP tent is expanding to make room even for moderate, pro-choice candidates like Brown. Have fiscal conservatives displaced social conservatives as the base?
*Disclaimer- I’m NOT a fan of his position on Same-Sex Marriage.*
Byron W. Brown beat Michael P. Kearns in the Buffalo mayoral primary.
Gotta love Slate. :)
Please say this seems a little odd, right?
Who are these people *movie stars* to be giving historical/political snippets in between, rock star…um, never mind. Just never mind.
State of the State Address 2009
David A. Paterson, Governor
“Courage and hope are the birthright of every New Yorker.”
Sometimes it scares the hell out of me knowing I live in New York.
“Since our budget deficit has been growing by millions of dollars a day…”