What an awesome night!! I'm going to be honest, politically I haven't been this excited since 2004. A Republican wins a senate seat in the liberal mecca of Massachusetts by 5 percentage points!! Just a snapshot of what happened last night:
Brown led by 52 per cent to 47 percent with all but 3 percent of precincts counted. Turnout was exceptional for a special election in January, with light snow reported in parts of the state. More voters showed up at the polls Tuesday than in any non-presidential general election in Massachusetts since 1990.
One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama's swearing-in, the election played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, Wall Street bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.
"I voted for Obama because I wanted change. ... I thought he'd bring it to us, but I just don't like the direction that he's heading," said John Triolo, 38, a registered independent who voted in Fitchburg.
He said his frustrations, including what he considered the too-quick pace of health care legislation, led him to vote for Brown.
For weeks considered a long shot, Brown seized on voter discontent to overtake Coakley in the campaign's final stretch. His candidacy energized Republicans, including backers of the "tea party" protest movement, while attracting disappointed Democrats and independents uneasy with where they felt the nation was heading.
What amazes me is that you would think the Democrats would take stock and realize the message this sends. The American people are trying to communicate that they do not want the Democrats' version of Health Care "reform". Yet, when I turned to MSNBC for comic relief I see Chris Matthews saying that the Democrats now HAVE to pass Health Care no matter what, or they are done. What???
Then I got to see Keith Olbermann's irrational tirade about Scott Brown. He calls Brown, "homophobic, racist, sexist, reactionary and a supporter of violence against women" among other things. If Rush or Hannity said anything close to this about a Democrat, you'd never hear the end of it. My jaw just dropped and I'm left thinking that Olbermann (besides being bitter) seriously has a mental illness, seriously!!!
Rep. Weiner is living in reality and admitted earlier, pre-election that if Brown did win, Health Care might indeed be dead.
It will be interesting to see how quickly the Democrats seat Brown and if they try to ram Health Care down our throats. Democrat Senator Jim Webb has already called for Health Care talks to be suspended until Brown is seated.
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Other excited bloggers weighing in:
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~~A Blue State Turns BROWN!!!
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~~The New Political Landscape is BROWN
~~The Boston Tea Party
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~~Scott Brown's win - a victory for the center