Mindboggling in Massachusetts
The Republicans are coming, the Republicans are coming… to Massachusetts.
The Senate seat comfortably held by Edward Kennedy for nearly half a century has gone to Republican Scott Brown.
We can only imagine what the late “Liberal Lion” of the Senate would have thought if he were still alive.
Democrats politely congratulated Brown, who defeated Democrat Martha Coakley, knowing full well that the dynamics have changed. Democrats no longer have a 60-vote filibuster-proof Senate — and that can affect their plans for healthcare reform.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid made clear he wanted to make sure procedure was followed to seat Brown. “We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received.”
(We’re not implying anything but anyone who has worked in Washington knows that paperwork can mysteriously arrive or not as convenient).
Brown made clear he is in a rush to take his place among the 100 senators in Washington. “I’m ready to go to Washington without delay,” he said in his victory speech.
Can the Democrats somehow ram healthcare legislation through Congress and to President Barack Obama to sign into law before Mr. Brown goes to Washington?
If they can’t, Brown has made clear that he won’t be helping the Democrats in their quest for healthcare reform: “It will raise taxes, it will hurt Medicare, it will destroy jobs and run our nation deeper into debt,” the newest Senator (to be) said.
Why do you think Massachusetts chose Republican in this election?
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Photo credit: Reuters/Brian Snyder (Brown at victory rally)