Jon Stewart gets a bit worked up explaining how the democrats managed to screw the pooch by the numbers in the recent Massachusetts special election, but then he is a liberal democrat. I’m right leaning Libertarian, but as a political junkie, I feel his pain. The democrats did really screw this up. Stewart fails to mention that they completely misread the mood of the voters in the Commonwealth. Much like the Republicans failed to correctly read the mood of the voters when they got their collective asses handed to them in the 2006 & 2008 elections.
Very funny, very entertaining, reasonably accurate, and still fairly partisan. He did his best to play down Senator Brown, who has a solid resume in the State Senate, with a more solid voting record that a former Illinois State Senator who voted “present” most of the time before being elected to the U.S. Senate. He also has a law degree (the modeling helped pay for law school) and has been in the state National Guard for decades. Senator Brown worked hard during the campaign and managed to pulled ahead of the 30 point lead Martha Coakley had a month before the election (a lead she had just for having a “D” after her name). As Mr. Stewart points out, Senator Brown had some help from Martha Coakley.
Now, I’ve been a resident of the Commonwealth for several decades, and what I have been hearing in the aftermath of this election is interesting. First off, you have to remember that that “unenrolled” or independent voters out number both democrats and republicans in Massachusetts. Independents are the majority party. They tend to vote democrat, unless the democrats really piss them off, which they have. First we have our incompetent governor, Deval Patrick, a good friend of Barack Obama. Add to that several democrat legislators being arrested by federal Law Enforcement agents for blatant and widespread corruption. This is Massachusetts, we expect a certain level of corruption from our democrat politicians, but democrat State Diane Wilkerson, who has attended state senate sessions with an tracking ankle bracelet when she was convicted of massive non-payment of taxes, was arrested by federal agents in sting operation, when she shoved the bribe money she took from them in her bra. Why shove the money in her bra? Well, it seems that her purse was already full of cash she had collected in bribes early in the day.
OK, so the environment wasn’t the best for a big machine democrat party candidate. So what did the democrats nominate? A big machine democrat party candidate.
What was the result of that? Not only did independents in Massachusetts go for Senator Brown, but so did 20% of registered democrats. Let’s review that one again, 20% of the registered democrats in Massachusetts voted for the Republican candidate.
It is very interesting to hear what those democrats who voted for Senator Brown have to say. A lot were simply not happy (to put it mildly) with Martha Coakley. Then there are the elderly voters. The ones who remember John F. Kennedy and voted for him. These voters voted for Senator Scott Brown, because they say he reminds them of the late President Kennedy. One of those voters said that Scott Brown was a Jack Kennedy democrat, not a Ted Kennedy democrat. When it was pointed that Brown was a Republican, the democrat voter responded that Jack Kennedy was strong on national defense and believed in across the board tax cuts to grow the economy, like Scott Brown.
So ya, the democrats, as Jon Stewart pointed out, screwed the pooch by the numbers. The Republicans, unlike their recent performances, manged not to screw up. There were more than capable of dropping the ball the democrats handed them, but Scott Brown worked hard and had a message that sounded really good to a majority of Massachusetts voters. The more the voters learned about him, the more they liked him. The more they learned about Martha Coakley, the less they liked her.
As conservative commentator Ann Coulter said, “They win in the dark; we win in the light.”