BOSTON – In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leaving 's in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office.
Addressing an exuberant victory celebration Tuesday night, Brown declared he was "ready to go to Washington without delay" as the crowd chanted, "Seat him now." Democrats indicated they would, deflating a budding controversy over whether they would try to block Brown long enough to complete congressional passage of the health care plan he has promised to oppose.
"The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received," said, D-Nev. William Galvin said he would notify the Senate on Wednesday that Brown had been elected.
The loss by the once-favored Democrat Martha Coakley in the Democratic stronghold was a stunning embarrassment for the White House after Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to save the foundering candidate. Her defeat on Tuesday signaled big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.
So it seems that Democrats are literate enough to read handwriting on the wall.
The lead Democrat lawyer in Al Franken's theft of his Senate seat flew to Boston but it seems that there will be no effort to tie the race up in the courts until every bus station men's room in the state can be searched for bags of uncounted ballots, which would all just happen to be cast for Coakley.
They won't even try to stall Mr. Brown's certification until Pelosi can twist enough House Democrat arms to vote for the Senate bill as-is.
Jim Webb, indicating that he really wants to be reelected, called on his fellow Democrats to hold any vote until Brown was seated and other Dems are calling for starting over on the whole process.
In other words the Democrats are pulling in their horns and starting to act like they actually believe that they owe some deference to the people who put them in office.
Gone is the talk of passing a health care bill no matter what the voters want. Gone is the talk of doubling down on the Obama administration's ultra left-wing agenda.
This change in tone is not coming from the White House. What I wouldn't give to be a fly on the wall there tonight and tomorrow as the preening narcissist in chief has to deal with the fact that the entire earth doesn't revolve around him.