Brown: The Aftermath
Now that Republican Scott Brown has won the election to fill Massachusetts’ US Senate seat left empty by Sen. Ted Kennedy’s long overdue yet far too quick death, what will be the response from President Obama and his Liberals who currently rule Congress?
Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) breaks the Dems super-majority in the Senate and, theoretically puts the Liberals’ entire destructive, neo-Socialist agenda at immediate and significant risk.
Worse for the traitorous Left, Brown’s campaign was centered on opposition to President Obama visions for a 2nd Reconstruction of- or replacement for America – especially ObamaCare.
I’m ambivalent about how Brown ran his campaign largely as a referendum against Obama. It’s too similar to Obama’s presidential campaign, which was against Bush rather than McCain.
While I’m very happy that it worked for Brown and, by extension, Americans as a whole, I didn’t like it when Obama ran his campaign that way and I don’t like it that Brown followed suit. In my rarely humble opinion campaigns should be ran against one’s opponent, not a third party.
What exactly President Obama and his Liberals’ immediate response will be to Sen. Brown’s somewhat shocking defeat of Martha Coakley is a matter of some discussion and seems to be fraught with great deal contradictory evidence and statements by Democrat politicians.
There has been some talk that the Democrats would delay formally seating Sen. Brown until after the final ObamaCare vote had been completed, allowing for interim Senator Paul Kirk, a staunch Liberal, to cast the 60th vote. Such an idea is reinforced by President Obama moving his State of the Union address forward to January 27, 2010, but that might just be that he didn’t want to preempt the season opener of Lost.
There has also been talk of fast-tracking the reconciliation process of the House and Senate versions of ObamaCare, thereby passing it before Brown was formally seated as a Senator and able to vote on the matter. But these discussions long predate Brown’s election. They started, at President Obama’s behest, in early November and have much more to do with controlling dissenting Democrats than they do with any Republican.
Despite the dire predictions and theories being put forth by various people, Brown’s election to the Senate seems to have been a reality check or wake-up call for some of the congressional Democrats. Some of them are saying things that directly contradict the dystopian predictions referenced above.
On the matter of seating Sen. Brown (R-MA):
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.
— Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV)
With both the level of national scrutiny Massachusetts will receive during the confirmation process and the healthy 5% margin Scott Brown won by I’m not expecting any delays in the process. I am likewise fairly, if not completely, confident that the Dems have enough self-interest that Reid and his cronies will abide by this promise.
On the matter of passing ObamaCare before Sen. Brown is seated:
In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process. It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated.
— Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA)
The only way to go forward is to take a step back.
If there isn’t any recognition that we got the message and we are trying to recalibrate and do things differently, we are not only going to risk looking ignorant but arrogant. When you start to see large numbers of independent voters say we don’t like it and you have large number of progressives who feel a lot of the basic things they were in it for, it is not a very successful formula for us.
I don’t think it would be the worst thing to take a step back and say we are going to pivot to do a jobs thing and include elements of health care reform in it.
— Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY)
Scott Brown, a Conservative-sounding Republican with a populist message, winning the Senate seat that Ted Kennedy polluted for 47 years must have sounded like the Trumpet of Doom to many Democrats since this is an election year with 36 out of 100 Senate seats and all 435 House seats in play.
Neither Sen. Webb or Rep Weiner are “Blue Dogs.” In point of fact, Rep. Weiner is one of the most ardent supporters of ObamaCare. If both of them are willing to publicly question the wisdom of pushing forward on their ideas of “reform” in a purely partisan and unilateral manner, it indicates that Congress just got a very rude awakening and might just adjust its behavior somewhat.
There’s no way that I think America is safe yet; the Leftist hardliners like Obama, Reid, Pelosi, and their coterie aren’t going to skulk away quietly and lick their wounds. Yet, the reaction to Scott Brown’s election is at least a little heartening since it shows that, even if they don’t understand or care for America, the Liberals do understand fear and will respond to threats if they’re made bluntly enough.
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