You may not be aware, but there is a crucial election that is going to take place on January 19th – a special election to fill the late Senator Ted Kennedy’s seat representing Massachusetts.  Steve Tum of Common Cents provided me the necessary motivation to post on it.  The Republican in this race is State Senator Scott Brown.  His Democratic opponent is Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakle.

Not only does Brown serve in the State Senate, but has been a member for the Massachusetts Army National Guard for 29 years.  Brown articulated a core set of beliefs when he announced his candidacy on September 12.

  • Government is too big and that the federal stimulus bill made government bigger instead of creating jobs
  • Taxes are too high and are going higher if Congress continues with its out-of-control spending
  • The historic amount of debt we are passing on to our children and grandchildren is immoral
  • Power concentrated in the hands of one political party, as it is here in Massachusetts, leads to bad government and poor decisions
  • A strong military and vigorous homeland defense will protect our interests and security around the world and at home
  • All Americans deserve health care, but we shouldn’t have to create a new government insurance program to provide it

He represents the first chance to break the filibuster proof majority currently enjoyed by Senate Democrats.  Brown who enjoys the support of Massachusetts Citizens for Life represents a threat to the health care reform bill.  So much so that the Boston Herald reports that should Scott Brown win Democrats will stall his swearing-in, in order to pass health-care reform.  William Jacobson says that voters need to call the Democrats bluff:

Voters need to call the Democrats’ bluff. The deliberate delay of Brown’s certification in order to push through the health care bill will cause a political explosion unlike anything we have seen before.

There are certain red lines which no one has crossed before. And refusing to seat a duly elected Senator, for the sole purpose of excluding that Senator from voting on a particular piece of legislation, crosses that line.

Democrats are threatening to break the democratic links which bind us as a nation. The electoral outrage at such a tactic will be generational, and the Democratic leadership in Washington knows it.

If on the day of the health care vote, the duly elected Scott Brown shows up at the Senate to claim his seat for the vote, will Harry Reid instruct the Capitol Police to bar Brown from the chamber and from casting his vote? Will that be the legacy of health care "reform"?
The voters of Massachusetts need to call the Democrats bluff on this.

Will we have a revolution in Massachusetts underfoot?  One can only hope so.  Massachusetts has been a Democrat stronghold in a larger Northeast bastion of liberalism (where even the Republicans are largely liberal, Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH) notwithstanding, but he’s retiring), but this race has become a losable race for the Democrats.

Anyway, I’d like to encourage any reader who lives in Massachusetts to vote for Scott Brown on January 19th.  I’d also like to encourage all readers who are able and feel so led to contribute to his campaign.

He may be our best shot at derailing Obamacare.  He’ll be the 41st vote.

7 comments
  1. Look at this guys Abortion rating from NARAL on this link

    http://www.votesmart.org/issue_rating_category.php?can_id=18919&type=category&category=2&go.x=6&go.y=17

    Plus check out his Abortion stance statement below
    Abortion
    While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor, I believe we need to reduce the number of abortions in America. I believe government has the responsibility to regulate in this area and I support parental consent and notification requirements and I oppose partial birth abortion. I also believe there are people of good will on both sides of the issue and we ought to work together to support and promote adoption as an alternative to abortion.
    http://www.brownforussenate.com/issues

    This looks like another Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe, Susan Collins headache here. Sorry but not this time. We have to have candidates that care for the Party Platform

    1. @Michael Ryan, Well I’m looking at Massachusetts Citizens for Life support. Is he as solidly pro-life as I would like throughout his career? Based on NARAL’s profile no. They don’t have anything more recent than 2005 though.

      MCFL is calling him a pro-life vote in the Senate and look at what he will support – parental consent & notification bills, adoption promotion. He’s against partial birth abortion.

      While is he as conservative as say Congressman Steve King (R-IA)? No, but I wouldn’t categorize him with Specter, Snowe or Collins, they wouldn’t make even the commitments he has made on abortion.

      He’s against the out of control spending, the health care reform bill, and even against gay marriage (again how is he like Specter?). He is certainly better than the alternative, but if I were a voter in Massachusetts I could vote for him, not just against his opponent. I’m not sure we’ll see anyone better coming out of Massachusetts with even this much of a chance to win.

      So while he wouldn’t be my dream candidate, I don’t agree that he would be as bad as Specter, Snowe or Collins.

  2. I forwarded this to my daughter and son-in-law (to be) so if they are voting they would know about Scott. Thanks for doing this post!

    P. S. I really love that header with the coffee beans! I always want a cup of coffee when I see it.
    .-= Dominique´s last blog ..Launching Date SET! =-.

  3. Doesn’t Scott Brown support requiring people by law to obtain health insurance? That’s what the 2006 Massachutts health care law (signed in by Mitt Romney) requires and he says he supports that. All you have to do is check Scott Brown’s own website under Issues

    Scott Brown seems like another politician who uses partisanship to get elected. I do not see him as the type to stand on principle if elected.

    This kind of reminds me how conservatives were so excited about getting Arnold Schwarzenegger elected Governor in California. Well they aren’t too excited about him now are they?

    Conservatives seem to be doomed to repeat history over and over again.

    1. @Alex, Thanks for the feedback. If he were running in Iowa and had a primary challenger I would likely view him differently, but he’s not.

      He’s running in Massachusetts. How likely is it to have conservative whom you can fully check off and agree with win there? Next to impossible. He is against the health care reform bill being proposed in the House and Senate and said he would vote against it. Has the Democrat promised that? He also under the issues points out the problem with that Massachusetts bill – funding it. Why didn’t you mention that?

      I personally wouldn’t have voted for that bill. Regarding his use of partisanship, well that’s your opinion. I guess you’d have to look at his entire career to really determine that which I doubt you have done.

      I am one who did not get excited about Schwarzenegger. I did not see him as a Conservative. He certainly was, for a time, a major improvement over Gray Davis, but I wasn’t under any illusions that he was moderate at best.

      I see this differently, there are key issues where he could be a help to Republicans and conservative causes. If he backtracks, if he breaks his promises, then someone more conservative needs to primary him.

      Who exactly should someone back in this race?

      By the way, in case you are new to this blog, I was behind Doug Hoffman’s candidacy. So I would hope that you won’t be quick to throw a label on me. I just see this as the best chance to see anyone who holds to any conservative principles win a Senate seat in Massachusetts in years and also break the filibuster-proof majority in the Senate. I think you and I agree that would be incredibly important with the upcoming final health care bill vote.

  4. Well, if the fundy christians don’t like Scott, I just might vote for him now. I do NOT want those who want a christian theocracy. I do not believe in the christian bible nor all of this rapture/armegeddon baloney. I want some one who represents Americans, not christians.

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