Jan 19, 2010 Political
In a stunning turnabout in American politics Scott Brown, a man given little chance only weeks ago, has come from behind to beat Martha Coakley to win the Senate seat formerly occupied by the late Ted Kennedy.
Kennedy held the seat for 47 years and was a leading proponent for government takeover of health care. The people of Massachusetts who put him in office all those many years, bucked his legacy and gave the seat to a person who, barring shenanigans, will effectively put an end to the current health care bills.
This is a historic moment for the state of Massachusetts and for the American people as they were able to get behind Brown and buck the radicals in DC. The left is working on spin to put this on the anger from the last administration but that is not true. Barack Obama, the once popular messianic figure of the left is 0 for 3 in candidates he campaigned for. The loss of the state houses in New Jersey and Virginia and now the US Senate seat in Massachusetts.
People are unhappy with the direction the country has taken and do not like the ham handed tactics deployed by Democrats intent on ramming things through regardless of public sentiment.
The consequences of those actions were felt tonight in very blue Massachusetts.
Beware Democrats, we are coming for you. Republicans who do not follow the will of the people, we are coming for you. We the People are taking our country back. If we can win in the bluest state in the union then we can win in your states as well.
Great Job Senator elect Brown.
Now go to DC and give them hell!!
Patriots, don’t quit now. We have not yet begun to fight.
Jan 16, 2010 Political
There is little disagreement on the need for health care reform. Health care, in its current configuration, is unsustainable and it needs to be fixed. The disagreement is in how to fix it. Conservatives want a free market approach that allows people to shop across state lines, less government interference, and more competition. The statists want the government to run the show and become the keepers of our health care. Government does not run anything efficiently and the estimates of the cost of their monstrosity are well below what the actual costs will be. One only needs to look at Massachusetts to see how the cost of “free” health care has skyrocketed to far above what was estimated and this has led to some people not being covered and care being rationed. Mitt Romney, a conservative of convenience, put this monster in place.
The people of Massachusetts have a chance to keep the rest of the country from suffering a similar fate by electing Scott Brown to fill the seat formerly occupied by Ted Kennedy’s rotund rear. Electing Brown will add a little more balance to the Senate and help keep Congress from rubber stamping Obama’s radical socialist agenda.
This will not be easy. The Democrats have mobilized and Obama himself is heading to the state to scare up support for the “yes” woman, Martha Coakley. Ted Kennedy is working the graveyards to scare up the dead people vote and the unions and community organizing groups, such as ACORN, are out in force to do whatever it takes to get Coakley elected.
Scott Brown needs to win and win by enough to keep from having a recount. Two problems emerge with a recount. The first is it will delay Brown’s arrival at the Senate and give the shady liberals more time to ram the current bill through. Second, Democrats ALWAYS find ballots when there is a recount. In elections where the Democrat is behind the liberal machine miraculously finds a stack of ballots that were “not counted.” It takes a while for them to emerge because it takes a while for union workers and ACORN thieves to sit in a room and fill them out. Democrats find ways to manufacture ballots that they need. If Al Gore had asked that the entire state of Florida be recounted Democrat operatives would have “found” enough votes to secure a victory for him.
Beating a recount will be hard and will take time so we need to ensure that the margin of victory is large enough not to have one. The Democrats are already working on contingencies for a Brown win. The state will delay, as long as it can, the certification of Brown. When Ted Kennedy won the special election for this seat he was sworn in the very next day. Kennedy is a Democrat and there are different rules for them. Niki Tsongas was in the House in three days after her special election victory.
But Brown will face a hurdle of however long the Democrats can make the wait. Once he is certified he must be sworn into the Senate and this will be done at the convenience of Joe Biden’s schedule. Look for Biden to be sent on an overseas mission if Brown wins.
Barney Frank is worried about the election and has told people that if Brown wins health care is dead. I assume he means this health care bill, not all health care but he is a drama queen and needs to deceive for maximum effect. He is good at it too. This is the guy who helped force banks to make risky loans, claimed that Fannie and Freddie MAC were not in trouble and then blamed it all on the banking industry. He is slick and he knows how to lie but he is right that this legislation would be in trouble.
Barney has his panties in a wad but the Democrats have a plan to use reconciliation in the Senate if Brown wins. This process is not supposed to be used for this type of legislation because it is for tax issues and budget issues. While health care will impact each of these it is not either of these. Democrats will have to scale the bill back in order to use reconciliation but once they get what they want they will try to add things in. Brown’s vote could prevent that from happening. The Democrats, who chastised Republicans for using all tools at their disposal, will use a tool that is not designed for this type of legislation in order to FORCE this bill on the public. The rules have never meant much to Democrats but more Americans are watching and there will be hell to pay if they play slick games which is especially true because conservatives are already looking to vote them out and liberals will be ticked off at the watered down legislation.
Patriots in Massachusetts, now is the time for you to band together to elect a man who can slow down this process and make these people listen to the public. You can elect a Senator who will not be a rubber stamp to every Obama/Pelosi/Reid gimmick that comes down the pike. Martha Coakley will vote in lockstep with these people and will help leave this country a vastly different (and much worse) place by the time Obama is out of office.
Everyone else, please call you Congress critters and tell them not to play games. Tell these temple monkeys that we will not tolerate reconciliation or delaying Brown’s certification and swearing in, should he win.
Tuesday has the potential to be a big day in US political history and the voters of Massachusetts have the chance to do something that will go down in the history books (not the rewritten ones liberals use) as a game changing moment in our history.
Vote for Scott Brown!
That is change you can believe in.
UPDATE: Another Coakly gaffe. Red Sox nation cannot be happy with her.
Jan 15, 2010 Political
Martha Coakley either does not want the job for which she is running or she is incredibly stupid and does not deserve it. I am betting on the latter rather than the former.
Coakley has had an ad out bashing Scott Brown and saying he voted to deny care to rape victims. This is not true. Brown included a conscience clause that says if a provider is opposed to certain treatment (morning after pill, abortion, etc) then that person does not have to provide that care. The person has to already have the status on file and the victim has to be offered the care from someone not opposed to giving it and at no additional cost.
Coakley was interviewed recently and she was caught by surprise with a question regarding the conscience clause.
Under the conscience clause, workers in health-care environments ranging from doctors to maintenance men can refuse to offer services, information, or advice to patients on issues like contraception, blood transfusions, etc..if the workers are morally against it.
This is how Martha Coakley handled a question about the conscience clause:
Ken Pittman: Right, if you are a Catholic, and believe what the Pope teaches that any form of birth control is a sin. ah you don’t want to do that.
Martha Coakley: No we have a separation of church and state Ken, lets be clear.
Ken Pittman: In the emergency room you still have your religious freedom.
Martha Coakley: (……uh, eh…um..) The law says that people are allowed to have that. You can have religious freedom but you probably shouldn’t work in the emergency room. [emphasis in original]
First of all there is no such thing as separation of church and state. The Constitution says Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof. Secondly, a hospital or other health care facility is NOT the state (maybe it will be under Obamacare) so this is an inane point for her to make.
I wonder if Coakley is aware of the number of Catholic hospitals across this country or that Catholics established some of the earliest ones. Many nuns become nurses to take care of people. Are we to believe that they should not be allowed to work in an ER because of their beliefs?
I wonder if Muslims had an objection to seeing a woman who is not a wife naked would Coakley say they should not work in health care?
It is amazing that the Constitution states that no religious test shall ever be required for any office but Coakley believes that perhaps we should exclude those whose religion forbids certain practices from working in certain venues.
A commenter at the source made a good point. The person wrote something like did Coakley then go to what naturally follows? A Catholic should never vote for a Democrat…
If a religious conviction should keep people from doing certain jobs that have aspects which conflict with their religious views then certainly they should never vote for people whose views do that.
The Democrats are already looking at this as a defeat and are working on ways to shield Obama.
I read that nearly 40% of the people in Massachusetts are Catholic. I do not know what is going to happen but ticking off this large a segment of the population does not seem very smart.
Jan 15, 2010 Political
This is encouraging. Scott Brown has taken the lead in the Massachusetts Senate race. According to the Boston Herald:
Riding a wave of opposition to Democratic health-care reform, GOP upstart Scott Brown is leading in the U.S. Senate race, raising the odds of a historic upset that would reverberate all the way to the White House, a new poll shows.
Although Brown’s 4-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley is within the Suffolk University/7News survey’s margin of error, the underdog’s position at the top of the results stunned even pollster David Paleologos.
“It’s a Brown-out,” said Paleologos, director of Suffolk’s Political Research Center. “It’s a massive change in the political landscape.”
The poll shows Brown, a state senator from Wrentham, besting Coakley, the state’s attorney general, by 50 percent to 46 percent, the first major survey to show Brown in the lead. Unenrolled long-shot Joseph L. Kennedy, an information technology executive with no relation to the famous family, gets 3 percent of the vote. Only 1 percent of voters were undecided.
This would truly cause Democrats to lose their collective minds.
It is a long shot and this is Massachusetts. Considering the Democrat’s machine it is going to be close as they come in to scare up the cemeteries and bus in the out of staters. But anything close is going to rock the Dems.
Most of the voters there are not affiliated with a party and a lot of folks are not happy with the current climate in DC.
The voters are looking at true climate change.
Jan 13, 2010 Political
While Scott Brown was in his home state connecting with voters Martha Coakley was in DC getting cozy with lobbyists and taking their money. Coakley indicated that the event in DC was a unity event that was planned in December after the primary. There is no dispute that it was planned then but what exactly was planned? The website Legal Insurrection reports that the event was organized by a professional fund raising group.
But in fact the event was organized by 4C Partners, a professional fundraising and campaign consulting organization. One of Coakley’s own fundraisers, Julia Hoffman, joined 4C Partners in mid-December 2009. Hoffman is the contact person on the fundraiser announcement.
So was this a unity event or a fund raiser? Do they really need a professional group to organize a unity event? Since when does a unity event involve lobbyists, many of whom are from companies with a big stake in health care? Since those very lobbyists ponied up large sums of money and they did it at an event that was organized by a professional fund raising group, we can only conclude that it was, in fact, a fund raiser.
Martha Coakley left Massachusetts and went to DC to raise money from lobbyists while Scott Brown stayed at home with the people he will represent once elected.
Coakley also witnessed an event that involved one of her people and a reporter. The reporter, John McCormack, claims that Michael Meehan, an Obama nominee who was dispatched to help Coakley, pushed him down as he tried to ask Coakley a question. I have no way of knowing what happened because I was not there. He could have tripped or he could have fallen over something but he claims he was pushed. All of this is moot because Coakley was right there even though she stated she was not “privy” to the event.
A video of the event (it does not show how McCormack fell) shows Coakley was right there looking at McCormack as he lay on the ground. A still photo makes it clear that Coakley was there and looking at him. Perhaps she did not see what happened and turned when she heard the commotion but since he was attempting to ask her a question it is likely that she was looking at him. It appears to me that she saw what happened. If he fell then she would have said she saw him fall or trip or whatever. Since she denied being privy, it is not out of the realm that she witnessed an assault and ignored it. Is this the kind of person Massachusetts wants representing the state? She is an officer of the court, of law enforcement, and it is quite possible she ignored a crime.
Coakley also told a blatant lie about Scott Brown with regard to a bill that he voted on. She claims he voted to withhold care for victims of rape. This is a lie. Brown required the bill to have language that allowed health care providers to not give the morning after pill if they had a religious or other moral objection to the procedure. The provider was required to already have his objections on file at the treatment facility and the victim was to be offered the service from someone who had no objection to giving it and at no additional cost.
In Coakley’s mind this is withholding care for rape victims and it is an absolute lie. In fact, the health care bill before Congress, the bill Coakley will vote for if elected, has nearly identical language in it regarding treatment of victims of rape.
Does this mean Coakley is in favor of withholding treatment from rape victims?
Brown’s daughters were out with him and defended their dad. Jammie Wearing Fool has the money quote at the end of the post about Brown and his daughters:
Behold the irony of castigating Brown on his stance with women to the fact Coakley is trotting out Bill Clinton for an appearance this week.
That, my friends, is pure irony.
Martha Coakley is a liar. She lied about the DC event and what it really was. She was less than honest about the incident involving the alleged assault of a reporter and she lied about Brown’s stance on treatment of rape victims.
Take a look at the photo of Coakley staring at the man on the ground and then look at this photo of Scott Brown. Which one is the true defender of the people and which one feels it is OK to run roughshod over those with whom they disagree?
The thoughts and prayers of the Big Dog family go out to the people of Haiti who have been devastated by a terrible earthquake. Americans will rally to help them but as you do please be careful to whom you send your money. The worst events bring out the worst people and there will be many scam artists out to make money off the human suffering. The Anchoress has a list of organizations to whom you can safely donate as does America’s North Shore Journal.