Mass-ive headache looms for Dems
Tomorrow is the special election in Massachusetts to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s U.S. Senate seat. “The Kennedy Seat” has been Democratic for so long, it’s almost unthinkable it might be taken over by a conservative Republican in this bluest of blue states.
Nevertheless, Republican Scott Brown is running neck and neck with Democrat Martha Coakley, reportedly a not-very-likable candidate (how did the Dems drop the ball on this, anyway?). In fact, a CNN report this afternoon says Brown has pulled ahead slightly. Imagine, Kennedy’s seat going to a Republican. Almost unthinkable.
Yet, troublemaker that I am, I can’t help savoring the idea. A Republican taking Kennedy’s seat. The Democrats losing their filibuster-proof 60-vote majority while health care reform legislation is in its final stage, closed-door reconciliation talks (you know, the talks we were promised would be open and on CSPAN). I haven’t liked watching the Dems run amok in Congress this year. I haven’t liked what the GOP has done either. And I haven’t liked what I’ve seen of health care reform legislation, a real misnomer for health insurance reform legislation.
Knowing nothing about the candidates and not living in Massachusetts, I feel no attachment to what’s happening there, other than to say it will be mighty interesting to see what happens if Brown is elected.