No Way

19 01 2010

As most of you are probably aware, underdog Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown pulled off a stunning victory in the bluest of blue states—Massachusetts.

I will be using pictures throughout to express my emotions.

And wasn’t even a narrow, 30-vote-with-recounts-in-the-works victory.  It was a resounding vote against one party rule by the citizens of Massachusetts (hardly a gun-and-Bible-toting lot).

Yeah, the race did get “nationalized” in that both monetary and physical support flooded into the Bay State after it somehow became apparent that Brown had a chance (how did that ball get rolling anyway?).

But in the end, it was still just the voters of Massachusetts, not voters across the country, who elected Brown over the Democrat candidate.  The same results would not have been surprising if the whole country was voting at this point, after all.  But Massachusetts!  Let that sink in.

And pay no heed to those that are going to blame Scott’s victory on the awfulness of Coakley, the Democrat.  Ten years ago, Ted Kennedy could have showed up to debates visibly hammered with lipstick smudges all over his face and still won by 30 points.  Hell, he probably did do exactly that the past few elections.  This wasn’t a vote against Coakley, it was a vote for something different.  There’s a huge difference.

Who knows what difference this will make at a national level.  Democrats could still try to force ObamaCare through, to which I say:

Make. Our. Day.

They have to realize how utterly suicidal such a move would be in light of the Brown victory.  If not, their loss; it will just make their eventual removal that much easier come the fall.

The real victory here is for conservatives and other limited government types.  For the past few years, we haven’t really had anything to be optimistic about.  No faith in our candidates; no real energy.  That’s all going to change.

Something like this.

Suddenly, “safe” Congressional seats might not be so safe.  Slow suffocation by an increasingly statist government does not seem so inevitable.  And despite what media outlets might keep insisting, we know that there are people out there who agree with us.  It’s all very reassuring.

I’m planning on going to CPAC this year with some friends.  I plan on making snide comments during boring speeches by career politicians and the political hacks that will be there.  I plan on hitting the bars.  But mostly, I plan on gauging the excitement of the other attendees.  I briefly stopped by CPAC last year since I happened to be in DC at the time, and the mood was resolved but less than joyful.  Obama had, after all, just been inaugurated.

I expect the transformation to be remarkable this year, and I’ll be sure to share my findings with you all.

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