Last night Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley 52%-47% to claim the Senate seat of the late Ted Kennedy. To call it an upset would be an understatement. Democratic voters account for the vast majority in Massachusetts. Massachusetts also represents a state that voted for President Barack Obama 62% to 36% for John McCain. The message sent by voters last night has yet to be deciphered. Is it a referendum on the President’s policies? Did Coakley run an awful campaign? How much of a role did the Tea Party play in it? Is it a sign that Democrats have a bulls-eye on their back or all incumbents? Only time will tell.
The bad news for the President is that now 3 races he’s tried to influence and three races have gone against him. That would be Virgina, New Jersey, and now Massachusetts. The Democrats have lost their filibuster proof 60 seat majority. More importantly the American people led by the voters of Massachusetts have sent a clear signal that people will no longer just fall into party line and vote blues for blues and reds for reds. It is a political awakening.
Scott Brown appeared to bring an energy and a politically incorrect attitude to the campaign and supplied what seems to be the perfect ingredients for a political upset. Looks, energy, and chutzpah. Was this a referendum on healthcare? I wouldn’t say that. I think it’s referendum on the bourgeois attitude of the Democrats who continue to treat the American people like a parent who say’s “Quiet, the adults are working.” Obama’s power was his clean slate and his rhetoric of this is a new political landscape. That there would be no more lobbyists. No more backroom deals. That the American people would be just as important as his Secretary of the Interior. The people are starting to see through all the campaign rhetoric. They are sick of the Wall Street policies and lobbying of the healthcare industry at the expense of the American people.
Scott Brown comes into the Senate as a man with substantial political capital for a first timer. He must remember the people who elected him and do what is right for them. He must fight with every ounce of his power to avoid the temptation of the corrupted house that is the Senate. He can be the voice for Main Street. On his first time officially in the Senate he must propose a Bill that would scale back all Senator’s pay and freeze all government raises until America is out of debt. The Bill would probably fail but he can send a message that he is not one of “them”. Let “them” vote it down and show the American people the Senators that are not willing to sacrifice during this time of fiscal emergency. He must continue to be an “outsider” in Washington for once that fails so will he. He must use his Senate seat to fight for the three Navy Seals who are facing trial for roughing up a terrorist. All eyes will be on him. Do what is right Mr.Brown. The people of Massachusetts have sent as powerful a message as they did back during the Revolution when Boston and it’s citizens played such an important role in shaking up the world. This time though it’s easier. You just have to shake up America.