As I’m sure you know, U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy died last year and there is now a special election being held in Massachusetts to replace him. Although Massachusetts is a BIG BLUE state (John Kerry is the other senator who hails from there), there is a realistic possibility that it will elect Republican Scott Brown to the Senate on January 19th. THIS IS HUGE. Scott Brown has vowed to vote against the current congressional legislation on health care when it comes up for a final vote. This may be our only chance, certainly our best chance, at stopping this atrocious piece of legislation from passing into law. My husband showed me this “Moneybomb”video that Brown put out yesterday, in the hopes of raising $500,000 for a final advertising push in this last week leading up to the election. The response was so good that they revised the goal to $750,000. They ended up raising $1.3 million yesterday.
I don’t have a lot of spare cash right now, but I donated $10 to Brown’s campaign last night. I feel that it is a very worthy cause, considering the difference this one seat can make for the entire country at this critical point in time.
From Public Policy Polling, on Saturday:
The Massachusetts Senate race is now a toss up.
Buoyed by a huge advantage with independents and relative disinterest from Democratic voters in the state, Republican Scott Brown leads Martha Coakley 48-47.
An excerpt from American Spectator article “The Scott Brown Surge”:
Here’s a representative missive from MoveOn.org: “In 11 days, we could lose progressive hero Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat — and with it, any hope for passing major progressive legislation this year.” The subject line asked incredulously, “A Republican in Ted Kennedy’s seat?”
The idea seems absurd even by Chicken Little standards of mass fundraising appeals. Massachusetts is one of the most Democratic states in the nation. Republicans hold about a tenth of the state legislative seats and represent only a slightly larger percentage of the commonwealth’s registered voters. Barack Obama won Massachusetts — the only state to vote for George McGovern in 1972 — by 26 points.
Republican state Sen. Scott Brown has gained momentum among independents — now a plurality of Bay State registered voters — who are angry at the way the Democrats have been running both Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill.
With the Democratic base less than fully engaged, Republicans on fire, and independents unhappy with a mostly Democratic status quo, the race may have become surprisingly competitive.”