Monday, December 28, 2009

Knocking Down the Dems Ahead of Schedule

A couple of weeks ago, Rush Limbaugh made some particularly interesting comments:

[N]ationalize every House race in 2010, nationalize every Senate race in 2010, just as those elections were nationalized in 1994.

...Position these people as nationwide leftist radicals with their impact not just in the district but throughout the country. That worked magic in 1994. That's part of the strategery next November. That's going to have to be done.

[emphasis added]

We don't have to wait until November to begin clawing back power from the Democrats. Our first opportunity comes on January 19, when Massachusetts voters will choose Ted Kennedy's replacement in the U.S. Senate. Scott P. Brown, a Republican, is opposing Martha M. Coakley, a Democrat.

If Scott Brown wins, Obama loses his 60th vote in the Senate. The Democrat's filibuster-proof majority would be history.

Introducing Scott Brown:

Mr. Brown, 50, is a lawyer and a lieutenant colonel in the Massachusetts National Guard who has served in the state legislature since 1996. He opposes same-sex marriage and the health care legislation being debated in Congress, and supports President Obama’s decision to send more troops to Afghanistan.

Some thoughts from an optimist from Massachusetts:

  • With local media outlets already declaring Coakley our next senator, Martha’s infamous coasting will become even more pronounced. She will put next to nothing into her effort from here, saving campaign funds for future purposes.
  • Since Coakley’s supporters now assume the race is over, they will do little campaigning over the holidays.
  • Given that backdrop, turnout on January 19 will be even lower than today’s. We could be well into single digits across the Commonwealth. Motivating your base, even one as small as the GOP’s, makes it possible to overcome that.
  • At the national level, Democrats are busy alienating almost every group, from the far-left to moderates, which further depresses turnout as supporters become disillusioned.
  • Oddly enough, the one media outlet seeing a potential victory path for Brown, if remote, is the New York Times
In the midst of the major holidays, a terrorist attack, the health care fight, a dreary economy and a recent disappointment in NY-23, many conservatives and Tea Party activists might not have the time, money or inclination to invest in a Hail Mary pass in Massachusetts.

Perhaps persuading voters in the People's Republic of Massachusetts* to replace Ted Kennedy with a Republican is the mother of all long shots...but I see it as an opportunity. Even with a Coakley victory (if it follows a tougher-than-expected race), conservatives could send an important message to the Democrats: "Take nothing for granted."

*Actually, conservatives are as plentiful as liberals in Massachusetts. Gallup's numbers: 30% conservative, 29% liberal, 38% Moderate.


Three Reasons to Vote for Scott Brown

Scott Brown on the issues

Three action items for those supporting Scott Brown outside of Massachusetts

The Weekly Standard: An Intriguing Long Shot: Could Massachusetts Save Us From Obamacare?

Yes, yes, all politics are local. Except when they’re not, like in the case of being a deciding vote on fauxcare.

Think Scott Brown can't win? Here's why he can.**

Scott Brown for Senate in Massachusetts (if you want to kill health control bill)

Brown and Coakley Debate (video)

Wednesday is the last day for voters to register for the special Senate election

Jan 11 Scott Brown Money Bomb

Oops, Democrats don't have 60 votes anymore...

Two special elections getting Tea Party attention

Coakley Ducking Debates

Scott Brown Says Airplane Bomber Should Be Treated As Enemy Combatant

Homeland Security Secretary is doing a "heck of a job." Janet's assessment of the terrorist attack: “...the system worked.” Mission Accomplished!

**Welcome, sisu readers...and thanks to Sissy Willis for the link/mention.


Our Liberal View said...

Although I was one of those who voted for Obama, I agree that Obama has alienated the American Public more than any other democratic president. I would argue that he has alienated the Left more than Bush/Cheney/Rove alienated the left and Democrats. While Bush preached from the right, he governed more from the center (with the exception of his foreign policy and a few social issues).
He plays this middle group like a fiddle. They are going to pass all of their unconstitutional, tax-hiking, fiscally irresponsible, socialist, humanist agenda items in this first year. Then they will pretend to be centrists for the next three years in an attempt to get re-elected.
My fear is that a real right-wing candidate could look farther away from the mainstream (the those ill-informed middle-ground voters) than what Obama will portray himself after three years of "more or less centrist" policies.
I am truly afraid of this man.
Look where nominating (socialist leaning candidates ) has gotten us....

cube said...

I would love to see it, but I think it would take a miracle for
Brown to beat Coakley in Massachusetts. That is one liberal-infested state.

Opus #6 said...

Can't hurt to try. I have been tweeting about this race since yesterday.

Bungalow Bill said...

While that would be a major defeat, we are talking about Massachusetts.

RightKlik said...

OLV: Where power is concentrated, power will be abused. The key principle is to support those policies that stop or limit the growth of power in Washington.

Cube: Massachusetts is 30% conservative, 38% moderate, 29% liberal. Admittedly, "conservative" has different definition in MA, but so does "Republican."

Only 11% of voters showed up for the primaries. Even fewer are expected to show up for the general election. Clearly conservative/moderate turnout would make a difference. I hate to write Massachusetts off forever.

O6: I've seen your tweets.

BB: ...where conservatives are as plentiful as liberals!

Teresa said...

I am honestly surprised at the percentage of conservatives in MA. This long shot is very much worth fighting for. We need to make MA see how much the Dems leftist policies hurt America. Rush Limbaugh hit the nail on the head.

Follow me?

Anonymous said...

It's worth the effort because the win would finally fire a shot across the Democrat bow that would be hard for them to ignore.

DaBlade said...

I wonder what a Massachusetts conservative looks like, if Obama is considered mainstream and too far right by the Michael Moore and the DailyKos crowd.

Texas For Sarah Palin said...

Last weekend while you were cooking and shopping and wrapping presents, and preparing for the holidays with your family, Harry Reid’s Senate was making shady backroom deals to ram through the Democrat health care take-over. The Senate ended debate on this bill without even reading it. That and midnight weekend votes seem to be standard operating procedures in D.C. No one is certain of what’s in the bill, but Senator Jim DeMint spotted one shocking revelation regarding the section in the bill describing the Independent Medicare Advisory Board (now called the Independent Payment Advisory Board), which is a panel of bureaucrats charged with cutting health care costs on the backs of patients – also known as rationing. Apparently Reid and friends have changed the rules of the Senate so that the section of the bill dealing with this board can’t be repealed or amended without a 2/3 supermajority vote.

It’s good to know some things never change. Jihadists are still trying to carry out terrorist attacks against innocent civilians while the U.S. Senate pontificates during hearings. And Barack Obama still take his cheap (but expensive) Photo -Op’s strutting along the Beaches of Hawaii.

RightKlik said...

T: Even people in Massachusetts are fed up with the status quo. I think they'd be willing to give a GOP guy a chance.

NG: And Republicans (including Scott Brown himself) have had some success with special elections in Massachusetts.

DaBlade: I lived in Boston for a couple of years, and I think it's fair to say that MA conservatives are more libertarian on the social issues, but conservative on fiscal issues. FWIW

TFSP: Looking forward to 2012

PolticalJunkie2008 said...

We can win this thing with these guys and so many other great grassroots groups on our side!