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Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

Watching Massachusetts Senate race with great interest

Elections, Health care, President Obama, Politics, United States

This coming Tuesday, all eyes will be on the Massachusetts Senate race between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown. Why? A Brown victory would end the 60 vote filibuster proof supermajority in the Senate.

What should have been a slam-dunk for Democrats in the special election to fill the late Edward Kennedy's Senate seat, is becoming a neck and neck race, with Brown pulling ahead! This is truly remarkable, considering it is in the liberal haven state of Massachusetts.

The poll was conducted early in the week, of registered voters, and showed Brown ahead by 4 points. (Still within the margin of error.)

If Brown would win and be seated before the final health care vote, his no vote would sink ObamaCare. I realize that is a lot of ifs.

Also of interest, is Obama or isn't Obama going to campaign on Coakley's behalf?
"Coming off stinging election losses in Virginia and New Jersey -- not to mention Copenhagen, where he failed to win the 2018 Olympics for his hometown of Chicago -- President Obama is staying away from what could become another painful loss." He did send an email instead. Another article suggested he might still show up.

But whether the president campaigns for Coakley or not, the President and Democrats are invoking the late Senator Kennedy's memory and cause. A video piece I watched begins with Obama touting Teddy Roosevelt as the first to promote health care reform in 1912, presumably to make Republicans feel better about ObamaCare? (In 1912, however, Teddy Roosevelt was not a Republican; he was a 3rd party Bull Moose candidate--after his presidency.) The video ends with footage of Ted Kennedy.

"Yet even in the bluest state, it appears Kennedy’s quest for universal health care has fallen out of favor, with 51 percent of voters saying they oppose the 'national near-universal health-care package' and 61 percent saying they believe the government cannot afford to pay for it."

Tuesday's special election will be interesting, to say the least. A Brown victory "...would send a chilling message to all Democratic candidates on the ballot in November, even those in supposedly safe seats." A Brown victory could turn the tide on ObamaCare.


Articles cited: Massachusetts 'tossup' threatens Obama agenda
Poll shocker: Scott Brown surges ahead in Senate race
Obama keeps his distance from Mass. race

Past post: Litmus test: Watching Doug Hoffman's N.Y. 23rd race with great interest

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