Letters to the Editor

Kennedy seat

January 26, 2010


To the editor:

What happened is that the Democrats lost the Kennedy Senate seat in Massachusetts.

News and pundit commentaries don’t state the obvious: The Kennedys owned that Senate seat for half a century. Anyone including Howdy Doody or Gyp the Blood could have won that Senate race in Massachusetts. It was the end of a dynasty. Period.

The Republicans are gloating. The Democrats are hyperventilating.

Get over yourselves.


Brent Garner 8 years, 4 months ago

Larry, you are correct on two points. The Demoncrats--spelling deliberate--did indeed lose that seat. They lost it because of their heavy handed disregard for citizen anger over several points. An anger that clearly crossed party lines. You are also correct that this is not a Republican victory per se. What happened was that one candidate spoke for those who were unhappy and angry and the other candidate spoke for the established political elites. The lesson that should be learned by any person running for public office is that you listen to the people--especially when they are this angry and energized. To do otherwise is to almost garuantee defeat.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 4 months ago

Brown, a pro-choice republican who voted for state-run health care in Massachusetts, won a Senate seat. I doubt the tea-baggers will think much of him when they get to know him. This is not that big of a deal.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 8 years, 4 months ago

From cappy's link


"- 70 percent of voters think Brown should work with Democrats on health care reform, including 48 percent of Brown voters.

  • 52 percent of voters were enthusiastic/satisfied with Obama administration policies.

  • 44 percent of voters believe “the country as a whole” would be better off with health care reform, but 23 percent believe Massachusetts would be better off.

  • 68 percent of voters, including 51 percent of Brown voters approve of Massachusetts’ health care reform.

  • 58 percent of all voters, including 37 percent of Brown voters, felt “dissatisfied/angry” with “the policies offered by the Republicans in Congress.”

A different poll, from Rasmussen Reports, cast doubt on the notion that Brown voters were primarily motivated by opposition to health care reform. The poll found that 52 percent of Brown voters said health care was their top issue, while an even greater percentage of people who voted for state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) — 63 percent — placed it first.

And as the Wonk Room’s Igor Volsky noted, Brown “doesn’t make a very convincing messenger for opposing the policy behind health reform,” considering he voted for his state’s health reform legislation in 2006. “He promised to be the 41st vote against reform because Massachusetts had already passed its own health reform bill, arguing that the state shouldn’t pay for the national effort,” Volsky added."

mr_right_wing 8 years, 4 months ago

Everyone (including the media) seems to be ignoring the fact that Mass. already has a similar health care system to what is being proposed by Obamacare. So if it were working so well, in such a liberal state....

Maybe they're just selfish and don't want to share....?

Kirk Larson 8 years, 4 months ago

Did_I_say_that, 1) Heterosexuals also engage in said practice. 2) Early in the history of the group in question many referred to themselves as "teabaggers" because they were oblivious to its' prior usage. I use it to demonstrate how oblivious to the issues they are when pressed to express their opinions. All they are is mad with no real knowledge of the issues or the facts (e.g. the sign at a tea ralley that read "Keep Gov't out of Medicare").

mr_right_wing 8 years, 4 months ago

....the usual liberal double-standard.

I can say it about you because it is true and it applies to you. But if you say it about me you're intolerant, a liar, and you're engaging in 'hate-speech'. (...and in this case they'd probably throw in the label 'homophobe')

{{ yawn }}

Kirk Larson 8 years, 4 months ago

Well, if Wikipedia says it, it MUST be so...


jaywalker 8 years, 4 months ago

" I use it to demonstrate how oblivious to the issues they are"

No, you use it 'cuz you're classless. Difference.

notajayhawk 8 years, 4 months ago

"Anyone including Howdy Doody or Gyp the Blood could have won that Senate race in Massachusetts. "

Um, yeah.

That would explain why Massachusetts' other Senate seat (the Commonwealths get two of them too, Mr. Day, just like the states) - the one that wasn't held by a Kennedy - has been in the Democrats' hands for 42 years. And the previous holders of that seat were considered liberal Republicans.

In 2004 there were one-and-a-half million registered Democrats in Mass, compared to only a half-million Republicans. Brown won in Barney Frank's district, Larry. Brown won in the Kennedy's home town, Larry.

Get over yourself.

mr_right_wing 8 years, 4 months ago

I heard a Colorado radio talk show host put it the best....

The outcome of the Mass. election was the voters way of giving the Obama administration the middle finger!

Gotta love that!

Kirk Larson 8 years, 4 months ago

Did_I_say_that (Anonymous) says… You might want to take the time to read the article and some of the citations. Unfortunately, you would find that the facts are against you on this one.

Did and done. So? I stand by events as I observed them and use the term to illustrate as I have previously stated. I do not suffer fools gladly.

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