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MA Senate Race = Healthcare Referendum = Obama Referendum

Posted by Larry Doyle on January 15, 2010 1:02 PM |

Growing up in Massachusetts, there were (and still are) only a few topics that truly matter: politics, sports, politics, family, church, and politics. These topics are industries unto themselves and they are deeply intertwined. Other topics hardly register.

Against this backdrop, the MA Senate race between Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) and State Senator Scott Brown (R) has captured the nation’s attention. To be perfectly frank, I gave this race no attention until a week ago as I believed Coakley would win easily. Why? Massachusetts has three times as many Democrats as Republicans. It is the bluest of the blue states. Remember, Massachusetts was the only state to vote for George McGovern against Richard Nixon in 1972. (McGovern lost his home state of South Dakota)

This election has electrified the nation given the growing public rage against the Washington establishment.  In very short order, the election has become a referendum specifically on the proposed healthcare reform and more broadly on the Obama agenda.

In true Massachusetts political fashion, the gloves have come off. Brown’s momentum is reflective of the growing tide of American discontent. Don’t think every incumbent, but especially the Democrats, aren’t watching this race closely.

You know a lot of the Democrats are thinking that if Coakley loses and they continue to support the healthcare reform, that they too will be looking for work next November.

In this video clip from yesterday, Charles Krauthammer succinctly offers the same:

Will this election be the shot across Obama’s bow that pulls him, his Chicago cronies, and the Pelosi/Reid contingent to the center? For further dialogue on this topic, check out the discussion going on at Memeorandum.


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