For the first time in my life, my vote in a Massachusetts Senatorial race actually mattered. I'm stunned. Stunned. Since 1972, the Commonwealth has sent nothing but Democrats, liberal, radical left-wing Democrats, to the US Senate. Today, I feel like I was just released from prison.
Last September, after Ted Kennedy so graciously removed himself from the political scene, a small gaggle of Democrats lined up like lemmings all declaring themselves to be just like Teddy and all fumbling over themselves trying to be the furthest to the left.
"I'm the most liberal!"
"No! Me! I'm the most liberal!"
"I voted to implement a tax on the taxes that companies pay!"
"Well, I voted to have the Federal Government take over all sectors of the economy!"
"I voted to fund abortions for homosexual whales -- beat that!"
For over 40 years (47 years in the case of Ted Kennedy), the Democrats have behaved as though they were entitled to the Senate seats here in Massachusetts. And with each term, they strived to pull the country further and further into socialism. It took Scott Brown to make people realize, it's not "Ted Kennedy's seat, it's the people's seat."
Allow me to quote, from the Washington Post:
Coakley's fundraising abilities also ensures that she will be able to overwhelm Brown in the final weeks of the campaign as both candidates seek to drive their message home to voters... Coakley is expected to exploit her financial advantage by going on television this week, an ad campaign but almost certain to overwhelm the meager money that Brown is putting behind his own commercials... The second major reason not to believe that Coakley is in any real danger of losing is the overwhelmingly Democratic nature of the Bay State. Barring some sort of unforeseen -- and major -- event, Coakley will win this race.
Wash those words down with a live toad, Chris Cillizza. (http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/senate/is-the-massachusetts-senate-ra.html)
In other words, "Don't mind them, they're just conservatives. No need to take them seriously." Sickening. Which makes last night's Republican victory all the sweeter. For my entire life I've had to live with the embarrassment and aggravation that came with having a fat, drunken, murderer as my senior Senator. Now at long last, I feel as though we've driven a stake through Ted Kennedy's heart and stuffed his mouth full of holy wafers.
I fully expect that this is a bell-weather of things to come. Around the country, people are going to sit up and realize that while the Bush-Cheney era was a disaster, the knee-jerk answer of em brassing Socialism is far worse.
Now, if we can just find some true conservatives who are willing to stand up and put their hands to the plow...