Sunday, January 17, 2010
Barack Obama hands Scott Brown a gift
(Right, Martha Coakley; below, Scott Brown)
The Massachusetts Senatorial race is getting downright exciting.
A friend sent the following link, a site which where you can make bets regarding upcoming events:
The odds are now 55-45 favoring Republican Scott Brown over Democrat Martha Coakley. (Those are the betting odds, not the respective percentiles of voters favoring each candidate, which are much closer.)
And this in a notoriously liberal state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans three to one.
One can't help but think that this most recent groundswell of support for a Republican was due to Obama's latest backroom deal, whereby he exempted the unions and government employees from the "Cadillac tax" which taxes particularly lavish employer-provided health plans.
The unions, of course, were large contributors to the Obama campaign in '08. And government employees mostly vote Democrat.
One also can't help but think of Abraham Lincoln's dictum: "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time, but you can't fool all of the people all of the time."
If Massachusetts -- a state with a particularly large contingent of those referred to in the middle part of the dictum -- elects Brown, it will be an incredibly strong statement about how fed up the electorate is with the policies of the Obama administration. If the race is even close, that would be a strong statement.
Exactly how would the mainstream media play this one down?