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In Massachusetts the Lion of the Senate had his seat fall into the hands of the uninformed.

The Coakley campaign was lacking, there can be not doubt. But why Scott Brown?

He's photogenic? His daughter was on Idol? What is the attraction?

And that is the question I've asked Scott Brown supporters, what does he stand for? I can't think of one piece of legislation in Massachusetts that bears his name. His record as a senator is all over the place according to interest group ratings of his state senate years. Labor issue scores run 48% to 81%. Pro-Life groups rated him a 33% but Pro-Choice only gave him a 50%. In education issues he gets scores of 31% to 76%. NOW ranks him in the 30%'s. Neighbor to Neighbor rates him 25% to 43% on issues involving poverty. Mass Clean Elections a 67%. In fact the only area where he shows any consistency is he is pro gun (the NRA gives him an A+) and pro-corporation (100% from the Massachusetts National Federation of Independent Business).

What was the big deal? He drives a truck? He hangs out with Curt Schilling? He's Everyman? What?

So many have asked? Are you angry? No, I'm not angry, I am mystified.

When I think of Ted Kennedy's decades of service I think of civil rights, voting rights, womens rights, health care, family leave, American with Disabilities Act, student loans, education (including working with Bush to pass NCLB), program after program that supports the working family. There's probably not an individual out there whose life hasn't been touched by the progressive programs of Ted Kennedy. From little girls playing sports (title IX), to elderly with health care (Medicare), to a family with sick leave. The list goes on and on. I feel he fought for us. Agree or disagree with the man's human failings, I can still defend and support his political record.

Scott Brown says he'll be the vote to defeat health care reform, what Ted called the "cause of my life." What happened with yesterday's vote? According to Robert Gibbs on "The Ed Show" today, health insurance stocks gained $4 billion.

Did your rates go down? Are any of the uninsured now covered? Did people with preexisting conditions get any help? Nope. All it took was Brown's assurance to defeat health care and the insurance industry gains.

So without being in office for a day, what has Brown accomplished? The rich got richer, the uninsured got the shaft.

Wait. Maybe I am angry. Maybe we all should be.

Originally posted to Hoopgreen on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:17 PM PST.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Would you like to have a beer with him? (0+ / 0-)

    Would you like to see what was hiding behind that hand?

    "The smartest man in the room is not always right." -Richard Holbrooke

    by Demi Moaned on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:22:34 PM PST

  •  You know so was I mystified. In that (1+ / 0-)
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    location of the country for that seat, how?

    'If we lift our voice as one, there's nothing that can't be done' MJ

    by publicv on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:33:32 PM PST

  •  count me as angry and mystified. (6+ / 0-)

    i don't get it.  i sometimes feel like a stranger in my own country.  i am distraught at how ill informed, selfish and kneejerk the electorate is.  very disheartening.  my friend is once again fantasizing about canada.  too cold there for me.  but sometimes i feel like i am surrounded by idiots which is scary because its not like i am einstein or anything.  geez.

    Say "Yes" to Michigan!

    by jodygirl on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:34:56 PM PST

  •  Because While We're the Reality Party About (1+ / 0-)
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    scholarly and scientific fact, we're pretty fanciful about how campaigning and our system of government operate.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:44:17 PM PST

  •  You're mystified? (2+ / 0-)
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    denise b, greengemini

    Harry Truman said it best:

    "Given the choice between a Republican and someone who acts like a Republican, people will vote for the real Republican all the time"

    "Enlighten the people, generally, and tyranny and oppressions of body and mind will vanish like spirits at the dawn of day" - Thomas Jefferson

    by sangemon on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 07:55:53 PM PST

  •  I question the $4 Billion stock gain assertion (0+ / 0-)

    What happened with yesterday's vote? According to Robert Gibbs on "The Ed Show" today, health insurance stocks gained $4 billion.

    As a group Health Care Stocks saw a drop in their value after Brown won.

    The exceptions being CIGNA and HealthNet. All others posted modest to significant losses. Largest being Molina at -4.4%, the majors Aetna through WellPoint were all down anywhere from 0.5% to 1.65%, United being the last, Humana lost 1.29%.

    no remuneration was received by anyone for the writing of this message

    by ItsSimpleSimon on Wed Jan 20, 2010 at 08:10:30 PM PST

    •  Saw Gibbs (0+ / 0-)

      on the first 5 minutes or so of the Ed . If I knew how do post video I'd post it for you. Maybe someone else can.

      •  the quote (0+ / 0-)

        if I can transcribe it correctly:

        Well look. One of the things that happened yesterday as this election was going on in Massachusetts, health insurance stocks gained $4 billion in market capitalization as a result of yesterdays election. So understand clearly that Jim Demint and others have positioned themselves lock, stock and barrel, if I can use that reference, working on behalf of insurance companies to prevent people from getting the type of reforms and the type of affordable health care they need.

        I did see the Jason Linkin's piece So Much for the Bull Market"

    •  CNBC types were saying it's the classic (0+ / 0-)

      pattern of prices following the "buy on rumor, and then sell on fact."  Prices ran up the day of the election on the expectation of a Brown win.  Stocks of all kinds dropped today based on news that China is pulling back on lending because even their government is now afraid they've inflated a bubble.  That caused fears that global recovery might be even slower.

  •  We don't want to face it but, he's likeable. (0+ / 0-)

    I watched his press conference today.  The fact is the guy is likeable.  Like Obama.  You want to hang out with the guy.  Now, consider the following.

    About 80% of the people may vote on ideology.  40% Dems, 40% Repubs.  Or close enough.  The rest vote on personality.  They are the swing voters.  They may not think they vote  on personality, but they do.  And we are all effected by whether we like someone or not.  

    So, the ideologs split their vote and the "I like the guy" voters elect the Senator.  Simple as that.  

    •  sad (1+ / 0-)
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      How did that "Kind of guy you'd like to have a beer with" work out for us the last time? It would be nice to at least have an idea of his positions. What is he for? Not just what is he against.

      I also saw:

      Senator-elect Scott P. Brown repeatedly refused to provide any responses to citizens on the issues through the 2008 Political Courage Test when asked to do so by national leaders of the political parties, prominent members of the media, Project Vote Smart President Richard Kimball, and Project Vote Smart staff.

      on the Vote Smart page.

    •  Eww, Watching him makes me want to take a shower (1+ / 0-)
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      Especially, his cringeworthy act with his daughters during his victory speech.  He's beyond cheesy.  Yuck!

      •  I agree, that was cringeworthy,. (0+ / 0-)

        It was cringeworthy to us because we have an ideological lead.  We think, this guy is a jerk because he has an anti woman or, being charitable, a very old fashioned view of daughters.  But if we had an emotional lead, we would forgive this stuff.

        Consider a teenage girl (or boy for that matter) who is approached by a teenage boy who says something stupid.  If she doesn't like him, she tells her friends what jerky thing that jerk said.  If she likes him, she says what a cute thing that cute boy said.  It's the same thing with politicians.

        And think about if you had met Brown not as a politician but just as a guy at work.  You might think his politics were weird, but you would like him.  

        Why is this important?  Consider our last two presidential losers.  Both Kerry and Gore were not very likeable.  They are not warm people.  It's something we should consider when we nominate people, especially in view of the poll which shows that many of the people who voted against Coakley agreed with her on the issues.  

  •  Maybe we should all be a fired up (0+ / 0-)

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