In what may be a harbinger of things to come, Scott Brown has won the special election for the “Kennedy seat” in Massachusetts. The lackluster campaign performance of Martha Coakley coupled with deep seated dissatisfaction with
the ever more unpopular policies of the leftist government in Washington gave a special opening to a man with a truck who was willing to do the hard work of earning “the people’s seat.” Surprisingly, the Democratic GOTV efforts were not enough to raise the dead for voting in this election and many of those dead, reasonable liberals who died when the Democratic Party had not yet become entirely socialist and authoritarian in its leanings, would likely have voted for Brown as well, if they could have stopped spinning in their graves long enough over what is being done to our country and constitution.
The truth is no one is happy with what is happening in Washington. Rasmussen breaks down the numbers to give us the scoop on what motivated these voters:
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state say health care was the most important factor in their voting decision. Brown made it clear in the closing days of the campaign that he intended to go to Washington to vote against the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats.
Twenty-five percent (25%) of Massachusetts voters say the economy was most important.
Forty-seven percent (47%) favor the health care legislation before Congress while 51% oppose it. However, the intensity was clearly with those who are opposed. Just 25% of voters in Massachusetts Strongly Favor the plan while 41% Strongly Oppose it.
Fifty percent (50%) say it would be better to pass no health care legislation at all rather than passing the bill before Congress.
So the state that brought us the original tea party is once again setting the tone for a nation and bringing us a little hope and change of their own. These voters are not convinced that Pelosi, Reid, et al., (and Obama) are acting in the best interest of our country. And that includes some 23% of Democrats who voted for Brown!
Brown’s words in accepting his win are definitely words that resonate deep in the heart of Americans and which should remind us that it is indeed the people’s seat.
Across this country, we are united by basic convictions that need only to be clearly stated to win a majority. If anyone still doubts that, in the election season just beginning, let them look to Massachusetts.
Fellow citizens, what happened in this election can happen all over America. We are witnesses, you and I, to the truth that ideals, hard work, and strength of heart can overcome any political machine. We ran a campaign never to be forgotten, and led a cause that deserved and received all that we could give it.
And now, because of your independence, and your trust, I will hold for a time the seat once filled by patriots from John Quincy Adams to John F. Kennedy and his brother Ted. As I proudly take up the duty you have given me, I promise to do my best for Massachusetts and America every time the roll is called.
I go to Washington as the representative of no faction or interest, answering only to my conscience and to the people. I’ve got a lot to learn in the Senate, but I know who I am and I know who I serve.
Now that’s change I can believe in.