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article imageOp-Ed: Coakley Concedes to Brown in Historic Massachusetts Senate Race

By Johnny Simpson     Jan 19, 2010 in Politics
The Senate race is over. Democrat Martha Coakley, the US Senate candidate from Massachusetts, has just conceded the race to Republican Scott Brown, who currently leads the voting by over 100,000 votes: 843,516 to 736,627.
According to media reports, the Massachusetts Miracle is now official. For the first time since 1972, a Republican US Senator will hail from the Bay State. Even more miraculous, Scott Brown will be taking the place of the Senate's former Liberal Lion and perennial Bay State Senate fixture, the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. Sweetening this astounding victory even further for now-US Senator Scott Brown (R-MA) is the fact that only a month ago, Brown was 30 points behind in the polls to liberal Democrat Attorney General Martha Coakley in a race many thought would be a de facto bequeathing of Kennedy's seat to liberal Democrats.
I opined here yesterday about how Massachusetts is not just the political canary in a coal mine for liberal Democrats' sweeping agenda, but a choking gorilla flailing about violently. It will be very interesting to see how this all plays out in Washington from this day forward. Now that the Democrat 60-vote supermajority in the Senate is gone, and party Democrats have witnessed this earth-shaking upset on the heels of the already stinging Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial losses, will Congressional Democrats bail on President Obama's progressive agenda in droves and begin focusing on fixing the broken economy?
Tomorrow marks the first full year of Barack Obama's presidency. I am sure a most damaging Bay State GOP win is not how he expected to close it out. Who did? Given that the President has now campaigned in vain for three major losers in a row (Deeds, Corzine and Coakley), Democrats will no doubt be questioning the viability of the President's coattails in November's elections. The only question that remains from this special election is this: will Sen. Paul Kirk still retain his voting rights in the Senate? Or is he now finished as an active member with Brown's win? It could turn into a court battle, and one that could prove even more politically costly to the Democrat Party in November, if the public believes they're trying to undermine Brown long enough for Sen. Kirk to vote on the unpopular health care bill. It's not all over yet.
Lastly, mark this date on your calendars, Dear Readers. This is one for the history books. It has been 38 years since a Republican held a US Senate seat in Massachusetts.That it was taken in defiance of Ted Kennedy's bequeathing of the seat to liberal Democrats by an upstart Republican state senator, who now stands in the way of a health care bill the Liberal Lion most likely would have voted to pass, only magnifies the irony and historical significance of this monumental comeback victory by Brown (and catastrophic defeat for Coakley and liberal Democrats) that only a month ago was relegated to the realm of science fiction. I fully expect this story to lead headlines, pundit roundups and opinion pages for days to come, if not weeks. It will most certainly haunt Democrats now looking ahead to the November elections.
ELECTION UPDATE: AP has a breakdown of the election results by city and town. Final tally: Brown 1,161,586 (52%), Coakley 1,055, 409 (47%). Libertarian Senate candidate Joe Kennedy (no relation to the famous family) received 22,165 votes, or 1%, and proved to be a non-factor in the race. Both the Brown and Coakley camps believed Kennedy could have played the role of spoiler for either camp in a very tight race.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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