Panic on Beacon Hill
In case you haven’t heard, Massachusetts, of all places, is about ready to explode. On the very verge of Congress passing the late Ted Kennedy’s signature issue, national healthcare, his replacement is about to be decided, and things are not looking well for the Democrats.
Scott Brown would be the vote that breaks Senate cloture, meaning the Republicans would be able to stall and probably throw the bill healthcare into disarray and limbo. And today, for the first time, a poll has him running 48/47 over his opponent.
After only one year of Obamaism, the electorate is showing a strong case of buyer’s remorse, witnessed to three months ago by the Democrats dramatically losing the governorships of two states that Obama had carried easily. There is deep concern among the general population that Obama is not strong enough on national defense, and that he has preoccupied himself on dubious and divisive side issues such as healthcare and capping and trading carbon credits to alleviate supposed manmade global warming, when he should have attended to the essential basics that unite us, defense and the economy.
Behind this concern is deep and wide alarm among many that Obama is abruptly trying to plunge this nation into post-American socialism and globalism.
But aside from any disagreement with the issues or overall agenda is the disappointment of many over the fact that Obama has hardly proven to be the noble unifier and healer that he explicitly promised to be. The promised governmental transparency and fair play has not remotely been seen in the pushing through of the healthcare bill. Indeed, there is much testimony that this is perhaps the most highly politicized White House ever, and is permeated by the stench of Chicago backroom politics.
Scott Brown has presence and purpose. He is intelligent and telegenic. He is running a good race and his opponent is not. He has momentum, and his opponent’s history is just beginning to plague her.
It could well turn out that Brown is not the conservative that many assume him to be. He is coy about social issues, and he very wisely is focusing strictly on the meat and potato issues of defense and the economy.
But still, he is immensely better than his opponent, and even with possible reservations, he is a step in the right direction, especially for Massachusetts. And, critically, he would break Obama’s socialist healthcare scheme.