by Kevin Theis
So things are heating up in Massachussetts (did I spell that right?) this week with a special election tomorrow to fill the vacant Senate seat formerly occupied by Edward Kennedy. The big news is: liberal Massachussetts seems poised to fill the seat with a Republican and, what's worse, a tea-bagger Republican to boot. That sound you're hearing is Teddy doing graveyard cartwheels in his coffin.
The word is that the MA voters- who are three-to-one Democrats- are ginned up to use this election as a referendum on the Obama administration, specifically to reject his health care reform plans. This is particularly galling as no one was more in favor of health care reform that Kennedy himself. So...what's going to happen tomorrow?
Well, call me a cockeyed optimist, but I believe the hype is overblown. At the end of the day, it is my believe that the Democrat- Coakley- will defeat the GOoPer- Brown, but that the story will be spun to talk about how "close" it was and how this election is a "warning shot" across the bow of the Democratic Party. It will, unfortunately, cause more Democrats to waver in their resolve to fix health care. This will occur no matter who wins.
I'm trusting you, my Massachussetts brothers and sisters, to get out the damned vote tomorrow and send Brown packing by decisive margins. Only a clear victory by Coakley will stop the anti-Obama juggernaut in its tracks.
Get out the vote, people!