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January 19, 2010

Scott Brown: The End of the End

Ted Kennedy Arlington Doug Mills.jpg

Out of all the photos of Ted Kennedy’s memorial service, funeral and burial, this rose above the rest. One reason for that is because, although the commemoration went on for days, this picture — at the Arlington burial — seemed to mark the end of the end.

But, not true. That happened tonight.

(Reuters: Doug Mills/Pool. Arlington Cemetery, August 30, 2009.)

  • CF2K

    The praying Kennedy scions echo John-John saluting his father’s casket.

  • DennisQ

    Republicans won one tonight because independent voters were conned into thinking that their backs are to the wall – that if they didn’t turn out in huge numbers for Brown, they’d be forgotten about. That’s not true because Republicans don’t really represent them.
    Taking the narrow view of the election as a referendum on health care reform, Republicans are the party that favor letting ordinary Americans die of treatable illnesses if they can’t afford medical coverage. Scott Brown was able to mumble past that issue, but that’s the one that Democrats will raise if health care reform fails.
    It’s hard to argue that Obama failed to make an elegant case for health care reform, but that might actually be what happened. Obama was conflicted about how closely he wanted to be associated with what came to be called Obamacare. And he also didn’t have much time to address the issue.
    What have Republicans going for them besides the ambiguous distinction of impeding new legislation? Senator-elect Brown will have to do more than pose naked to continue getting the support of independent voters.
    Nothing has changed, really. The 60-vote supermajority in the Senate is an arbitrary figure. Perhaps Harry Reid, facing defeat for his own re-election, will favor political courage over political cowardice. He’s been way too cagey, as they all have been.
    And whether it’s politic to say this now or not, let’s not forget what the Left has been saying all along – we warned you this would happen.

  • Annoying Old Guy

    Obama [...] didn’t have much time to address the issue [health care].

    He’s had a year. How much time does he need? Especially for a President who claimed he would “hit the ground running” and was “ready to lead from day one”. I would say his biggest mistake was subcontracting out his signature issue to the Democratic Party leadership in Congress.
    P.S. I would note that Senator elect Brown didn’t “mumble” about health care, he declared very clearly that he was going to oppose the current legislation.

  • Serr8d

    Shovel Ready.

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