Thursday, January 21, 2010

That Vote in Massachusetts

Leave it to the "hard left" at CounterPunch to say something interesting about the election, with editor Alexander Cockburn calling it "a richly deserved humiliation" — Coakley Loses and a Good Job Too — and John V. Walsh explaining his strategic protest vote — Why I Voted for the Republican in Massachusetts.

Of course, the man behind nails it explaining that "Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) is clearly a neocon, ostensibly opposed to big government when it is Democratic and loving it when it is Republican," and that "Martha Coakley claimed to be for the 'rule of law,' but her history as a county and state persecutor show her to be a neocon too" — Impeach Brown!

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Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Brown is certainly not a traditional conservative, but then again what traditional conservative would have been able to win is Massachusetts?

5:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What I don't like is the idea Brown is a win for life and liberty. A draw maybe but not a win. I don't like the hoopla over this guy on Drudge. And I don't think the current battle for life and libery will be won just by trying to get the right leader. We need to start take initiative on our own.


8:37 AM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...


Brown is pro-choice, so I wouldn't say that his election is much of a victory for life. However, he is markedly more pro-free market than Coakley, so he's an improvement there. As the Western Confucian has pointed out, Brown is very much on board the various efforts to fight terrorism that many paleo-cons don't like. Depending on one's perspective, that may make him a good politician or a bad politician.

11:27 AM  
Anonymous mcmlxix said...

I love CounterPunch. Lefties, they are both true to their convictions and nevertheless by and large do not let blind demagoguery obscure their view of the actual cards on the table. This contrasts starkly with HuffPo and Kos...

...and a debate I had with a naif whom I just could not convince that big insurance and pharma were 100% behind Obamacare, Democrats were bought by them to the tune of millions, and that if enacted, shed have the privilege of paying to hand her body over to them.

It makes sense though. The pop narrative she has internalized is that big corporations = Republicans = bad, and she just couldn't break the cognitive dissonance that in this case big corporations = Democrats = bad. That, and she had been to an Obama health care "reform" rally, and was proud to show me the "season's greetings" card she received from him as a result.

So, Mr. Brown goes to Washington...we'll see...I'm a bit sanguine. Republicrats in Washington have a notoriously tin ear when it comes to discerning the message the voters have given.

12:33 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Good points, all, especially the reminder "that big insurance and pharma were 100% behind Obamacare."

7:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the ways in which this country is seriously been taken off course is the perpetual warfare state. Torture is appalling. So for that reason Mr. Brown is real problem form me.

I hope that he is truly free market - for Main Street not just the "too big to fail" mega-corporations. It he is I agree that will be plus.


1:04 AM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Faustina, amen to that. I'm not that hopeful; I see this vote as just another win for the status quo, no different had his opponent won.

4:03 PM  

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