Learning the Lesson

John Kerry was asked on Channel 5 yesterday about how quickly the swearing in of the newly elected senator should happen. For some reason, he wasn't paying the usual lip service to the will of the people.
Senator John Kerry: Well, I don't think that's possible. I mean even under normal circumstances, when I was elected or Ted Kennedy was elected, we have to wait about, I can't remember, ten days, twelve days. Reporter: In the case of Senator Kennedy that's not true. This document from the National Archives shows Kennedy's 1962 senate win did not get certified until weeks after he was sworn into office.
Even though they can't agree on a health care measure, Democrats seem to be having no trouble coming together on the idea of thwarting the will of the people.
Rep. Anthony Weiner, New York Democrat, explained it thusly. "We're going to have to finish this bill and then stall the swearing-in as long as possible," Mr. Weiner was quoted saying in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. "That's our strategy, a hurry-up-and-stall strategy.
It's amazing to see that Democrats aren't learning their lesson - they're still playing the card that failed them so miserably in August - portraying those who oppose them as dangerous.
“I’m no stranger to hard-fought campaigns, but what we’ve seen in the past few days is way over the line and reminiscent of the dangerous atmosphere of Sarah Palin’s 2008 campaign rallies,’’ Kerry said in a statement, referring to the Republican vice presidential nominee’s events. “This is not how democracy works in Massachusetts.’’
There is nothing that has gone way over any  line other than the incredibly negative and nasty media campaign run by national Democrats... and perhaps an occasionally over exuberant partisan on either side.
That brought a push-back from the Brown campaign, which slammed Kerry for “borrowing a page from the playbook of his failed presidential bid in a last-ditch effort to resuscitate Martha Coakley’s collapsing campaign.’’ “Martha Coakley has run the most malicious campaign Bay State voters have ever seen, and her last-minute reliance on John Kerry’s 2004 failed strategy is further evidence that she believes her only path to victory is by manufacturing nonexistent controversies,’’ Brown campaign manager Beth Lindstrom said in a statement.
Steve Konracki reports on his blog that there are folks out there prepared to fight over the issue of how quickly this should happen, if Scott wins.
I received an email tonight announcing that Larry Pratt, the executive director of the Gun Owners of America, “has instructed his attorneys to prepare for a lawsuit to force the Senate to seat…Scott Brown immediately should he, as seems increasingly likely, succeed in his January 19th bid for the Senate seat previously held by Ted Kennedy.”
Isn't the lesson of this election, should Scott win, that the people are looking to give Dems a slap upside the head for their lack of respect for the people? But let's not get ahead of ourselves.