The People's Seat

The real test of the Massachusetts senate race is whether Scott Brown was correct last night when he said that it's not Ted Kennedy's seat - and it's not the Democrats' seat. That's how it should be, but it's up to the voters of Massachusetts whether we want to take control of our own fate or to allow the Kennedy machine to be in control.
GERGEN: Mr. Brown, let me ask you this question, it's on a lot of people's minds. You said you're for health care reform, just not this bill. We know from the Clinton experience that if this bill fails, it could well be another 15 years before we see health care reform efforts in Washington. Are you willing under those circumstances to say, 'I'm going to be the person. I'm going to sit in Teddy Kennedy's seat and I'm going to be the person who's going to block it for another 15 years'? BROWN: Well with all due respect its not the Kennedys' seat, and its not the Democrats' seat, it's the people's seat. And they have the chance to send somebody down there who is an independent voter, and an independent thinker and going to look out for the best interests of the people of Massachusetts.
Mainstream voters are rocking with excitement over the idea of an upset here - and the smell of defeat is scaring the hell out of Democrats!
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee is spending more than a half million dollars on ads while the Service Employees International Union, one of the most politically active members of the labor coalition, has also bought ad time in support of state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D).
It was just a week ago when the Rasmussen poll finally got Martha to stop coasting, but it's not always easy to get a campaign going at the last minute.
The attention now being paid to the race suggests two things: the contest, once expected to be a walk in the park for Coakley, has tightened considerably, and no less than the fate of the health care bill is at stake.
The money is pouring in to the Brown campaign now, and having spent all day as the main headline on the Drudge Report will spur an even faster flow.
Republican Scott Brown says he raised $1.3 million in a 24-hour appeal for his U.S. Senate campaign. The proceeds came in from across the country through a fundraising tool known as a "moneybomb."
Oh, what a glorious moment it will be when Scott crosses the finish line first!
Strategists on both sides concede that a victory by Brown next Tuesday would drastically reshape the calculus of the health care debate, forcing Senate Democrats and the White House to scramble to find another vote to allow them to bring the measure to the floor.
Martha Coakley, meanwhile, is showing what a tough prosecutor she is by chasing down women in nursing homes!
Attorney General Martha Coakley’s crackdown on Bay State gardening clubs for failing to file financial disclosure forms has left some green thumbs fearing arrest - and many sore at the Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate. Linda Jean Smith, president of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, has been besieged with calls from frightened, angry members after a prickly Jan. 4 letter from Coakley’s office declared many of them were breaking the law for failing to file their financial records for the past four years. “One club president asked me if she was going to be led away in handcuffs,” said Smith, adding that many members are in nursing homes or in Florida. “These ladies are confused.”
It's not the Kennedy's seat.