Scott Brown Traffic
Submitted By Todd on January 30th at 5:59pm
See the traffic in the photograph? It's heading north on Route 1 in Saugus. I was sitting in bumper to bumper traffic on the overpass waiting to loop around onto the highway and merge into that traffic at 1pm when I snapped this shot of the heavy volume caused by a Scott Brown event. It was Scott Brown Traffic. The Scott Brown Bus Tour - a Thanksgiving for the people of Massachusetts - continued today. I went to the 1pm event at Kowloon's, the big Chinese restaurant on Route 1. Heading south on Route 1, you have to get off just beyond the restaurant, then exit, cross back over the highway, and get on the northbound side before exiting into the parking lot.
The tie up was being caused by a stream of cars trying to get into Kowloon's parking lot, and another stream of cars leaving, having been unable to find a spot. I joined many of them in driving further up the road and parking in a mall lot and walking back. The event was held upstairs, and when I got inside there was a swarm of people filling the stairs, and a long line of people waiting to go up.
I had plans with Lauren Birmingham, the Kowloon PR gal, to have her let me in the back door so I could take a look at what was going on, but when I reached her on her cell phone, she said there was no way to move anywhere. Thousands of locals had shown up to say thank you to Scott as he said thank you to them, and to make matters worse, Barbara Walters was there covering Scott (she'll be interviewing him tomorrow for This Week, and was probably trying to make him cry for a prime time special as I spoke to Lauren.) [caption id="attachment_5167" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Kowloon is just beyond Bob's on the right."][/caption] John Kerry has been in the U.S. Senate for 25 years, and it's hard to imagine any regular people showing up to see him. Deval Patrick, a first term "hope and change" governor couldn't fill a fundraiser last summer with Barack Obama as the guest of honor. Ted Kennedy served very prominently for 47 years, and voters couldn't wait to turn his seat over to Scott. Today's event served to highlight what a ripoff it is for these guys to get elected and stay in forever. It is an attack on the notion of self-rule and democratic ideals that they get into a seat and use all their connections, wealth and influence to keep themselves in it forever. They have robbed us of moments like these in which the people are energized by the cause and effect of the democratic process - the joy of self-rule lost to the influence of special interests and the power of privilege. Elected officials like to complain about voter apathy and wish publicly for a more engaged electorate. Now we know what to tell them in response - you want to see an election with high turnout? Retire, and open up your seat to the process, and you'll see some energy. Just ask Scott.