Just in case you didn’t hear, Republican Scott Brown won a Senate seat in the bluest of blue states – Massachusetts – in a victory that even today some pundits predicted would go to Coakley. He ran an incredible grassroots campaign – on the ground, in his now-famous truck and via social media. In the end, over 70% of independent voters chose him as he picked up 120,000 more votes than his Democrat opponent. He has pledged to be the 41st vote against Obamacare.
Less than a week ago Martha Coakley – still leading by double-digits – went to DC for a fundraiser. Rep Ed Markey (D-MASS) commented that it would not be a good year for Democrats if Scott Brown won. Coakely then tweeted: “If we lose Tuesday 2010 WILL be hell for Democrats”. Well then, welcome to hell. Or as the rest of us would say – the dawning of a new day in America.
Coakley is already being thrown under the bus and blamed for the loss because of ineffective campaigning. While it is true that her elitist attitude, assumption of entitlement and recent disappearing act didn’t help, the fervor sweeping the country should not be taken lightly. (Although as a conservative working on Republican campaigns, it wouldn’t hurt my feelings if the Democrats stayed asleep oh, til Halloween or so.) Coakley’s pollster fired back at critics saying: “There’s a wave here. The first shore was New Jersey and Virginia,” referring to Democratic losses in the governors races there, “the second was Massachusetts and it’s coming to the island now.”
Kudos to Scott Brown and his incredible grass-roots army. Looking forward to seeing that repeated across the country and right here in Utah. Bring on 2010.