Between the Lines

Mr. Brown Goes to Washington

As I write, the pundits are all atwitter over the stunning upset pulled off by Scott Brown, the “independent” Republican who made mincemeat out of former state attorney general Martha Coakley in the race to fill the Massachusetts “Kennedy seat” in the U.S. Senate.  Democrats are lashing out at each other over their loss, with the national leadership blaming Coakley’s odd decision to go on vacation in the crucial weeks leading up to the election, and the Coakley camp blaming the national party for not coming to her aid sooner.  The turning point in the campaign was reached during one of the debates, when Washington “wise man” David Broder—the archetypal Washington insider and professional “centrist”—asked Brown if he would dare to sit in the “Kennedy seat” and pass the deciding vote against Obamacare, which Ted had made his personal crusade in his final days.  “Well with all due respect,” responded Brown, “it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat—it’s the people’s seat.”

As they say in the comics: “Ka-pow!”

Brown is no dummy: He knew what he was doing, and it took him but a few moments to plug into the populist rage sweeping across this country—rage against our arrogant political elites, who believe they are entitled to their positions, perks, and privileges. ...

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