Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Scott Brown Wins in Massachusetts

Well, Scott Brown won the election to determine Ted Kennedy's successor in the Senate. I am not going to gloat, but I am going to thank God for this gift. The oppressive health care reform bill is by no means dead, and cap & trade still looms. At this point, the radical "progressives" may back down for now, or they may double down instead. It is anybody's guess.

Since Barack Obama's favorite word is "audacity", and since he hails from Chicago, my money is on the double down. However, Congressman Barney Frank, in an uncharacteristic fit of reasonableness, said this:
I have two reactions to the election in Massachusetts. One, I am disappointed. Two, I feel strongly that the Democratic majority in Congress must respect the process and make no effort to bypass the electoral results. If Martha Coakley had won, I believe we could have worked out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate health care bills. But since Scott Brown has won and the Republicans now have 41 votes in the Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate. I am hopeful that some Republican Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because I do not think that the country would be well-served by the health care status quo. But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened. Going forward, I hope there will be a serious effort to change the Senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered, and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of the process.
Perhaps this is the beginning of a bit more balance in Washington D.C., and some glimmer of hope for our liberty.

1 comment :

  1. Whether the Democrats understand the message that was delivered yesterday or will just think that they have to try harder, is hard to say. Either way the "moderates" like Nelson and Bayh are looking over their shoulders and that's nothing but good.


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