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How is this okay?

Posted by Lissa on January 11, 2010

So, truthfully, I don’t think Scott Brown has a snowball’s chance in hell of winning this election.  This is Massachusetts, y’all; it’s just not gonna happen.  That being said, apparently if he DOES win, the Democrats are prepared:

The U.S. Senate ultimately will schedule the swearing-in of Kirk’s successor, but not until the state certifies the election.

Friday, a spokesman for Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, who is overseeing the election but did not respond to a call seeking comment, said certification of the Jan. 19 election by the Governor’s Council would take a while.

“Because it’s a federal election,” spokesman Brian McNiff said. “We’d have to wait 10 days for absentee and military ballots to come in.”

Another source told the Herald that Galvin’s office has said the election won’t be certified until Feb. 20 – well after the president’s address.

Since the U.S. Senate doesn’t meet again in formal session until Jan. 20, Bay State voters will have made their decision before a vote on health-care reform could be held. But Kirk and Galvin’s office said Friday a victorious Brown would be left in limbo.

In contrast, Rep. Niki Tsongas (D-Lowell) was sworn in at the U.S. House of Representatives on Oct. 18, 2007, just two days after winning a special election to replace Martin Meehan. In that case, Tsongas made it to Capitol Hill in time to override a presidential veto of the expansion of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Friday, Brown, who has been closing the gap with Coakley in polls and fund raising, blasted the political double standard.

“This is a stunning admission by Paul Kirk and the Beacon Hill political machine,” said Brown in a statement. “Paul Kirk appears to be suggesting that he, Deval Patrick, and (Senate Majority Leader) Harry Reid intend to stall the election certification until the health care bill is rammed through Congress, even if that means defying the will of the people of Massachusetts. As we’ve already seen from the backroom deals and kickbacks cut by the Democrats in Washington, they intend to do anything and everything to pass their controversial health care plan. But threatening to ignore the results of a free election and steal this Senate vote from the people of Massachusetts takes their schemes to a whole new level. Martha Coakley should immediately disavow this threat from one of her campaign’s leading supporters.” A spokeswoman for Coakley’s campaign declined to comment Friday.

This is only one article, though it’s been widely quoted; however, I’ve seen no evidence that it was wrong or the quotes were fabricated.  Remember also that Kirk’s seat by special appointment required MA to change a state law about special elections.  A law that was enacted in 2004 to keep (Republican) Mitt Romney from appointing senators, and now changed back because (Democrat) Deval Patrick is in charge.

And yet — and yet — around here, everyone knows that Republicans are powermongering hypocritical cold-blooded political hacks, and Democrats just want to serve the will of the people.

How is that even possible?

Seriously, I don’t get it.  Do Republicans carry on like this in deep-red states?  Am I too young to remember similar political machinations from the Freshman days of 1994?

Can someone explain this to me, please?

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One Response to “How is this okay?”

  1. Brad K. said

    Lissa,

    I have been enjoying DayByDayCartoon.com for a while now. They have an RSS feed so I can watch the daily comic strip in my RSS feed reader.

    And they don’t like the unethical, unconstitutional, and illegal acts and words of the Obama/Reid/Pelosi cabal.

    Keep in mind that regardless of what reason political parties, and political careers, begin with, they are all “in business” to “stay in business” (I got that from “Head Office”, with Judge Reinhold, Danny Devito, and Jane Seymour in a teddy in her office).

    The Democratic party has long been linked with organized labor, with strong arm tactics, and patronage – that is, buying favors and jobs with “campaign donations”. Tammany Hall in New York before the infamous first Mayor Daley reign in Chicago, the way Ted Kennedy’s sordid life was condoned are *not* emblems of all Democratic party members. But the party has a history of embracing such stuff.

    Christine Todd Whitman, when running for Governor of New Jersey, was well respected and liked, and expected to win – yet one of the district organizers got caught in low-income neighborhoods handing out money for promises to vote for Whitman. Yes, Republicans get caught up in crap, too.

    The general perception is that the Republican party hangs out with big business – big money – and the Democrats with laborers – union labor, that is. The reality I see is what Reagan made such a prominent facet of his Presidency – that getting business to work, and grow, is what provides jobs and keeps people sheltered and fed. The Democrat version is that making rich, white guys richer – helping business – is unfair and that poor folk should be getting ‘help’ – this could also be seen as buying votes. “Here is money from the Democrats in government that care about you! Remember, this is Democrat money, don’t risk losing the money by electing someone that isn’t Democrat”. Not that I have a bias, or anything.

    But the point is that Republicans make mistakes and crap on ethics, too. Because they tend to deal with prominent interests instead of needing to be the prominent interest to the masses (Democrats, that is), the Republicans tend to keep a lower, less colorful or controversial. They manage their image more closely, mostly.

    The tendency of politicians with unchecked powers to arrange things to suit themselves or their moneyed friends is pretty much expected. That is the reason the Constitution sets up such an *inefficient* form of government for the US, quite deliberately. There are supposed to be checks, there are supposed to be obstacles to getting things done. This is to limit how many really bad ideas get implemented. This also keeps good things from being done, but supposedly a good idea will stay a good idea long enough to actually happen.

    I have heard Congress called the “School of unintended consequences” – that never graduated a class. Today the ObamaCare debacle is so wrapped up in political favors and reputations, in contending big-moneyed lobbyists, and in labor union machinations, that no one on Capital Hill dares to listen to the outrage of the American people. No one in Washington, D.C. cares about whether the bill will benefit or harm anyone, anymore, it has become a symbol of power and survival in the Congress and in the White House. People will lose their jobs and careers and elected offices over this bill, regardless of the final vote. Do you think their first concern is about whether what they do is “right”, with labor unions asking if they know what happened to Jimmy Hoffa (disappeared in union contention, long believed killed)?

    At the moment Congress and the ObamaNation are worried about “winning”, not meeting responsibilities to lead a nation. What is going on in Massachusetts is to follow the example of erosion of constitutional controls and blatant manipulation of regulations. The ship don’t go where the captain don’t steer.

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