TEA PARTY VOTERS SWING ELECTION
IN A RELATED STORY, on Jan. 19 independent Republican Scott Brown won the hotly contested race for the U.S. Senate seat in Massachusetts, which had been held by the late Edward Kennedy, a liberal Democrat, for nearly 50 years.
Ironically, Republicans believed the special election held on Jan. 19 following the death of Kennedy was already in the bag for Democrat Martha Coakley. That left the door open for the relatively unknown state Sen. Brown to enter the campaign.
The mainstream media has tried to cast Brown’s victory as a referendum against Obama’s policies and a feather in the cap for the Republican Party. But even Brown agrees that it’s much bigger than that. Brown, as a Republican, went out of his way to cast himself as an independent outsider and successfully tapped into the populist anger directed at both Republicans and Democrats in Washington, who are seen as working for the benefit of the big bankers and corporate fat cats, not working families.
Reporter Kevin McCullough, writing for an online news agency, summed it up best, saying: “The reason Scott Brown won so decisively is not because he captured the one out of every seven voters in Massachusetts who are registered Republicans. He won because he captured the three out of every seven voters in Massachusetts who are independents.”
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(Issue # 5, February 5, 2010)