Just to keep you updated:
CNN Video: CNN’s Tony Harris asks Tea Party organizer Tim Phillips
Video: Gallup, Ask Frank: Tea Party Profile
Groups look for tea party support on Supreme Court nomination
Scott Brown takes lumps over his snub of Common-ers
Tea Party, Dems Row Over N-Word Video “Evidence”
Okla. tea parties and lawmakers envision militia
Foes of tea party movement to infiltrate rallies
Rivals claim Tea Party backing
A Kinder, Gentler (Or At Least More Self-Aware) Tea Party Movement
They may not call it a Tea Party but…
CNN Video: Traveling with the Tea Party Express from Buffalo
I know you guys hate videos (well, RWN people do), but I’m including it here because it’s so illustrative of good political speak.
The CNN interviewer asks Brown, “Can you accept a more scaled down version of the health care bill?”
Now, keep in mind that Brown was elected at “the 41st vote” against health care reform. So, if he says yes, he undoes his campaign, right? But his message was more nuanced during his campaigning, but that’s not how a change would be spun.
Brown responds,”We’ll have to see what’s there. I think they’re going to go back to the drawing board. I think it was on its last legs before I got there because of the backroom deals and the lack of transparency.”
Do you see what he did in three short sentences?
1. He didn’t commit to a cornering question.
2. He put forth his desire–to go back to the drawing board because he knows Americans want some reform, just not this reform (aka takeover).
3. He impugns the Democrats without calling out the Democrats. This part is beautiful. Without actually saying anything negative, he gives voice to the people’s concern about the government being corrupt. And who is in charge? Democrats.
So far, Brown has been remarkably quick on his feet, affable, and unflappable. He is still a Northeast Republican so standards for policy are rather lower than a Texas Republican, say, but still, he could teach establishment Republicans a thing or two about communication.
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Lest the Republicans get too smug as they look toward the 2010 midterms, I’d suggest a strong dash of humility. The Democrats seem incapable of humility so I’ll spare my breath.
Scott Brown ran against Obamacare, yes. He ran against stupid DOJ policies toward terrorists, yes. Most of all, her ran against an entitled, tyrannical establishment that has been telling the American people, for far too long, that they know better than you.
Scott Brown knew the people were sick of it. He summed up the sentiment in these words:
“With all due respect, it’s not the Kennedy’s seat. It’s not the Democrats seat. It’s the people’s seat.”
In short, “The ungovernable country just told those governing to go to hell.” — Erick Erickson
So, this year, the people aren’t going to support just any Republican or any Democrat or any “chosen” candidate because he or she is self-funded. Guess what? The people will fund the candidates they choose. The people will be the “big” money.
Scott Brown was down by 30 points in December. 30. And the people rallied to him. A couple of weeks ago, I was stunned. Who is this guy? I was starting to the emails and Direct Messages and the pleas for help to get the word out.
I was skeptical. Kennedy’s seat. Massachusetts. Yada, yada.
Well, guess what? The people did speak. And they put their money where their mouths were, too. Money poured into Brown’s campaign in the final days and the average donation was between $50 and $75. Patrick Ruffini accurately predicted this was a good risk to take. And there were those of us who cheerfully promoted the money bomb–go for a cool million, I said–and guess what? It happened.
Imagine this happening race by race as the people choose their candidates. Imagine politicians across the spectrum who actually represent their constituents and act responsively to their desires, too.
Well, that’s a lot to ask, I know, but there are hopeful signs already.
Lorie Byrd reports that Barney Frank is backing away from health care reform. She says:
They have seen what the voters in even Massachusetts think about it and they don’t want to go down in flames over it. They want some bipartisan cover. This win gives them an “out.”
Well, the President is going to turn to “jobs, jobs, jobs.” You know what? I think it’s too little, too late.
The American people are outraged. They have seen the House, Senate and the President wrap themselves up in what they rightly see as a huge, vast new entitlement and they see the country as broke. What the hell are these people thinking, Americans wonder. While American citizens have tightened their belts, Washington, D.C. has loosened theirs, with “our” money.
And Democrats want a new stimulus package. And Democrats want to “double down” on health care.
I’m not sure that even the Republicans understand the vehemence here. There are some who still pooh-pooh the Tea Party movement even as hundreds of thousands marched in Washington, D.C. on their doorstep.
That’s some disconnect.
The people are choosing. They are sick of being told by their “betters” what’s good for them. Any candidate that condescends, takes for granted, turns a deaf ear and ignores the will of the people will go down like Martha Coakley. Every seat will be contested if the constituents are discontented.
She lost because she talked, acted, and sounded like just another out-of-touch, know-it-all. She’d go to Washington and tell the people how it was going to be.
The people are kinda sick of listening. There’s a new boss in town and it’s the voter.
It’s time public servants get back to the art of service and pay attention to the boss.
It’s all a big mistake.
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The economy stinks. It’s not getting better. The recovery is being hampered by mixed messages and downright hostility toward the private sector.
Business owners have been holding. They haven’t upped production. If business is good, they’ve cautiously hired, if at all. If business is fair, they’ve resisted increasing overhead for fear they’ll need the extra cash for stupid taxes and government programs.
Right now, the stock market is up.
Should Brown win, there will be a collective sigh of relief. Americans will relax just a wee bit and know that the Dems can’t just jam any old stupid idea down Americans’ throats.
The economy could rebound. Hiring could begin again. Maybe things would get better.
Should Coakley win, I predict a double-dip recession. We might get one anyway, but this will make it worse.
The American people will know that the Democrats have no governor and no way to be stopped. The American people have seen one year of bad decision after bad decision. They’ll be disheartened should Coakley win.
Come on people! This election is by no means in the bag. In fact, it’s so far out of the bag, that I’m feeling a wee bit queasy about what I’m seeing on Twitter already.
This is a special election in an overwhelmingly Democrat state.
People there actually liked Ted Kennedy–you know, the guy never charged of negligent homicide. Him.
So, my point is that the bar for elected officials in that state is not particularly high. Need more proof? Two words: John and Kerry.
Forgive me for being the Debbie Downer today, but I don’t want one potential Brown voter to think this election is a done deal, because it’s not. Not at all.
One little piece of optimism from me, since I’ve been such a miserable cuss about this election: If Coakley eeks out a victory, it will still give the Dems a heart attack. This is Massachusetts, not Texas. The voters are not happy with the elitist attitude from anyone Democrat or Republican.
Word on the street is that Christianists have taken over the Republican party. That seems to be undermined a wee bit by all the donors to Scott Brown’s campaign. I would like to note that I myself am pro-life and I support Scott Brown. Why? Good grief. You have to ask? Did you see the debate last night? If not, I did and Martha Coakley is a nightmare of Kennedy’esque proportions.
Coakley is big government. Pro-health care life invasion. Against fighting terrorists…if she’ll admit they even exist. Gah!
Scott Brown is from Massachusetts. I do not expect the man to talk like or even make decisions like A Texas Republican. He will be better on a host of issues than Coakley. He is actually making a run at the seat–something I thought was impossible even two weeks ago.
Do you know how thrilling it is to see the Democrats have to spend loads of money on what they consider a “safe seat”? Already, the irony is so delicious it tastes like a Corona after a hot day of yard work. The Democrats are “desperate” and doing desperate things. Good.
You know, this race is all about elitism yet again. The best line of the debate was when Scott Brown said that the seat didn’t belong to Democrats or the Kennedy’s but to the people. See here:
Conservatives don’t want to concede ground in places like Massachusetts and Maine. They just want the Republicans there to at least adhere to fiscal conservatism. The social issues don’t play as well there. People get it. Conservative people get it to the tune of $1.3 million dollars in 24 hours. That’s how much average citizens want health care reform to die. They are putting their time and treasure on the line to get Brown elected.
The Republican party still has a big tent. Big enough even for Ted Kennedy’s old seat.