Scott Brown has pulled a major upset in not only defeating Martha Coakley for the Massachusetts special election, but he also fills the seat held by the late Senator Ted Kennedy since 1962. He managed to win in the most liberal state in the country, where Kennedy had safe reelection campaigns. What does this mean for the future?
Well...because this election is only for the remainder of Kennedy's term, it means that Senator-elect Brown will have to run again in 2012. This means he will have to choose between running again for the Senate or running for the Republican nomination for president in 2012. The smart money would be on 2016 to launch a presidential campaign, but we don't know just how hungry the Republicans are to recapture the White House and if the American public still remains fickle in 2012. I'm shocked that people are impatient and angry with President Obama. We didn't get into this financial crisis overnight. It was a series of bad moves made by a president who lost the popular vote in 2000. The tide didn't turn against Bush until Katrina came crashing ashore in New Orleans. After that, his presidency effectively ended and we entered a long period of an ineffective and impotent president, with Americans counting the clock until the hour and day of his departure.
Here we are a year after President Obama's historical inauguration and Americans are impatient and fickle. All of a sudden, the deficit mattered...even though they didn't care about the deficit when Bush ran it up like a kid given his father's credit card without a maximum limit. When a Democrat becomes president, all of a sudden, deficits matter again. Imagine that! Obama hasn't helped himself, either, because in trying to appeal to conservatives, he's losing support of his liberal base. We haven't seen enough changes in Washington. Particularly, his allowing Wall Street foxes to guard the U.S. Treasury Department (a hen house). Bailouts to corporations that basically looted our economy to give high paying executives their golden parachutes so they'll never have to work another day in their lives. If Obama wishes to become a one term president, he should continue to do more of the same. The time is now for boldness and boldness means a new economic policy that does not reward the very people who wrecked the economy with their greed. These CEOs should be given lifelong prison terms, sharing jail cells with hardened criminals who have no problem raping men at night. Give these CEOs a taste of what it means to screw someone over.
I haven't followed the Massachusetts race too closely, though. I can't say that I'm surprised by the outcome. The Republicans are hungry for a leader and they found one in Scott Brown. He will be the star of the Republican Party in the next few election cycles. So Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, Charlie Crist, and Mike Huckabee can all just keep their day jobs and forget about running. Scott Brown has the best shot of any Republican to become our 45th president. The question is only, will it be in 2012 or 2016? Only President Obama can delay the inevitable by working hard to move this economy around before 2012 arrives. And if Hillary Clinton decides to run in 2016 and faces Senator Brown...well, I hope she will talk to Martha Coakley to compare notes. Scott Brown has star quality written all over him and its about time the Republicans found their Moses who isn't willfully ignorant, borderline crazy, and religiously extreme.