The inevitable happened; the Boston Globe finally endorsed Martha Coakley. I expected nothing less and, frankly, may have been a little freaked out if the Boston “Glob” endorsed Scott Brown.
But, perhaps, unintentionally, the “Glob” scores some major points for Brown:
People in Massachusetts are understandably frustrated. Next week’s special election comes in the midst of a too-long Senate debate on health care, showcasing much of what is offensive about the rules of the Senate. The fact that a final bill hasn’t even emerged has left many people ready to toss away the whole thing. Stir in the anxiety that comes with a still-faltering economy, and voters are angry.
Republican State Senator Scott Brown, who drives an old truck, channels voter skepticism more directly. Ignoring signs of improvement in the economy, he casts President Obama as the source of today’s problems, and would give the Republicans enough votes to block, under Senate rules, anything Obama wants to do. Affable in person, Brown nonetheless seeks to be a terminator, stopping the Democratic domestic agenda in its tracks.
I think that was supposed to be a slight. I think. But thanks anyway. More:
A vote for Brown is hardly a symbolic protest against congressional gridlock and the ways of Washington. It’s a vote for gridlock, in the form of endless Republican filibusters, and for the status quo in health care, climate change, and financial regulation. That’s what will happen if Brown gives the Republicans the additional vote they need to tie up the Senate.
Wait. This is a Martha Coakley endoresement, right? More:
He has had little chance to enact legislation as one of only a handful of Republican state senators, but defined his career through opposition to Democratic initiatives. While many Massachusetts Republicans take liberal positions on social issues, Brown has been more in the mode of the national GOP, opposing gay marriage and winning the endorsement of pro-life groups, though he now pledges to uphold Roe v. Wade. He is most emphatic on health care, where he trumpets his desire to be the 41st vote against reform.
Agreed and thanks!