Cross-posted at The Underground Conservative.
You can go ahead and say it.
The Boston Tea Party of 2010 may have triggered the Second American Revolution.
Scott Brown became the first Republican elected to the U.S. Senate from Massachusetts in 30 years by cruising to an easy win over Democrat Martha Marcia, Marcia, Marcia Coakley in the special election to fill the seat once held by Ted “The Swimmer” Kennedy, the late Senator from Chappaquiddick.
The Swimmer’s seat, as pointed out tonight, hasn’t been occupied by a Republican in over six decades.
Al-AP has called the race for Brown. So has Fox News.
Coakley has called Brown to concede.
This result, of course, has both short-term and long-term implications for the entire nation. With Brown’s election, there are now only 57 Democrats in the Senate plus two independents that caucus with the Democrats. Dingy Harry doesn’t have his 60 votes for cloture without getting one RINO sellout.
That means the Democrats have limited options to get the health care takeover through. Most likely, they will try to force the House to vote to approve the Senate bill or use the reconciliation process to avoid any cloture votes.
In fact, Juan Williams just finished predicting on Hannity that would be what the Democrats would try. In effect, doubling down on stupid. Try to ram everything through, the voters be damned.
Would not be surprised one iota to see the health care bill rammed through in the next week and the Senate refuse to seat Brown until it is passed.
Yes We Did!
The open thread at Hot Air has numerous links and continuing coverage.
Statement from Press Secretary Baghdad Bob Gibbs at the White House here.
By the way, I’m with Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit. Sen. Brown should deliver the GOP’s response to the State of the Union Show on January 27.
With his victory tonight, Scott Brown has continued what was started in November by both Bob McDonnell and Chris Christie in victory and Doug Hoffman in a narrow defeat: the reconstruction of the Reagan coalition of economic conservatives, social conservatives, national security conservatives, libertarians, blue collar workers, middle class voters, ethnics.
This is the Big Magnet, a phrase coined by former Sen. Fred D. Thompson. It represents a Republican Party strong on principles that will draw voters, especially independents to it, rather than abandoning those principles in an attempt to be all things to all people and essentially stand for nothing.
This is how Ronald Reagan won two landslides in the 1980s and how Republicans captured control of Congress in 1994.
There is a red tsunami building, one that may very well wipe out the statists and Marxists and any enabling RINOs between now and November.
This is the Democrats’ worst nightmare. The emergence of the Tea Party movement as a legitimate political force in America. Once again, from The Prowler as we quoted here:
“You know what scares our people more than the fact that they lost Ted Kennedy’s seat and the Obama mystique may take a huge hit [today]?” says the DNC adviser. “The fact that Democrats and the media can no longer make the tea party types out to be irrational, inflexible ideologues who are supporting nothing but extreme right-wing candidates. The tea party movement supported Brown, raised millions for him and worked for him, and he is not necessarily their kind of guy. Brown proves the tea party movement can be tapped politically for Republican candidates anywhere in the country if they are basically sound on taxes and small government. That is huge.”
I have to go back to a post I bookmarked for further commentary that plays into it. It’s from Erick Erickson at Red State, a blog that if you aren’t reading, you should be.
In it, Erickson describes the big story that all of the state-run media missed in its zeal to portray the Tea Party activists as extreme ideological zealots hellbent on ideological purity and how Scott Brown didn’t fit their template:
Right now the media is missing a really big story. It does not fit their narrative.
The narrative, of course, is that conservatives want a totalitarian pure party with a purity test for the GOP. You want gay marriage? No way. Pro-choice? No support. For government assisted health care options? We don’t recognize you. At least that is what the media claims.
So the media has and is ignoring the alliance between left and right among the GOP in Massachusetts.
Scott Brown is not a conservative. He makes no pretension of being a conservative. He defends Romneycare, which most conservative have rejected. He is pro-choice. But he is for less government interference in the free market and less spending. Like Pat Toomey in Pennsylvania, he is the perfect sort of Republican candidate for New England.
Jim DeMint’s Senate Conservatives Fund is encouraging its members to support and donate to Scott Brown.. Marco Rubio is supporting Scott Brown. RedState is supporting Scott Brown. We, well . . . I, suspect he’ll give conservatives heart burn as New England Republicans do. But all of us know he is a good, pragmatic fit for Massachusetts. He’ll vote against Obamacare and he’d vote against a second stimulus. Conservatives do know, despite media and liberal Republican (called “moderate” by the media) claims to the contrary, that the GOP needs 51 seats in the Senate to have a majority.
Conservative and liberal Republicans are united behind Scott Brown. You’d think a mainstream media that has generated millions of words on television, radio, and print about conservatives demanding a pure party would take notice.
As I wrote earlier, this is the process of reconstructing the Reagan coalition that led to Republican prominence. Over the past 10-12 years, the Republicans lost their way by allowing the Democrats and the state-run media to define who they were, by allowing them to force this idiotic “Big Tent” approach in which all views had to be accommodated or the GOP would be labeled an ideologically rigid party. Ironic, too, since the definition of ideological rigidity is the Democrat Party.
The Big Tent approach has led the GOP into abandoning its core principles in an attempt to be all things to all people and in doing so, alienated the very same Reagan coalition that put it in power.
Right now, it looks like that coalition is being reconstructed, and the message is being sent loud and clear to Washington: to paraphrase President Bush from Ground Zero:
We hear you. All real patriotic Americans hear you. And the people who are trying to destroy our country will hear from all of us in November.