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"It's the people's seat, and it's up for grabs

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"It’s the people’s seat, and it’s up for grabs
By Jeff Jacoby Globe Columnist / January 12, 2010
Source Boston.com

"The policy differences between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown were as clear during last night’s debate as they have been throughout this short special-election campaign.

Coakley supports ObamaCare, opposes the war in Afghanistan, and favors higher taxes on the wealthy. Brown is against the health care legislation, backs the president’s surge in Afghanistan, and wants across-the-board tax cuts à la JFK. Coakley is an EMILY’s List prochoice hard-liner; Brown condemns partial-birth abortion and is backed by Massachusetts Citizens for Life. Coakley has no problem with civilian trials for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Brown thinks it reckless to treat enemy combatants like ordinary defendants.

But the most striking thing about the debate was not that the very liberal Democrat and the not-especially-conservative Republican disagreed on the issues. It is that they are both viable candidates in a race too competitive to call. In Massachusetts!

“I don’t know what’s going to happen on Jan. 19th,’’ Coakley said. She wasn’t being coy. Nobody knows what’s going to happen next week.

When Ted Kennedy died five months ago, who would have guessed that the contest to replace him would be anything but a slam-dunk for the Democrats? Yet there was no slam-dunk on that stage last night, and the race certainly doesn’t feel like a slam-dunk now.

“It’s not the ‘Kennedy Seat,’ ’’ Brown has been reminding Coakley lately. “It’s the people’s seat.’’ Amazing thing is, he could be right.

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2010/01/12/its_the_peoples_seat_and_its_up_for_grabs/

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Comments

1.
JAP69Comment by JAP69 - January 12, 2010, 11:18 am
It would be one of the greatest days in politics if Scott Brown won.
Martha Coakley and the dems thought she had this election in the bag until the poll came out.
I was looking for an updated poll this am but could not find one.
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JAP69Comment by JAP69 - January 12, 2010, 11:21 am
I heard that if Brown wins the dems are going to do every thing possible to delay his swearing in.
3.
konaneComment by konane - January 12, 2010, 11:26 am
Thanks JAP! Unless there are 'hanging chads', ghost in the 'voting' machine, and other things that fuel conspiracy theorists, looks like he has a good chance.

I hope he wins by a landslide.
4.
konaneComment by konane - January 12, 2010, 11:28 am
Thanks JAP! Yes heard the same thing which is why we need to vote them ALL out so we can have the rule of law again.
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emilygComment by emilyg - January 12, 2010, 1:11 pm
konane - I'll be voting against most incumbents.
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konaneComment by konane - January 12, 2010, 1:51 pm
Thanks Em! Check their voting records first. Georgia does have some fiscal conservatives who still vote according to the Constitution and rule of law, so don't want to throw them to the wolves just yet. I wish Sen. Paul Coverdell were still alive ... we need more like him and Sen. Zell Miller both of who voted for the people.

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