Live Blogging the Massachusetts Senate Race

January 19th, 2010 at 7:00 pm | 18 Comments |

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Final Update -FrumForum reporting from Washington, D.C.

Boston Globe: 89% reporting, 52-47 for Senator-Elect Brown.

If you want to watch his victory speech, go here: http://www.jan19.com/

Should be about ten minutes.

Posted at 9:45 PM


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FrumForum: Well, that’s it for our LiveBlog! CNN, FOX, AP, Boston Globe (which finally got its servers back up) all call it for Senator-elect Brown.


CNN: Reporting again that the House does not find the Senate bill acceptable at face.

Posted at 9:42 PM


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TPM: Ted Kennedy was seated the day after his election in a Mass. special election in 1962, disregarding the Senate rule that requires candidates to have been certified by the state.

Posted at 9:35 PM


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Senator-elect Scott Brown to make victory speech shortly. Live feed from Brown HQ here: http://www.jan19.com/

Posted at 9:28 PM


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FOX CALLS FOR SCOTT BROWN: Martha Coakley concedes. Brown 53-46, 75% reporting. Miracle in Massachusetts!

Posted at 9:22 PM


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FrumForum: Boston Globe STILL down. Disaster for that office on election night – someone should be fired.

Posted at 9:21 PM


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RT @TheHyperFix: 69% in. 53 Brown, 46 Coakley. Still no call from Fox or CNN.

Posted at 9:16 PM


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Hannity on Fox: “We’re close to being able to call this”, says Hannity. Fox hasn’t yet called it, however.

Posted at 9:15 PM


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Hannity on Fox: Former Mass. Mitt Romney to sing at Scott Brown HQ.

Posted at 9:11 PM


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FrumForum: Boston Globe down AGAIN. Fifth time in the last hour. I would hate to be on that IT team tonight…

Posted at 9:08 PM


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Coakley HQ is extremely tame. CNN live feed is just plain sad – maybe a couple dozen silent campaign workers standing silently.

Posted at 9:04 PM


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CNN: Obama advisors – before Christmas break, Coakley up by double-digits. Thus, we can’t blame Obama’s health care plans for the Massachusetts disaster. Blame reaction to

Posted at 9:03 PM


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TPM: Rep. Weiner on the chances for health reform: If Coakley’s defeated, “I don’t see how we get this done.”

Posted at 9:01 PM


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FrumForum: 52% precincts in. Brown 52%, Coakley 47%. Results have been holding steady since 1%.

Posted at 8:59 PM


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RT @TheHyperFix: 45% in. Brown 52, Coakley 47.

Posted at 8:54 PM

 

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FrumForum: 40% of precincts reporting. Brown 53, Coakley 46.

Posted at 8:54 PM

 

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TPM: Bayh (D-IN): ignoring the lessons of the Mass election will lead to “even further catastrophe.”

Posted at 8:50PM

 

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FrumForum: 53-47 for Brown at 29% reporting.

Boston Globe servers crash for the third time in the last half hour.

Posted at 8:39 PM

 

 

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WaPo: Mass. Secretary of State dismisses reports of voting problems.

FrumForum: 53-46 for Brown at 21% reporting.

Posted at 8:39 PM

 

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Boston Herald: Independent Senate candidate Joseph L. Kennedy: Brown “would not have a win without me.”

Posted at 8:39 PM

 

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NECN: Watch Romney at Brown headquarters: “I don’t think I’ve seen anything quite as exciting as this in our state.”

Posted at 8:37 PM

 

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FrumForum: 11% in Brown 53, Coakley 46

Posted at 8:33 PM

 

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Talking Points Memo to Dems: “Message of the day to all Dems, Coakley, Rahm, Celinda Lake, national Dem committees, Axelrod, whoever, whatever: Shut the *$%& Up! I don’t know how else to say it. I’m watching MSNBC and hearing all the key players dumping on each other.”

Posted at 8:33 PM


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FrumForum: Scott Brown leading Coakley 52-47%. 8% of precincts reporting.

Posted at 8:31 PM


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Boston Herald reports: Boston Globe jumps the gun and calls the election for Coakley.

Posted at 8:25 PM

 

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FrumForum: Boston Globe website crashes, presumably because of high server load.

Posted at 8:16 PM

 

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RT @TheFix: 1% of precincts in. Brown 54, Coakley 45. And, yes, it means nothing.

Posted at 8:16 PM

 

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CNN: Brown wants to play basketball with Obama, show him truck if he gets elected.

Posted at 8:13 PM

 

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AP: High turnout in Mass. special despite snow.

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Talking Points Memo on Coakley Campaign: “No question this was a terribly run campaign. Not just that, an irresponsibly run campaign.”

Daily Beast: New White House strategy – blame the Underwear bomber for possible Coakley loss.

Posted at 8:04 PM

 

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One quick fix proposed for a potential Brown win is to just have the House pass the Senate bill.

CNN: Stupak rules this possibility outright – it’s a “non-starter”.

Posted at 8:00 PM

 

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Lets start with some questions:

Weather in Boston today: Feels like 26 degrees Fahrenheit. Rain, snow showers. How will that affect turnout?

Polls close in seven minutes. Can Brown pull off a miracle in Massachusetts?

Posted at 7:52 PM

 

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18 Comments so far ↓

  • dmalone1

    Take it from a lifelong Boston suburbanite: If we can win this, it will be because of the working class of Massachusetts—and from what I can see, they are out in full force today.

    And every one that I’ve talked to voted for Brown.

  • Sean Linnane

    How ironic: a Republican will untilt the supermajority over the Senate healthcare bill – by taking Ted Kennedy’s seat away from the Dems.

  • sinz54

    The Boston Globe is now reporting that Martha Coakley telephoned Scott Brown to concede the election.

  • dmalone1

    A mordant thought, but wouldn’t Richard M. Nixon think that this was hillarious?

  • sinz54

    The former mayor of Boston, Democrat Ray Flynn (who voted for Brown, btw), has pointed out that much of the lack of enthusiasm for ObamaCare among affluent Dems here in MA is due to the fact that MA had already enacted its own health care reform package–RomneyCare–which is comparable to if not better than ObamaCare. Hence from the point of view of MA Dems, ObamaCare looks to be a way to get MA residents to pay Federal taxes just to subsidize the health care of Nelson’s Nebraskans and Louisianans and other states that never tried to enact health care reforms on their own.

    http://www.politico.com/blogs/bensmith/0110/Flynns_diagnosis.html

    In any event, when Obama campaigned for Coakley here in MA, he never explained just how ObamaCare would interact with MA’s own RomneyCare for us MA residents: Would it complement it? Supplant it? Merge with it?

  • communists-basher

    I don’t believe even for a minute that this win is anything serious. Radical Liberals Socialist Fascists will find other ways to kill Capitalism in America. Obama’s commissars will become more and more irrational by the day – Fascist Code Pink is already rioting ,we’ll see some more riots soon.

  • anniemargret

    sinz: correct. And that is why this win is not really a mandate about healthcare . RomneyCare is working. More power to them. But all this hoop-de-doo about the ‘death of healthcare’ is hooey. Americans still want healthcare reform and if the Repubicans kill it, it will be their albatross.

    But in all fairness, as Democrat, I am deeply disappointed with Brown’s win. I used to live in Boston (South Weymouth), worked at the VA Hospital there, and my first child, my son, was born there. I loved my time in Boston – it’s a great city in every way.

    She ran a lousy smug campaign. She took too much for granted, but in all fairness to her, it would be easy to become that way in such an overall liberal state. But she lost fair and square.

    Congratulations to Brown. He showed prowess and skill, and I will grant him that.

    But the issue of healthcare reform must not die. Those 45,000 Americans and their families that lost them, hang like a dark cloud over America. I stand with them.

  • mpolito

    This is a good win for a good, moderate Republican. I am a conservative, and I do not agree with Scott Brown on all issues, but any conservative with a brain knows that a Jim Demint can’t win in most blue states. Pragmatism, and welcoming moderates, is obviously important to any party that wants to win. I would like to point out, however, that the “conservative base” (against which many fair criticisms can be leveled) did line up behind Brown. They were wise and did not demand purity where purity just is not going to win. I think this shows that the conservative base is more pragmatic than it is given credit for.

  • communists-basher

    .. my wife said “One can only imaging how disappointed I and my family were in November 2008, we could not watch TV for the whole year. It was like a horror dream that came true and that you do want to wake up from but cannot. This victory gives us some hope…”

    “I hope he fails”

  • jdipeso

    mpolito,

    Great comment. Scott Brown is a good fit for Massachusetts. To pick up more Senate seats, Republicans must put up candidates who are good fits for their states. Let’s hope Scott Brown will begin the job of re-weaving Ronald Reagan’s big tent.

  • Mandos

    If you had read any number of liberal and left-wing sites before today, you would have seen a panoply of comments actually hoping that Coakley would lose, in order to punish the Democrats for failing to use every means at their disposal for nixing any route to the Holy Grail of the American left—affordable single-payer health care. At FDL, it was a majority of comments, and that’s one of the Big Five if not the Big Three.

    MA *has* health reform, and the only health reform that would have succeeded in MA is one that was better than RomneyCare. Otherwise, there’s no reason for the liberal base to come out, no reason to campaign, no reason to shout “Yes, we can.”

    Scott Brown’s victory was thus a result of a strange subterranean alliance between the Republican right and the Democratic left, the latter to punish the Democrats. The Democrats will not learn this lesson, and may never learn it, and much of the base will be likely to feel that a loss in 2010 is required to bring the Democrats home to the left.

  • Mandos

    Also, Joe Lieberman is no longer the 60th vote and can no longer be used as a crutch/shield by the Democrats in the Senate for serving their sponsors rather than the base. This is silver lining for the Democratic left, even those who wanted Coakley to win.

  • rbottoms

    Two words.

    Re conciliation.

  • kevin47

    “But all this hoop-de-doo about the ‘death of healthcare’ is hooey.”

    For the most part, it’s the Democrats making the hoop-de-doo about the death of health care. For conservatives, the hoop-de-doo is the deflation of the myth that Obama’s election represented some sort of ideological shift among the American populace, and that he had some special power to persuade people that his ideas were the right ones.

    Guess what? This remains a country where you have to defend your ideas on the merits. Argumentum ad Palinum isn’t going to cut it if you want to make a real difference.

  • sinz54

    Mandos: MA *has* health reform, and the only health reform that would have succeeded in MA is one that was better than RomneyCare. Otherwise, there’s no reason for the liberal base to come out

    We in MA already have to pay state taxes for RomneyCare.

    So what ObamaCare makes us do, is pay Federal taxes to pay for the health care of OTHER states. We end up being taxed twice for basically the same thing, with our Federal taxes being used to subsidize Nebraska, Florida, Texas, etc..

    Even Democrats in MA aren’t enthusiastic about that.

  • sinz54

    An excellent takeaway from Joe Mathews, New America Foundation:
    Never trust blue state Democrats. There are a lot of Coakleys out there, pols who have been advanced and advanced without ever having been tested. The smartest, toughest politicians in the country are red state Democrats and blue state Repubiicans. Those breeds never take anything for granted and know how to win converts.

  • Mandos

    Even Democrats in MA aren’t enthusiastic about that.

    Yep. Now, if Obama had seriously advanced a single-payer system, he might have brought out MA Democrats for Coakley in a much bigger way. He did not. The base is angry, and some of the base are saying “good”, and that’s not just in MA. However, as the party brass is deeply corrupt, they will learn the lesson that Serious People (like David Frum) want them to learn, which is to flee to the right—knowing full well what awaits them in 2010.