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Not gonna jinx it…not gonna jinx it…

But I would recommend listening to Howie Carr right now. He’ll be on for hours yet. He’s a righty in Boston (if you don’t know Howie) and he’s feeling fiiiine tonight.

You have to sign up to their listener’s club to use their Listen Now link, but I think you can backdoor that by tapping into their player software without going through their link.

I listened to Rush earlier, too. He said that everyone was so confident how this seat would go that nobody bothered to pay for exit polls. However, Rasmusson stepped in at the last minute and offered to sponsor one himself.

So…may or may not learn anything about it tonight, but the general chatter out there is distinctly cheering.


Comment from JuliaM
Time: January 19, 2010, 5:24 pm

*keeps fingers crossed*

Not that I live there, but I like to see the good guys win one. Especially since we can’t look forward to anything so cheering this side of the water…

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2010, 5:39 pm

Ugh. I’m glad I’m not yet in a position to be facing a vote for Cameron. I’ll probably be a citizen by the next election, and I devoutly hope the Tories will come to their senses by then.

Very, very seldom has a single state election had this much of a pivotal effect. This one vote could shit-can the whole lousy health care bill. It’s hard to overstate how much of a shit sandwich this bill is.

Comment from harbqll
Time: January 19, 2010, 5:48 pm

Weas: You’re from RI, right? Does that make you a New Englander? Maybe you can break this down for me – How the hell can the same group of Massachussets ya-hoos that kept Teddy The Swimmer in the Senate for, what, 40 years(?)…how is it they suddenly grew a brain and decided to vote Republican? I don’t understand the mentality.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining about current events; far from it. I just don’t get it. Has this been 40 years of voter fraud? Was it something in the water? How do you look at yourself in the mirror after voting for a murderous, drunken fuckwad like Kennedy every 6 six years for your entire life?

Comment from Blast Hardcheese
Time: January 19, 2010, 6:08 pm

Did my civic duty this morning. It was the first Massachusetts election I’ve been to that felt…cheerful? Oh, the people have been polite in previous elections, but this felt like an impromptu get-together with some friends. A very different atmosphere.

Dunno what that means, and I refuse to feel hope until the results are in – I’m with you, Weas, I don’t wanna jinx it!

Harbqll, I’ve only been living in MA long enough for one election where Teddy was up for reelection – there was no one opposing. You could vote for Ted Kennedy…or Ted Kennedy. I wrote in Howie Carr (or Caah, as they say ’round these parts) in protest.

Why the movement for Brown? I think it’s something along the lines of the Dems being so painfully tone-deaf. Their attitude from the start has been “Here’s the person you’ll vote for. Vote for her, peons!” Nothing gets a person’s back up faster than telling them what they WILL DO.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: January 19, 2010, 6:11 pm

This may be the start of a surprisingly entertaining year in US politics. IF Brown wins, and most especially IF he wins big (anything over 5 % margin), this is going to leave a mark. And I don’t mean a scuff mark on the floor. I mean the kind of mark the Chicxulub impactor left on the Yucatan at the K-T boundary. And no amount of spin by Dems and the MSM will stop the ripples from spreading.

I may be wrong, but I’m not uncertain.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: January 19, 2010, 6:13 pm

Scuttle the health care bill? Not only that; it will put the Cap on congress until we can Trade them in for, you know, actual COMPETENTS.

THE SCOTT HEARD ROUND THE WORLD!! It only makes it more delicious that it’s the One’s anniversary, and Kennedy’s seat. HAHAHA

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2010, 6:30 pm

That whirring sound you hear, harbqll, is my ancestors whirring in their graves. I’m originally a Tennesseean.

But, yeah, I lived in Rhode Island for thirty years. This is a very, very interesting electoral phenomenon. People always say Mass is the bluest blue state but, by the numbers, that would be Rhode Island. But the current RI governor, Carcieri, is a very credible conservative. It’s like on some level people instinctively know a degree of gridlock is good for them.

Or take Romney. I was disappointed in him as a presidential candidate, but he really is a pretty solid conservative.

I think it’s a similar phenomenon to the one where independents ping pong between parties.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 19, 2010, 6:39 pm

LOL John Stewart was ripping the shit out of the Dems last night on the Daily Show…. 😉


Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:00 pm

Stewart – “It’s not that the Democrats are playing checkers and the republicans are playing Chess, it’s that the republicans are playing chess and the Democrats are in the nurses office because they have once again glued their balls to their thighs…..” LOL

Comment from harbqll
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:03 pm

Oh, you’re a transplant. Didn’t know that. Fair enough, I’m one myself; grew up in Alaska, but live in Alabama.

And before you ask: yeah, it’s way too hot down here.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:13 pm

I was a very bad Southerner in that respect, harbqll. I fucking hated the heat. Horrible. Can’t stand it.

We’d go visit my grandmother in August in Baton Rouge and they’d be all, like, “run outside and play, children!” And I’d get out the door, run face-first into that wall of wet hot and collapse in a heap. Horrible, horrible place.

Always wanted to visit Alaska, though.

Comment from Allen
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:14 pm

I’m seeing the same thing out here in California for the upcoming Assembly seat race. My district is so red it’s blinding. We do have two parties, the conservatives and the ultra-conservatives.

The honchos just announced who will be running for the vacated seat, and their attitude was atrocious. It was basically, “you’ll take it, and like it.” The proposed candidate is as conservative as you could imagine, and would likely win on his own. But, it put people’s back up immediately. I think people of all political persuasions are getting incredibly mad about these people thinking they’re entitled to get elected.

That’s what happened in Mass. IMO. One person said “vote for me ’cause it’s mine,” and the other said, “I want to earn your vote.”

Comment from harbqll
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:27 pm

Oh, God. Baton Rouge in the summer time. I went to LSU for four miserable years. Not that school was bad, don’t get me wrong. But summers in a cheap-ass student’s apartment were horrible. I’d go hang out in the library just to be able to breathe.

June through September – 100*F, with 100% humidity, and not even the barest hint of wind. It was like walking around in an oven. Evil Wife and I went back to visit a few years ago, and were looking at each other with “how in the hell did we live here” melting off our faces.

And now the town is packed to the brim with ex-New Orleans Katrina escapees that never left…

Comment from Gromulin
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:29 pm

Allen, I’m guessing you are either in Placer or Orange County. Or way the heck up in Horseradishland. Yes?

I’m in Placer…red county surrounded by blue.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:37 pm

Oh, good grief… Louisianna ? You gotta be kidding…

Didn’t I see somewhere up above that you’re soon to be an actual Brit, S ? Well then, you’ll have to get your game face on. weather-wise. Off to the old Trucial Coast with you. Can’t blast a Brit out of there with dynamite. And it’s hot – not that pissy imitation that passes for hot in LA – I mean really hot.

Comment from harbqll
Time: January 19, 2010, 7:39 pm

@Allen- That sounds like a pretty reasonable suggestion. That whole vibe they put out about being essentially entitled to the Office.

We’ve got a Judge down here in Alabama that (long story short) had to fight off a corruption charge recently, and was forced to abdicate his seat in the process. He was found Not Guilty, and (I heard on the radio this morning) is talking about running for his former position, because “after a lifetime of public service, I’m feeling antsy not serving the people for the last year-and-a-half”.

All I could think was how did we get to the point were we stopped calling it ‘Being in a Position of Absolute Power’, and started calling it ‘Public Service’. This asshole doesn’t miss Serving the People, he misses having power over people’s lives.

[And in case you’re curious, dude’s name is Herman Thomas. Feel free to look up what this waste of space was charged with, if you like.]

Comment from Allen
Time: January 19, 2010, 8:09 pm

Gromulin, Kern County. Oil, ranching, farming, and generally hardnosed, leave me the hell alone folks. The funny thing about my area is that within a 50 mile radius of me are some of the largest “renewable” energy plants going, geothermal, wind, solar. We like it and support it, but we’re also “bitter clingers,” and think Cap and Trade is BS.

Harbqll, I know what you mean, and that’s the problem IMO. There is an increasing sense of entitlement by politicians. I personally am tired of them thinking that I have no ideas, or potential solutions, to the problems we face.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2010, 8:24 pm

Couple years yet, Mike. My current status is: Further Leave to Remain. In a year, I’ll be eligible for Indefinite Leave to Remain. A year after that, I can apply for citizenship.

If that goes according to plan, I’ll be one of the very last immigrants under that system. Après moi, they’re going for some kind of points-based ‘earned citizenship’ model. It could change if Labour goes out of power, but I doubt it. The civil service has a way of rolling on through changes of government.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: January 19, 2010, 8:33 pm

Yeah, but when do you get to sit in The House of Lords and all ?

Were I to attempt such a thing, my Scottish and Irish ancestors would rise from the dead and drape my tender parts all over the landscape.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 19, 2010, 8:48 pm

You kidding, dude? The Scots have been running this country for…ages and ages.

Comment from GenghisJohn
Time: January 19, 2010, 8:49 pm

I feel like a kid on Christmas eve…

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 19, 2010, 9:42 pm

Hey Stoatie. does anyone have Dennis Hopper in the dead pool? If not, I want to claim him…

Comment from David Gillies
Time: January 19, 2010, 9:57 pm

Ace is having rather more fun than one man can handle up in Boston. He has been on a tear with his pudding cups and ‘dipping’ (you have to read it to get the — predictably filthy — in-joke.)

Oh, and check out Intrade. They almost never call these things wrong. Their server is groaning under the load but it was something like 80/20 last time I looked.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:17 pm

Groaning hell, it up and DIED….

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:23 pm

WOO HOO!!!! Just posted on Drudge, Coakley has conceeded to Brown via phone!

Comment from Gregory the First
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:42 pm

Ace is all over it too. Drew’s even got the flaming skull up.

Comment from Red State Witch
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:45 pm

You know what this means? No incumbent is safe, no race is impossible to win, and there is NOTHING that cannot be changed. NEVER say never. Tomorrow let’s start working on the list of all the others that need to go.

Comment from Rodent
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:46 pm


Sweeter than Scott Tenorman’s Tears.

Doing the Snoopy dance here.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:48 pm


Comment from Lissa
Time: January 19, 2010, 10:56 pm

He won.


He won.

I’m so confused.

Or drugged.

Or . . . happy?

Comment from Mrs. Compton
Time: January 19, 2010, 11:16 pm

My absolute favorite thing is that this was “Kennedy’s” seat, the health care for all at what ever the cost senator. In the bluest of blue states. And a republican now is sitting in it and the rape of health care will not be done for “Teddy.” In one fell swoop, his legacy is gone…. right along with obama’s. Just freaking priceless!!!!

Comment from Joan of Argghh!
Time: January 20, 2010, 12:06 am

Wake up to good news, Stoaty! It’s been a long time coming.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: January 20, 2010, 12:17 am

Happy here in Sacramento County, CA. A long way from MA, but we’re happy nonetheless!

Comment from EZnSF
Time: January 20, 2010, 12:30 am

The Republic lives! Massachusetts yet again fights off the Blue-Coats!

English marmalade is still the best.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: January 20, 2010, 12:44 am

As somebody said, if it really were Kennedy’s seat it would be upside down and under water.

OK, now watch the Dems game this through procedural nonsense. Killing SocialistCare is going to be like killing Michael Myers in Halloween. This is the kind of bad guy where, unless you feed it into an industrial mincing machine, observe and collect the result, run it through again, dissolve it in hydrofluoric acid, neutralise it with lye, dump the result into a blast furnace, and then detonate a 20MT nuclear weapon inside the steelworks, it will not die. We’re talking full-on Terminator-grade evil here.

Still and all, I had lots of bacon for dinner tonight — then vodka! — and I’m feeling good (as in fish in the sea, scent of the pine, breeze driftin’ on by and so forth…)

Comment from JuliaM
Time: January 20, 2010, 1:47 am


Oh, ‘Comment is Free’ is going to be such fun today. Gary Younge was kicking off the ‘Oh, no, we never really believed Obama was all that..’ movement just yesterday.

Comment from Blast Hardcheese
Time: January 20, 2010, 7:09 am

Now we just need to get working on getting rid of that oxygen thief, John Forbes Kerry….

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 20, 2010, 7:28 am

Did you see HotAir had to disable comments last night? Every time they re-enabled them, it knocked the server over.

Oh, frabjous day! I had to go to bed early, on account of I have a driving lesson <spit> in a while, but it’s been dandy playing catch up this morning.

And, yes, Scoob — somebody popped up and took Dennis Hopper. You got to be quicker than that, when somebody famous is described in print as terminally ill. The early bird catches the dick.

Comment from steve
Time: January 20, 2010, 11:48 am

I am so disappointed in the results.

I worked hard on the campaign, and I cannot believe we lost. All the phone calls, all the meetings, all the organization…..standing for hours in the snow, holding signs at the polls….

And for WHAT?

Scott Brown LOST in my town by 100 votes!

And I had confidently predicted that I would DELIVER my town for Brown!

Now I do live in “Cambridge – North” so…..it was a bit of an uphill battle to get the vote even as close as we did…. but, still…I had hoped for, and predicted the clear victory.

And, add to that….I had pegged the election at an overall 15% margin of victory for Brown…. so I was somewhat disappointed with THAT, too!

Nonetheless….while drowning these relatively small sorrows with around 150 or so of my fellow activists, at the bar last night….we were able to find some small solace in the overall result…..

Comment from Deborah
Time: January 20, 2010, 1:13 pm

Steve—do not fash yourself over this. Recall how the Democrats* were saying that Brown’s campaign was a “win” in and of itself 🙂

*when the Democrats believed Coakley was a slam-dunk.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 20, 2010, 1:51 pm

Steve, you’re a champ! Many thanks to you and all the flying monkeys who knocked on doors and made phone calls.

Oh, you know that old Cosmo shoot that Laura Ingraham has described as Scott Brown “with his shirt off”? Ummmm…

Not that I’m complaining, mind you!

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: January 20, 2010, 3:36 pm

Or maybe it was Ann Coulter who described it thusly. I forget.

Anyhow, I made you guys a Rasslin’ Weasel design. Or three. Even if I’m still unclear on the appeal.

Comment from weirdsister
Time: January 20, 2010, 5:25 pm

David Gillies is right. That healthscare monstrosity will not die easily…we have to kick the living hell out of it, and every politician who supports it. No resting on our laurels here.

Re: the Cosmo centerfold…a little eye candy never hurt no one, ‘specially after having to look at that fat, murdering, drunken, degenerate, tub of lard Kennedy for all those years. Congress NEEDED some sex appeal, IMHO. 😉

Love the new weasel gear, Stoaty!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: January 20, 2010, 5:32 pm

I swear, at this rate, I’m going to have to hang a red light in the window 😉

Comment from Umer Sharif
Time: June 21, 2010, 3:25 am

I think nice!

Comment from Umar Sharif
Time: August 11, 2010, 9:26 am


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