By Tom Mullen: Guest columnist
A Massachusetts miracle happened Tuesday with the incredible victory of Republican Scott Brown in the special election to fill the remaining three years of the U.S. Senate seat held by Democratic icon Sen. Edward Kennedy until his death last year.
This almost unbelievable result is an astounding majority voter rebellion against President Obama, his ideological allies in the Congress and their left-wing agenda.
That this improbable Republican victory happened in perhaps the most Democratic-dominated state in the nation only adds to the monstrous message of majority rejection of current leftist policies, a message of defiance that Massachusetts voters rocketed to the White House and Congressional Democrats.
Consider the political makeup of Massachusetts.
Start with the fact that less than 15 months ago, President Obama carried the state against Republican John McCain by a 26-percent margin.
All six elected statewide officeholders are Democrats — the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer and auditor.
There are 200 members of the state legislature, and 90 percent of them are Democrats.
The State Senate has 34 Democrats, only five Republicans (one was new U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown), and one vacancy. The Massachusetts House of Representatives is just as lopsided, with 145 Democrats and the lonely 15 Republicans.
The state sends 10 members to the U.S. House of Representatives — all are Democrats.
Ted Kennedy held his U.S. Senate seat from 1963 to 2009, almost a half century. He won mostly overwhelming voter support in those nine elections. His brother, President John F. Kennedy, held the same Senate seat from 1953 through 1960. The state’s other U. S. senator, Democrat John Kerry, has held his seat since 1985.
Is there another state in the nation where a Republican candidate’s prospects are any worse than in what some mocking pundits have labeled the People’s Republic of Massachusetts? Registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by almost 1.1 million voters.
The latest available registration figures, from the 2008 general election, showed a meager 12 percent were Republicans, three times as many Democrats at 37 percent, with the remaining 51 percent of the electorate unaffiliated. The state has fewer than 500,000 registered Republicans compared with almost 1.6 million registered Democrats. One wonders why Republicans even bother to run in a statewide race there.
Despite having the deck stacked against him, the GOP’s Scott Brown won Tuesday’s election with 52 percent of the votes over Democratic foe Martha Coakley’s 47 percent. His margin of victory was close to 110,000 votes.
Coakley previously had won a statewide election, in 2006 being elected state attorney general with 73 percent of the vote against the GOP candidate. Last December she won her party’s U.S. Senate nomination with a dominant 47 percent of the votes in a four-way contest. Her closest party rival for the nomination, a member of the U.S. House, was a distant second at 28 percent.
Despite the spin of instant critics of her losing U.S. Senate race, Coakley has a proven track record as a successful and formidable vote-getter.
Scott Brown won the GOP nomination with 89 percent of his party’s primary voters. However, only 165,000 Republicans voted in the Dec. 8 primary compared with 669,000 Democrats who picked their party’s Senate nominee. That big turnout difference is another demonstration of how Democrats overwhelmingly outnumber Republicans in Massachusetts.
Back in December, Scott Brown’s prospects for the January faceoff with Martha Coakley looked bleak. He trailed in early polls by 20 percent or more.
U. S. Senator-elect Brown won Tuesday’s mountain-moving election by directly and unequivocally running against the Obama-Pelosi-Reid policy priorities of the left. Martha Coakley ran as the Democrats’ anointed successor to liberal Ted Kennedy by championing essentially every major initiative of the national Democrats who have dominated the federal establishment in Washington for the last year.
Spin it anyway the national Democratic leaders and their media partners may choose, there really is no logical or honest way to interpret this stunning election upset by Scott Brown as anything except a majority repudiation of the Obama-Pelosi-Reid actions and agenda. That this outright rejection came about in the most unlikely of states is a clear warning to Democrats that a majority of voters across our nation is on the verge of open revolt against Democratic leadership attempts to force march the United States ever more to the left.
Socialism on steroids is not what a majority of Americans will support.