And the Democrat Spin Begins ...
Congratulations to Senator Scott Brown on his victory in America's Liberal heartland, Massachusetts. The former state senator ran an excellent campaign to replace the late Ted Kennedy, and despite the seemingly insurmountable odds and 30 point deficit in polling last month, he emerged victorious.
The contortions from MSNBC have been incredible as they have attempted to downplay the election and portray Senator Brown as a "moderate" or even slightly "left-of-center" politician. This is an incredible change of heart from the network that just days ago called Senator Brown a "irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees." They have done everything they can to distance Obama from the race, and pretend this election is not a referendum on his radical, liberal agenda. Unfortunately for their message, most of the people watching MSNBC do so for the entertainment value.
Despite what Maddow, Olbermann, and Matthews would like to believe, Scott Brown won an election in the heart of liberal America by promoting a strong Conservative platform and directly opposing Health Reform and the rest of President Obama's agenda. His acceptance speech tonight reaffirmed his position--which is probably why MSNBC chose not to air it unedited. Brown focused on his opposition to the Health Care bill, his determination to see the American Military remains "second to none," and a reverence for the Constitution. On Terrorism, he said we should be spending our money "buying weapons to defeat them, not hiring lawyers to defend them."
At every election, Liberals spew venom over the airwaves while chastising Republicans for any criticism of the Democrats' leadership. They claim to be looking out for the GOP's best interests and cite a concern that "inflammatory rhetoric" will drive Independent voters away from Republican candidates. Senator Brown's campaign has definitively shattered any remaining credibility for such claims. As he said himself, "we are united by basic convictions that only need to be stated clearly to win a majority." That statement ought to be the mantra of every Republican campaign from now until the audacity of unfettered liberalism has been driven out of our government.
If a Republican can win in a state with three times as many registered Democrats, and do so running on a Conservative platform, then the GOP should be extremely successful in 2010. However, it is not enough to "not be a Democrat." It is not enough to merely critique liberalism's failures. If the GOP candidates are to be truly successful, then they must actively promote a true alternative to the American people as Senator Brown did in Massachusetts.