An Intriguing Long Shot: Could Massachusetts Save Us From Obamacare?

Now if this isn’t a wild ride of an idea! Maybe it was the eggnog or maybe…

A TWS reader e-mails: 

“Hey Mr. Kristol, is there some supersecret plot to ignore the Massachusetts Senatorial election scheduled for JANUARY 19, where an actual REPUBLICAN has a chance to become the 41ST member of the Republican caucus, which might find it in its interest to…persuade a certain Senatorial election committee to pay attention to the race or send money or have actual prominent Republican types come to the state to campaign for the very telegenic State Sen. Scott Brown, who’s running against an undistinguished mouse of a Dem Party apparatchick who’s so pro-abortion she’s almost promising to do the procedure herself and doesn’t carry the last name of Kennedy?

Just askin’!”


He signs himself, “Perhaps Inordinately Hopefully Yours.”

He is perhaps inordinately hopeful. But he’s right: the health care bill wouldn’t come back to the Senate from the House (if a new version passes the House—which as I argued earlier, isn’t a laydown) until after January 19th. So a 41st Republican senator could stop Obamacare. Now, of course the Democrat Martha Coakley is the overwhelming favorite. But someone might want to commission a poll in Massachusetts to see what might happen if the Senate race could be made a referendum on Obamacare. Brown and Coakley debated last night, and they clashed on the health care bill. But so far as I can tell, Brown didn’t emphasize that by electing him, the voters of Massachusetts have a chance to save the country from Obamacare. What if there were a massive independent expenditure that made that point? I bet Obamacare isn’t popular even in Massachusetts. And it would be novelistically satisfying if the Democrats lost Ted Kennedy’s seat on the issue of government-run health care, thereby dooming…government-run health care.

Posted by William Kristol on December 22, 2009 10:54 PM

Posted by William Kristol on December 22, 2009 10:54 PM

What would Christmas be, without Mao at Whitehouse?

Its been described by the MSM that Christmas at the WH is very different this year– oh yes it is!  A desecration of  OUR house, Mr. Zero: From Big Government:

Mr. Doonan, who is creative director of Barney’s New York has often caused a stir with his design choices.  For this year’s White House, he didn’t disappoint.

Like his naughty yuletide window display of Margaret Thatcher as a dowdy dominatrix and Dan Quayle as a ventriloquist’s dummy. For this year’s White House, he didn’t disappoint. These photos of ornaments on the White House Christmas tree in the Blue Room were taken just days ago. Of course, Mao has his place in the White House. And, so soon after collecting the Nobel Peace Prize, why wouldn’t the White House have an ornament super-imposing President Obama onto Mt. Rushmore

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