Friday, January 22, 2010

Scott Brown And The Bursting Of The Liberal Isolation Bubble In Massachusetts

Pity those residents of Cambridge and Amherst - they have awakened to a new political reality.  Heh:

"They filed in and out of coffeehouses, all but crying in their cappuccinos, barely touching their carrot cake muffins, still in shock that Scott Brown - a Republican! - had been elected to the US Senate in the state that pioneered universal health care, legalized same-sex marriage, and normally sends 12 Democrats to Congress.

In the days since the unthinkable happened, diehard Democrats have been forced to confront results that suggest Massachusetts votes much the way rest of the country does - blue on the edges with a big red swath in the middle. They have grappled with the possibility that the Commonwealth, until this week viewed by the much of the country as an outpost of extreme liberalism, may not be all that. And that has left them blue - in the other meaning of the word - over Martha Coakley’s defeat."

“I’m upset. I’m heartbroken. I just hate the idea that the Republicans have just won,’’ said Nick Seamon, owner of The Black Sheep, a bakery/bastion of liberalism on Main Street in Amherst. Yesterday, Seamon served up one of his best-selling Republican Party cookies (“because they are full of fruits and nuts’’), and summed up the jolt delivered by the vote."

Real cute, that Republican party cookie thing.  Had they spent more time trying to understand what was happening all around them - and less time disparaging people for having political views different from their own - they wouldn't have been caught off guard.  Arrogant.  Elitist. Just plain stupid.  Thank you, Scott Brown!

Read the whole thing.

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