Monday, January 18, 2010

Tuesday's decision in Massachusetts

Tuesday, Massachusetts will elect a new senator. Democrats, anticipating an earthshaking defeat of the Democrat candidate, are talking about delaying the Republican candidate's acceptance into the Senate if he is elected, by whatever means possible.
Scott Brown has a better than even chance of winning the seat, which Rep. Barney Frank has said would derail the radical health care bill in Congress.
But Fred Barnes of the Weekly Standard has an interesting take on the Democrat delaying tactic. The current interim senator, named to fill the vacancy after the death of Ted Kennedy, will no longer be a senator after tomorrow, in the view of some lawyers.
That means they can delay Brown's seating, but it won't help their hurryup effort to pass Obamacare.
Another issue is whether Brown will be allowed to win, as the polls say he will. Democrats tried to steal the 2000 presidential election in Florida and could make another effort tomorrow in the critical Senate race.
A lot is a stake and in a high-stakes political game, anything goes.

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