BOSTON (AP) — Drawing on the political might of the White House, Democrats have exorcized the ghost of Scott Brown.
Three years after the little-known Republican state senator shocked the political world with an unlikely victory here, veteran Democratic U.S. Rep. Ed Markey won the special election Tuesday for U.S. Senate to replace John Kerry, defeating a Republican political newcomer with an all-star resume who failed to inspire Massachusetts voters and Washington's GOP leaders alike.Markey - a career political hack who has been a US Rep for nearly as long as I've been alive - defeated a nobody by a whopping 10 points. 55%-45%. That was the margin of victory in a race where the Democrat had the support of the entire Democratic establishment and the Republican had ... [cue crickets]. They're trumpeting this as some resounding victory for the Democrats both in Massachusetts and across the nation.
A measly 10% win - in Massachusetts - over a nobody was the best they could do.
Ted Kennedy used to win by margins of 30% or more - and he didn't even bother campaigning. Both he and John Kerry faced re-election campaigns where there wasn't even a GOP candidate running against them. Ed Markey wins this election by 10% and this is the new surging DNC? Really? You want to hitch your wagon to that star, be my guest. 2014 isn't going to turn out like you expect, folks...
It's quite disappointing that the RNC chose to write this election off, but then again, they're not called The Stupid Party for nothing. A strong showing - even if Markey had won, but by a lesser margin - would have shown that they're actually in the game. But they'd rather stay out of it, preferring to distance themselves from what they perceived as a no-win election, than to actually fight for something. TL/DR, standard Stupid Party.
Markey is replacing John "Do you know who I am" Kerry, so it's not like the ideology is going to change any...
That is all.