Scott Brown handily trounced (52-47, with 1% for independent candidate Joseph Kennedy, no relation to “the” Kennedys) the anointed Democratic candidate in possibly the bluest state in the Union. Instapundit is all over the story, as 0bama’s spinmeisters and media groupies are out-clowning themselves. My heartiest congratulations and G-dspeed to the new Republican senator from Massachusetts — the first since Henry Cabot Lodge [!!], if I am not mistaken.
As a great man said in another context: “This is not the end. This is not the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning.”
Meanwhile, this Rush song is for Scott Brown.
A certain measure of innocence
Willing to appear naive
A certain degree of imagination
A measure of make-believe
A certain degree of surrender
To the forces of light and heat
A shot of satisfaction
In a willingness to risk defeat
Celebrate the moment
As it turns into one more
Another chance at victory
Another chance to score
The measure of the moment
In a difference of degree
Just one little victory
A spirit breaking free
…One little victory…The greatest act can be…One little victory…
UPDATE: Rasmussen Reports crunched the numbers.
In the end, Brown pulled off the upset in large part because he won unaffiliated voters by a 73% to 25% margin. The senator-elect also picked up 23% of the vote from Democrats. [Our polling shows that 53% of voters in Massachusetts are Democrats, 21% Republican and 26% not affiliated with either party.]
Coakley also barely carried a usually reliable Democratic constituency. Union workers went for her by just six points, 52% to 46%.
Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state say health care was the most important factor in their voting decision.[…] Twenty-five percent (25%) of Massachusetts voters say the economy was most important.
Forty-seven percent (47%) favor the health care legislation before Congress while 51% oppose it. However, the intensity was clearly with those who are opposed. Just 25% of voters in Massachusetts Strongly Favor the plan while 41% Strongly Oppose it.
Fifty percent (50%) say it would be better to pass no health care legislation at all rather than passing the bill before Congress.