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Brown takes upset bid to Bruins game

By Karl Vick
BOSTON - Republican Scott Brown positioned himself just outside the entrance to The TD Garden 45 minutes before the Boston Bruins faced off against the Ottawa Senators inside. The fans converged from every direction, including underground, the elevated train tracks that shrouded the old Garden having been moved, like so much of Boston, underground. It is a city that bears little of the feel it had two decades ago.

"The liberals are gone, too" announced Dennis Sheehan, an electric technician from Lowell. "They went too far. They left this country."

Sheehan, 54, was at the edge of perhaps 200 people who swarmed around Brown as 1 p.m. approached. Born and raised to vote Democrat in a blue collar, Irish Catholic family, he went Republican for Ronald Reagan and stayed there. Half of his family did the same, but the other half continued to vote Democrat, at least through last year's presidential election.

"The half of my family who voted for Obama are for Brown," Sheehan declared, from beneath a stocking cap of thick wool. "They felt sold out. He said he'd bring the whole country together. I've never seen the country so divided in my life, and I grew up in the 60s, with Vietnam.

"That was a generation gap. It's a cultural divide now. If we say something, they say it's racist or something. And they can say whatever they want. It's like we're living in two different countries now."

A man behind him shouted: "Who's seat?" The crowd shouted back: "The people's seat!"

A Toyota 4x4 drove by, tooting. A rocker and American flag were fixed to the roof, a stuffed elephant on the spare.

"We're not being heard no more," Sheehan went on. "We lost our say in government. And that's what our government was based on in the first place."

Martha Coakley, the state attorney general who won the Democratic primary, emerged from a party establishment he sees as both arrogant and a bit lazy. Up by 30 points after the Dec. 8 primary, polls show her even, at best, a day before voters will go to the polls.

"They thought the whole election was sealed already, and surprise, surprise surprise!" Sheehan said, with evident glee. "She didn't campaign til last week. This guy is meeting the people. He's a people person."

Pressed against the giant yellow letters spelling "GARDEN," the candidate autographed homemade signs, shook hands, posed for photos.

"You'd think Obama was over there or something," said Tamara Berish, glancing at the throng as she hurried into the arena. She had never heard the name Scott Brown. "All I care about right now is the game."

Mary Smith, a school nurse from Stoneham, was more delighted than distracted.

"I love this guy," she said. "I love him because first of all he's genuine. He's humble. And he's a real guy. I want less government. He represents less government, more choices for us. I think he's just authentic."

A registered Republican, formerly independent, Smith, 52, said she understood the national interest in the contest.

"It's a referendum on what's going on in Washington. The health care bill, I'm a nurse, it's awful. People don't understand what's going to happen."

As Brown moved back toward his bus, painted red white and blue, Brenda Staples snapped a picture with her mobile phone. It was a honey: a flag fluttering behind the candidate, people pressing toward him, and framing it all, a local television reporter doing a piece to camera as the whole extravaganza crabbed down the sidewalk.

"My daughter called from Georgia this morning," Staples said. "She said they had a prayer meeting for him."

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Posted by: mdwalton | January 19, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Erslo,
As a former Calfornian, I thought you would know about the situation out here - but your limited ability to understand (and not repeat right wing talking points and myths) prevents you from doing so.

California's crisis winds all the way back to 1978's Proposition 13, which cut property-tax rates 57% and forced the state to rely more heavily on income tax revenue. When Californians were wealthy, the tactic generated a surplus, enabling politicians to cut taxes, pad budgets and bask in their popularity. But when times were lean, the state struggled to pay its bills. Governor Pete Wilson encountered this dilemma in 1991, as did Gray Davis in 2003. Now it's Arnold Schwarzenegger's turn to try to wrestle a highly partisan legislature into slashing enough programs to eliminate a towering deficit.

California's system of governance seems designed to thwart any solution its lawmakers propose. With a two-thirds majority required to raise taxes or pass a budget, 40% of public funds earmarked for public schools and no method of overriding voter initiatives, California seems stymied by a complex puzzle that no one can solve.

My race should have nothing to do with this discussion, but this statement and some others show your true beliefs. Your move is no loss to the great state of California.

Posted by: ladodger | January 19, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

ladodger:
I think it was Benjamin Franklin who said that "everyone is born ignorant, but it takes work to be stupid".
I thought that perhaps you were not to blame, for your ridiculous posts, but I was clearly wrong.
When you so obviously refuse to go to the websites of the Democratic Socialists of America, read their program for the overthrow of the American government, and all the socialist policies they have in store for us, you show a great deal of yourself to the World.
I naturally assumed that you're an adult of American ancestry, and not on the California welfare roles. I'm probably wrong about that, too.
What I can be sure of is that you're not as intelligent as I gave you credit for being. You live in a state, where the environmental groups have shut of water for the San Juaquin valley, in favor of a little fish, that isn't even indiginous to the area, and putting thousands of people out of work.
Your state is in the toilet, and in danger of filing for bankruptcy, but the environmental groups won't let you drill for oil, that could pay off your debt in a few years. You live in a state that subsidizes millions of illegal Mexicans at taxpayer expense.
In short, you have the honor of living in a state that's controlled by Democrats. As Mexicans overflow your borders coming in, businesses overflow your borders going out.
Forty years ago, in Los Angeles, two thirds of all the childbirth at General Hospital were illegal Mexican woman. The state paid for prenatal care, the birthing, housing, food, and expense money. That was FORTY years ago. And the taxpayers had to foot the bill. I know it's much worse, now.
Look around, good citizen, and see all the welfare programs that California offers, all at taxpayer expense.
I lived in Los Angeles for fifty years, and was in business. I finally packed up and got out, never to return, just like thousands of other businesses. What are you going to do, when most of the businesses leave California, and YOU have to foot the bill? You're already living in a socialist state, but you're too ignorant to see it, or perhaps you're one of the ones soaking the taxpayer for your welfare. ENJOY!

Posted by: erslo | January 19, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

Jlarranga,
There is no evidence that the leaders of the Democratic party are socialists, and that is why I did not acknowledge Erslo's silly comment. Stretch those statements all you want, but I think it is clear you are not understanding what the term socialist really means.

And Erslo,
I am in Los Angeles, and for you to blame our two Senators shows your ignorance of how states work. Your further comments about the "mainstream media" show that you prefer your news from a source that states your opinion, such as Fox News - likely as you are unable to synthesize and process information on your own and need to regurgitate sound bites.

Posted by: ladodger | January 19, 2010 1:57 AM | Report abuse

ladodger:
I take it, from your "handle", that you're from Los Angeles. If so, that would explain your lack of argument points. If you are from Los Angeles, then you might be interested to know that Boxer and Feinstein, are on the list, and just might explain why your state is IN THE TOILET!
And, if it isn't too taxing, why don't you explain to me all the virtues of Obamas czars? C'mon, I'm sure you can come up with some really witty examples. And, while you're at it, please explaine why everything the Democrats do has to be done in complete secrecy? Wouldn't you, like millions of adoring fans, want a step by step of the process that "OUR LEADER" is using, to bring utopia to the masses? In a way I feel like I should apologize to you, because I might be taking too much for granted.
Is it possible that you only get your news, and therefor you views, from the mainstream press? If so, then you haven't the slightest idea of what I'm talking about. If that's the case, then I do apologize. You have no way of knowing the argument from the other side. Might I suggest that you watch Fox News, and try to do it with an open mind. If you're accustomed to only news from the "alphabets", like so many others, then your remarks, and sentiments are understandable. I've been arguing with you, thinking that you've been getting all the news, and not just the party line. In any event I want you to know that I wish you no ill, just a better understanding of what's happening, from a different point of view from yours. This country was founded on some pretty definite principles, as were other countries. Over the ages there are those that hijacked the societies of those countries, and made them something else. I, and millions of others believe that this is what is happening to our country, now. I think all the evidence is there, if one will recognize it for what it is. Some, perhaps yourself included, are too young to remember when the history of what made us the greatest country in the World, was taught in schools. We didn't go around the World, apologizing, and bowing to foreign powers. We knew what it was to be an "American". That, sadly, is no longer the case. And, if you were not taught these principles in school, then you're probable not to blame, but are a victim of the "new world order".

Posted by: erslo | January 19, 2010 1:27 AM | Report abuse

LAdodger (aka discussion DODGER)...

Maybe you should do as erslo suggests and learn a bit of history before pronouncing those who are in command of the facts as not connected to reality. you stated, "Your description of Democratic party leaders as socialists betrays your knowledge of the facts and issues"

That is a grand pronouncement which as usual is not backed up with any evidence to the contrary. Anyone with a high school education (from 20 years ago or later) should know that the Democratic party and today's liberals and progressives were all born from the same movement...

for more information on the Democratic Socialists of America and their OPEN affiliation to the Democratic party...here are THEIR OWN WORDS!!!!!

DSA summarizes its philosophy as follows: "Today … [r]esources are used to make money for capitalists rather than to meet human needs. We believe that the workers and consumers who are affected by economic institutions should own and control them. Social ownership could take many forms, such as worker-owned cooperatives or publicly owned enterprises managed by workers and consumer representatives. Democratic Socialists favor as much decentralization as possible. ... While we believe that democratic planning can shape major social investments like mass transit, housing, and energy, market mechanisms are needed to determine the demand for many consumer goods."

DSA seeks to increase its political influence not by establishing its own party, but rather by working closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas. "Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party," says DSA. "We work with those movements to strengthen the party's left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus. ... Maybe sometime in the future ... an alternative national party will be viable. For now, we will continue to support progressives who have a real chance at winning elections, which usually means left-wing Democrats."

Posted by: jlarranaga | January 19, 2010 1:24 AM | Report abuse

Erslo,
You are a piece of work. You have no clue of what you are talking about.

Posted by: ladodger | January 19, 2010 12:47 AM | Report abuse

ladodger:
Quote: there are none so blind, well, you get the idea. It's obvious that you didn't google Democratic Socialists of America, so you've lost the argument. If you want to remain ignorant that's your business. But you've lost the right to preach. You have a closed mind, and that's sad, but very common. Relax, you're in good company, as there are millions of other blind people in your party.

Posted by: erslo | January 19, 2010 12:39 AM | Report abuse

Erslo,
You have your OWN version of the facts, which don't seem to be well connected to reality.

Posted by: ladodger | January 19, 2010 12:30 AM | Report abuse

jlarranaga:
You tell it like it is! Good on ya'.

Posted by: erslo | January 19, 2010 12:20 AM | Report abuse

ladodger:
"Your description of Democratic party leaders as socialists betrays your knowledge of the facts and issues"
Oh really? Well, why don't you google Democratic Socialists of America websites, there are many, and look at the names on the roster of their "proud" members.
The list of names is the who's who of the "democratic" party, and is far too long to list here. Then get back to me with your denials. Don't tell me I don't have my facts and issues straight. We are being led down the garden path by avowed socialists, and communists. For Gods sake, don't you know the affiliation of Obamas czars, er Cabinet? Look at their backgrounds! Are you blind, as well as ignorant?

Posted by: erslo | January 19, 2010 12:17 AM | Report abuse

In response to PRINTTHIS:

If you don't believe in evolution... (you mean if you believe in God but also believe that the THEORY of evolution has merit but is not the definitive answer as to where we came from-- hence the term THEORY?)

If you think Obama caused the
problems over the past 8 years...(so the Democrats have controlled DC for 4 years in Congress, but ALL of the 'problems' are the fault of the former administration?? Sorry, but you cant have it both ways. Sen. Obama voted for TARP and then had the audacity (not of hope) to blame that program on Bush... this is naked dishonesty)

If you don't want health care reform...(you mean if you are against this legislative piece of turd which cannot get votes from Democrats without BILLIONS in bribes to Senators and Unions?-- seriously, if either House or Senate bill was so wonderful on its merits, why has there been so much arm twisting and bribery in both chambers to get the required votes within the DEMOCRATIC party???)

If you don't want education reform...(how about REAL reform, like SCHOOL CHOICE?? Funny how liberals are PRO-CHOICE for reproductive rights of woman but nothing else!)

If you don't believe in global warming.. (sorry, may of us have looked at the SCIENCE and this notion that man caused the temperature to rise in the past 30 years doesn't hold water-- but oh wait, since I am not a progressive I must be too stupid to be able to form a different opinion than the one they have come to. Again, if the merits of the global warming man made link are so strong on their own then why does the left insist on stifling debate? You would think they would relish the chance to "expose the "ignorance" of the other side)

If you think the Iraq war was a good idea.. (I think that the same people who criticized GW Bush for the Iraq war would have gone crazy with contempt had he done nothing in Iraq-- remember after 9-11 that we as a country decided we were not going to let "threats" gather against us and not act. Given the "concensus" of the INTERNATIONAL intel agencies which all stated publicly that Saddam had WMD; Bush would have been lambasted in a post 9-11 world for not acting on such "clear evidence". The fact is that leftists hated Bush and he was an easy target for the typical liberal spin and talking points-- note how frequently liberals call any Republican stupid, unintelligent or make fun of their speech of social status or religious beliefs (calling them hicks or red necks or cowboys or bible beaters etc etc)...

more of the same garbage from the left.

MAYBE America is finally waking up and MAYBE the Republican party will return to its conservative roots and STAY there!

The only correct thing about your original post was that "you get what you deserve." Americans votes for an empty vessel of hope with zero experience and now it shows. We deserve what we get when ignorant and uninformed fools vote as the bought and paid for media tell them to.

Posted by: jlarranaga | January 19, 2010 12:05 AM | Report abuse

Erslo,
Yes, I am a proud Democrat - and realize that the GOP of today is not the party of my Grandfather. Your description of Democratic party leaders as socialists betrays your knowledge of the facts and issues, and your commment about 'real Americans' shows your bias and demonstrates you are capable of repeating right wing talking points.

Posted by: ladodger | January 18, 2010 11:58 PM | Report abuse

What planet am I from? You are obviously a Democrat. What's the matter, truth hurt, or can't you bear to look at a skunk and call it a skunk? I suppose you think the likes of pelosi, reid, fwank, and the rest of the democratic socialists are the heart of America. Guess again Bosco, the truth about this administration is out, and the people are speaking. It won't be long, say about November 2010, when all the skunks will be thrown out, and real Americans will be elected. Can't handle it, move to a different planet.

Posted by: erslo | January 18, 2010 11:51 PM | Report abuse

What planet am I from? You are obviously a Democrat. What's the matter, truth hurt, or can't you bear to look at a skunk and call it a skunk? I suppose you think the likes of pelosi, reid, and the rest of the democratic socialists are the heart of America. Guess again Bosco, the truth about this administration is out, and the people are speaking. It won't be long, say about Noverber 2010, when all the skunks will be thrown out, and real Americans will be elected. Can't handle it, move to a different planet.

Posted by: erslo | January 18, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

Erslo,
What delusional planet are you on? Clearly, you are not with us.

Posted by: ladodger | January 18, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

Obama and company came on the scene, and got elected by making all kinds of promises to the American people. I don't care which side of the isle you sit on, you can't deny that Obama LIED. He talked a good game, by trying to appear as a true blue American, but his past, and past associations have finally caught up with him. We now know that he's a communist/marxist/socialist, and wants to bankrupt the U.S., so that he, and his minions can take over the total rule of the U.S. in much the same way that Hitler did in Germany. The only difference between the two is that the German economy was already in the tank, when Hitler took over. That's not the case with us. Obama, and his minions have to first destroy our economy, THEN he can take over. He has no love for the United States, because he's not an American. If he was, he would proudly show his American birth certificate, instead of spending a million dollars in attorney fees, to keep it hidden. He's a fake, a liar, and a communist, and doesn't desereve to breath our air.

Posted by: erslo | January 18, 2010 11:31 PM | Report abuse

Whose seat? The people's seat!

Whose Congress? The people's Congress!!

Whose White House? The people's White House!!!

Onward to 2010 and 2012!!!!

Posted by: WashingtonDame | January 18, 2010 10:51 PM | Report abuse

I am an American and a student doctor who has lived in the socialist country of Ireland for years. I have seen how horrible socialized health care is. In Ireland, under socialized medicine, the emergency room wait times are 8 hours long even if you have a medical emergency. A friend of mine in Ireland was having an asthma attck and had to wait hours without any treatment at all. Even when patients in Ireland have cancer they have to wait months and months; 6 months and more for treatment or surgery for cancer sometimes. Socialized medicine is HORRIBLE. WE do not want to ruin the American health care system by bringing in socialized medicine here. People from all over teh world come to America for surgery and medical care because we have the best medical care in teh world right now. The health care bill that the Democrats want to pass sounds alot like socialized medicine to me. We need a health care bill that will focus only on providing health care for teh poor only not change teh entire health care system. We need a new health care bill. Do not force this horrible health care bill down the American people's throats. Our health care system will be ruined and many people will end up very ill because of it!!!!

Posted by: ainemitchell | January 18, 2010 10:19 PM | Report abuse

hi All! I really hope that Scott Brown wins the election tomorrow. Martha Coakley seems totally out of touch with the real people of Massachusetts. For example. Martha did not even know that Curt Shilling was a member of the Boston Red Sox team. She stated that "Curt Shilling was a Yankee fan," and unbelievably she was not kidding. Also, Martha made some arrogant comments about how Catholics who do not believe in prescribing the morning after pill which induces abortion, should not be allowed to work in emergency rooms. I am a pro-life student doctor who is a Catholic and it is against my religious beliefs to prescribe any kind of contraceptive or any kind of pill that worud induce an abortion. So I guess Martha Coakeley feels that people like me should not be allowed to work as doctors in emergency rooms then! How insulting. Has Martha Coakeley not heard that we all have religious freedom still in America? We are not a communist or socialist Marxist country!!!!Also, it seems like this health care bill that is going to cost trillions of dollars( so much money) for Americans and will probably end up bankrupting America, is being jammed down the throats of Americans at lightning speed. This health care bill is huge and it seems that most of the Senators who voted yes for this bill have not even read it yet. Why can't we take the necessary time to come up with a good health care bill plan that won't bankrupt our country? Why is this bill being pushed on all of us without the proper time to think about whetehr or not we really want this health care bill? VOTE for Scott Brown!!!!! He will save America from being Bankruptcy by getting us all more time to get a cheaper cost effective health care bill in time!!!! Thank you.

Posted by: ainemitchell | January 18, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

Coakley is a typical liberal, arrogant and ignorant.

Posted by: robtr | January 18, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

This could be a game-changer: it's just been announced on DailyKos that Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg has endorsed Martha Coakley. Ms. Schlossberg stated: "I, you know, will be, like, saying an endorsement for Maria Cockley. She is, you know, the kind of woman that my Uncle Teddy really liked. She is pro-union and pro-choice and loves the Haitian peoples."

Posted by: wagtdn | January 18, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Obama has finally "jumped the shark".
Scott Brown is capturing the imagination of the people, stands as an antithesis to the arm twisting, bribing, and backroom dealing which starkly contrasts with Obamas rhetoric of transparency pre-election.
Obama is trying to socialize the country, bastardizing successful small business people, forcing 20 year olds to buy insurance for fear of penalties. At this point Dems want to pass "some kind of health care bill" to vindicate Obama without regard to its content. While fragile jobless recovery inches ahead, this health care bill threatens to bury it. Go people of Mass, Let freedom ring. Go Scott Brown!!!!!!!

Posted by: drscrumf | January 18, 2010 9:15 PM | Report abuse

Vietnam was a cultural divide. Most, if not all, of the divisive issues we face today and, have faced in the last forty years go back to Vietnam era. Most Americans want to forget Vietnam, but, that's a mistake. We need to go back to that time and place and study it, live it and learn it! Only then, will we know and understand how we got here. We can't escape the sixties, we live it every day in this country. The election in Mass. is no exception. I hope the voters of Mass. will amke the right decision tomorrow!

Posted by: lcasey1 | January 18, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

.........

If you don't believe in evolution...
If you think Obama caused the
problems over the past 8 years...
If you don't want health care reform...
If you don't want education reform...
If you don't believe in global warming..
If you think the Iraq war was a good idea..

Then you get what you deserve.

Posted by: printthis | January 18, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

All you who support this pathetic health care plan should read the Constitution and the Federalist Papers. This bill is an assault on our liberties that were paid for in the blood of our forefathers. Limited government is essential for our country to remain great. I fear we are already too far gone. Government should not be in the health care business. It is government regulation that has created some of the problems. If we passed tort reform (the doctors that I have spoken with all agree that tort reform would lower health care costs), allowed health insurance to be sold across state lines, and expanded the availability of HSA's, you would see the true competition for your health care dollar and costs decline significantly. As for the uninsured, that is not a government problem. It is a societal problem that can be remedied by caring people donating money to local hospitals and clinics that serve the uninsured. Keep government out of my health care choices!

Posted by: Nutjob1 | January 18, 2010 8:39 PM | Report abuse

Coakley seems to be following the same script Kathleen Kennedy Townsend followed when she lost to Erlich.

Obama shouldn't have bothered with the trip. She's going to (and should) lose.

Posted by: mikem1 | January 18, 2010 8:17 PM | Report abuse

Repugnant is seeing a large segment of our American society bent on not allowing another large segment any measure of health care. Repugnant is seeing that playing out against the poverty and anguish of Haiti. Repugnant is a society at odds with itself, one segment rushing to the aid of human beings crushed by not only a natural event but the ravishes of poverty... and other half so insensitive to our own poverty and imbalance of wealth.

Repugnant is seeing a political party willing to wage a class war just for the sole purpose of defeating the President, who happens to be a member of the other political party.

Repugnant is the agenda of the Republican Party.

I hope that helps those of you in the GOP understand the meaning of repugnant.

Posted by: Genefox1 | January 18, 2010 8:10 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sheehan's comments are so spontaneous and thoughtful. The nurse's comments are based on her first hand experiences. These sound like good people who not only want to be fairly represented but regret the division in the country.
Obama's need to use his "political capital" to railroad through a healthcare bill with his initials on it has cost us dearly in wasted time and dissension.
We needed real attention to the economy. Every aspect of the healthcare overhaul has exposed a process that has been some combination of corrupt, deceptive, misleading, unfair or unjust. What a mistake for the Obama administration and what a drain on the country. This was a pulling the wool game.

Posted by: pjcafe | January 18, 2010 8:04 PM | Report abuse

Rdemczuk,
I suppose the "worse" you mention is Bush's Florida stunt in 2000?

Posted by: ladodger | January 18, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Genefox1 wrote that the Republicans became repugnant. If repugnant means that they threw away core gem conservative principles and became essentially right-wing leftist socialists, yeah. If repugnant means Republicans returning to those conservative principles, no way. If that return is a fake, lip-service act, mega-repugnant. If MA CITIZENS, some of whom Karl Vick mentioned in his above article, who BTW own both MA US Senate seats, are repugnant because of their opinions, no way in hell. If those citizens did anything different, then they would be repugnant.

Posted by: fbsolo1 | January 18, 2010 7:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Linda7. I am afraid the democrats will steal this election from the people. They are experts at it. The Chicago thugs are all in Washington and the Chicago thug in Chief visited Massachusetts yesterday. Then there is also the Massachusetts "machine". They are desperate and "desperate times call for desperate measures". Liberal media is calling out for "cheating" (to use their phrase) and the "stuffing" of ballot boxes. We really should have independent international monitors at all the polling places tomorrow or they will pull an "Al Franken" or worse.

Posted by: rdemczuk | January 18, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

ladoger-
I agree. Health care reform was much more popular before the best parts were conceded to appease shameless republicans and other money-licking industry lap dogs.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 18, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

___________________________________________

The above comment proves how much the liberal sheeple are truly brainwashed by their incompetent leadership.

So, according to this poster, Obamacare was stripped of the "good stuff" by Republicans?? hahahahahaha

No, my dear liberal sheeple, it was STRIPPED of anything good BY YOUR FELLOW DEMOCRATS along with a billions is bribes just to GET THEM TO VOTE FOR IT!

YOUR party turned this into a giant stimulus program for big health insurance and big pharma ALL BY THEMSELVES.

Now, please do yourselves a favor and GET A CLUE.

Posted by: RobParker | January 18, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Genefox1 is correct. The GOP is not the party it once was.

Posted by: ladodger | January 18, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

It is appalling to see how repugnant the Republicans really are.

Posted by: Genefox1 | January 18, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Someone nailed it! The Democrats following The One have moved so far left they have left American!

Posted by: american1 | January 18, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

The beginning of the end for Obama and his agenda "to fundamentally transform America".

Thank you Massachusetts!!!!!!!!

Posted by: thehamptons1 | January 18, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Phillyfanatic,

TARP was started under Bush. Republicans passed unfunded Medicare mandates. Both of these have added billions to the debt and are part of the current debt problem. The stumulus avoided a worse economic collapse. And Republicans have not even offered viable alternatives.

Also, look at the historical facts: Obama did reach out to the obstructionist GOP.

Unfortunately, you appear to be a victim of the right wing media elites and can only repeat distorted and inaccurate talking points.

Posted by: ladodger | January 18, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

When a liberal loon thinks Obama has 'reached out to Pubs,' one knows that guy is in an alternative universe. All of the legislation he had his Dem minions pass has raised the debt trillions. Porkulas, cars, bank bailouts, Stimulust2-3-4 whatever these thugs want. Deals, bribes for states, Senators, SEIU=ACORN and other union thugs. Yipe. Obama's arrogance has pushed NJ, Va., maybe Mass. into a Pub column. Dems are retiring fast and hopefully, many Indies, Libertarians, Reagan Dems will continue to support Center-Right Gopers in Nov. and tomorrow.

Posted by: phillyfanatic | January 18, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

ladoger-
I agree. Health care reform was much more popular before the best parts were conceded to appease shameless republicans and other money-licking industry lap dogs.

Posted by: rooster54 | January 18, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Some of these comments are delusional: Obama has reached out to the GOP, and has gotten nothing back. Typical right wing talking points - the 'Acorn workers' and 'Black Panthers', etc. Probably all Teabaggers with their phony populism.

Brown is a pretender - he is part of the GOP establishment, and his 'average guy' persona is an act. So pathetic that people fall for it.

Posted by: ladodger | January 18, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

So the state with the best college in America is thinking about electing a senator who rejects the theory of evolution? We really are on a race to the bottom!

Posted by: rooster54 | January 18, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Jeez..NO he wasnt nude....Cosmo does not do nude....he paid his way thru college 20 years ago as an underwear (male) model....stop all the olberman hype

Posted by: TerpfanMA | January 18, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

Isn't this guy the same egomaniac who posed nude for a Cosmo centrefold? And people want that kind of person as an elected example? How standards have fallen.

Posted by: 10emlet | January 18, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

If you want to read more about this great race check out Walton's Wall....

http://waltonswall.com/2010/01/18/a-coakley-comeback-or-a-brown-breakthrough/

Posted by: mdwalton | January 18, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Is he wearing a Bobby Orr #4 jersey? That would be worth another 5 points in the polls.

And while Brown is out shaking hands at the Garden, Coakley is probably huddling with ACORN, SEIU and AFSCME leaders and botox-boy Kerry trying to figure out what their cut will be.

Posted by: pgr88 | January 18, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

hopefully Scott Brown wins and we keep winning against this out of touch communist party. It's the "PEOPLE'S SEAT."

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Sheehan speaks for me. I've been around 20 years longer than he has and I have never seen the divide so bad. Hopefully Chicago won't send busloads of Acorn workers or dig up cemetaries for some extra votes. And watch out for the Black Panthers at the polling places as per Philadelphia last year.

Posted by: Linda7 | January 18, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

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