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Massachusetts wakes up to change

By Karl Vick
The commonwealth of Massachusetts awoke Wednesday morning to a sobering new reality: Its voters had elected a Republican to the U.S. Senate seat held by Edward M. Kennedy for 47 years, and John F. Kennedy before that.

"I never thought I'd see the day it'd happen in Massachusetts," said Kristin Kelly, 22, at an Irish bar after midnight. Kelly grew up in a big Irish Catholic family in Brockton, and majored in health and human services at Suffolk University in downtown Boston, with a minor in political science. A bartender on Beacon Hill, she regularly talks politics with the lobbyists and lawmakers and politicos who define the public culture of a state that for generations

"But if you're willing to elect a Republican governor," said her friend Alice Fallon, who grew up in Chicago, "why does it surprise you?"

Kelly shrugged. "I have no answer for that," she said.

Future textbooks might be written about the election that reached a crescendo in the ballroom of the Boston Park Plaza Hotel, where state senator Scott Brown publicly accepted the concession of Democrat Martha Coakley, who lost by five points.

"What happened in this election can happen all over America," Brown said. "We are witnesses, you and I, to the truth that ideals, hard work, and strength of heart can overcome any political machine. We ran a campaign never to be forgotten."

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Comments

This may be an appropriate reaction to a Democratic party that got lost, overwhelmed by Radical Progressive tactics.
In developing countries it is confusing how the United States has elections without violence.
We have a Constitution.

Posted by: RayOne | January 20, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

It's being reported that the issue that hurt the Democrats the most was Obama's handling of foreign combatants. It isn't only Ted turning in his grave. John Adams is as well. He tried so hard to show us that enemy soldiers had rights, and the best way to treat them was under our laws. Education in our country is a real problem, but I thought it was better in Massachusetts. And is it really true that Brown doesn't believe in evolution?

Posted by: richardshaker | January 20, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

Kristin Kelly, 22, at an Irish bar after midnight. Kelly grew up in a big Irish Catholic family in Brockton, and majored in health and human services at Suffolk University in downtown Boston, with a minor in political science. A bartender on Beacon Hill....
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Glad that college degree/major paid off......typical Democrat.....

Posted by: WildBill1 | January 20, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Another, really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS.

Posted by: stephenwhelton | January 20, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

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