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Stephen Colbert wishes himself a good weekend.

By Ezra Klein  |  January 8, 2010; 6:35 PM ET
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I'm wondering why you haven't commented on the special election in Massachusetts. The latest PPP polling suggests that an upset is possible, with Republican enthusiasm sky-high and Democrats dispirited. Brown's numbers are even better than McConnell's just prior to his election in Virginia. And Brown has campaigned explicitly on his singular ability to defeat the legislation. (Added Republican bonus: a GOP win here would kill Kennedy's life-ling dream by stealing his very own seat.)

I'm not sure that reform has been in a more perilous position, and yet you've been dancing in the end zone with Colbert -- why?

Posted by: scarlota | January 9, 2010 8:31 AM | Report abuse

Was "Stephen Colbert wishes himself a good weekend." supposed to be a hyperlink as well, or just a random thought?

Posted by: t_seltzer | January 9, 2010 9:35 AM | Report abuse

Easy now scarlota. Rome wasn't destroyed in a day.

Ezra, #4 is so intensely depressing. I almost wish you had not posted it. Almost. It sure is a good thing the Republicans have nothing but clowns and has-beens for presidential candidates in 2012, Americans dumb enough to vote Bush/Cheney not once but twice are letting the party that presided over the looting of the American economy (see #4) put the populist, "were for the little guy" mask back on.

Posted by: shrink2 | January 9, 2010 10:48 AM | Report abuse

Sorry to hyperventilate, shrink 2, but check out Nate Silver's latest post. A few red lights are blinking, even if Ezra and Paul Krugman and others have already declared victory and moved on to financial reform.

If Brown pulls off an upset, the consequences would be profound -- healthcare reform would become Obama's "Waterloo," as the GOP promised last summer. Make no mistake: each and every Republican, from Olympia Snowe rightward, is committed to this objective.

Posted by: scarlota | January 9, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

Whoops, I meant Tom Schaller at fivethirtyeight.

Posted by: scarlota | January 9, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

The short answer is that I've not been paying attention to the Mass special election. The long answer is that Coakley remains up by about 10 points, and even if she lost, the House could just approve the Senate bill (which means no further Senate vote) or fast-track their negotiations before the new senator is seated.

Posted by: Ezra Klein | January 9, 2010 6:59 PM | Report abuse

Uh, Ezra, tonight's PPP polling shows Coakley down by 1. They're labeling the race a "toss up."

Posted by: scarlota | January 9, 2010 10:05 PM | Report abuse

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