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Swear him in!

Republican Scott Brown's stunning win in Massachusetts will undoubtedly shake Democratic leaders in Washington to the core.

It should. If they choose to be in denial and hold off until the 29th of January to swear him in (which technically could happen) and try to ram through ObamaCare, ignoring the will of the people, next November's elections will be 100 times more interesting than pundits have been predicting. Bloodbath might better describe it.

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Political seesaw

Scott Brown’s insurgent campaign has shocked political insiders, the media elite and the Obama White House. But in a bigger context, it really shouldn’t have shocked anybody. This is just a further example of the political seesaw coming back in alignment.

Remember that tune from ’60s, “Spinning Wheels”? “What goes up must come down, spinning wheels go round and round.”

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Massachusetts and America

Repetition of the 1930s in the year 2009 is an experiment doomed to failure. Likewise repeating the ’60s. But here in the Boston region where Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Jack Kennedy and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first took root, the ’60s have never really ended. It is very much like Faulkner’s South, where the past was never really dead, it wasn’t even past.

One way or another, the past ends today in Massachusetts.

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MSNBC's Ed Schultz has a problem with democracy

MSNBC's Ed Schultz apparently doesn't believe in this whole "democracy" thing we've got going on here in the United States of America. You know — where citizens get to vote for their elected officials and the one with the most votes wins? (Please don't bore me with the "Gore won in 2000" whining. He didn't. In fact, it was his choice to go for a manual recount only in four cherry-picked Florida counties where he thought he might do best, rather than a statewide recount, because he knew Bush beat him in Florida.)

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The Massachusetts media rescue plan

You gotta hand it to those executives of TV stations in and around Massachusetts. Somehow they’ve managed to rake in extra millions of dollars in political ads.

Panicky Democrats and their supporters are suddenly pumping in the big bucks to rescue a Senate race that was considered such a forgone victory for their party less than a month ago.

Republicans are doing the same thing, as they smell blood in the Bay State waters and a chance to hugely embarrass the Dems where it is deep blue, a wrenching mortification considering they would be taking away the seat that was Edward Kennedy's for 47 years until his death last August.

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Will Obama help Coakley?

Is this a repeat of Copenhagen?

Remember when the president traveled to the Danish capital in order to win the Olympics for his home town of Chicago, only to be humiliated when the IOC gave the Windy City the heave-ho in the first round?

The president today traveled to Boston in order to save Martha Coakley’s faltering campaign to fill the seat of Sen. Ted Kennedy.

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Win one for the Ted. To Massachusetts: Vote.

To Massachusetts voters who may be liberal Democrats, moderate or liberal independents, and first-time voters from 2006 or 2008, the message for this Martin Luther King weekend is: Vote, vote, vote.

No one among Washington insiders has argued more aggressively and consistently than I have that the president and Democratic Congress have failed to fight hard enough for the change we believe in, the values we stand for and the mandate we thought we had won in 2006 and 2008. And no one has warned others in Washington, who have eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear, that this failure to fight will lead to substantial voter depression from too many of our previous supporters in 2010.

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Win one for the Ted. To Massachusetts: Vote.

To Massachusetts voters who may be liberal Democrats, moderate or liberal independents, and first time voters from 2006 or 2008 message for this Martin Luther King weekend is: vote, vote, vote.

No-one among Washington insiders has argued more aggressively and consistently than I have that the President and Democratic Congress have failed to fight hard enough for the change we believe in, the values we stand for, and the mandate we thought we had won in 2006 and 2008. And no-one has warned others in Washington, who have ears that don't see and ears that don't hear, that this failure to fight will lead to substantial voter depression from too many of our previous supporters in 2010.

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Harold Ford: Better than Leno and Conan

If there are any betting men and women here, I am taking bets that New York will not elect a senator who is a Merrill Lynch millionaire from Tennessee who likes a good pedicure and has had more changed positions than Madonna in “Truth or Dare.” Anyone who wants to bet Ford will be elected, please get in touch with me, ASAP.

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A bellwether cold-weather commonwealth

I rise to second the comments from my dear friend Peter Fenn, who points out that in the case of an explosive victory by Scott Brown in the Massachusetts Senate race, any attempt by the state's Democrats to slow-walk his swearing-in to try to squeeze one last healthcare vote in would be tantamount to theft. Such a move would come back to haunt the party in other House and Senate races this fall and possibly cost it the majority in either or both chambers.

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