You know what’s galling? That every cliffhanger race for Congress – or the vast majority of them – is won by the Democrat. Or at least that’s how it’s seemed – since around the late 1990s when I started noticing. (A notable exception, of course, was the 2000 presidential election.) Things really came to a head in 2008 with the Alaska and Minnesota Senate races. At first it it looked like the Democrats weren’t going to have their filibuster-proof majority. But then Ted Stevens lost in Alaska – under dubious circumstances; lawyers ginned up an indictment against him just before the election, and only later was the indictment thrown out amid prosecutorial misconduct.
And then, months later, Al Franken was declared the winner, also under dubious circumstances. Franken’s win, along with Arlen Specter’s party switch, sealed the deal for the Democrats. They got their 60-seat filibuster proof majority. Franken must have been patting himself and his legal team on the back for working so hard to finagle that win.
But his smile must have melted into a frown the morning of January 20, when it was announced that Scott Brown won the special Senatorial election in Massachusetts. A totally clean victory. The only hanky panky came from the other side: right before the election, the left’s biggest talk radio personality and MSNBC commentator Ed Schultz encouraged Democrats to vote early and often, i.e. engage in massive voter fraud.
It was only by pure chance that the Dems lost their supermajority. It’s not every day that a seat is up for grabs.
To think that of all Democratic senatorial seats to become vacant at that time, it belonged to the father of healthcare deform. And totally contrary to what one would expect in such a heavily Democratic state, that vacant seat was won by a filibuster-breaking, healthcare deform-derailing Republican.
Yes, in light of the dubiously-attained Democratic supermajority, poetic justice was served.
Mind you, the Redistributionist Left is still winning and likely will continue to win for decades to come, but still, it’s sometimes nice to see an occasional wrench get thrown into the machinery of their all-powerful locomotive.