If You Had Asked Me

…ten years ago which I thought was more likely in the next decade:

Ted Kennedy’s seat being lost by the Democrats to a little-known Republican


The hapless Red Sox winning the World Series twice,

I wouldn’t believe either was possible, but still I would’ve gone with the latter.

I am stunned at what happened in my home state last night. Stunned.

“We can’t win them all,” said the President. But you’re supposed to win in Massachusetts!

There’s a lot I could say about this, but I leave it at this (with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek):

KNOW YOUR BASEBALL, boys and girls. ESPECIALLY if you’re running in Massachusetts.

One thought on “If You Had Asked Me

  1. The impact of this election is profound. Rarely in American history has one event changed everything in American political life. ("A historical moment in American political history." says a liberal talk show host in Boston this morning.)But the lessons of this election are more important for those seeking to implement change. Read the text of Brown's speech (available on Boston.com) for both what it says AND what it does not say. The lessons there need to be heeded. Among them:• Speak to an angry electorate without being angry.• "Independent thinkers" – not Democrats to be criticized or Republicans to be victorious.• Long standing American values still matter. Who we are as a people, and who we are not. Safety, fiscal prudence, fair play (openness) matter. But there is a ying to this yang. 14 months ago this same electorate voted for Obama by 26%. Today's WSJ points out that personally more Americans see him favorably today (saying that as a people we want him to succeed), but he has over-reached. So don't see this election as carrying a conservative or anti-liberal message. The American electorate in nimble and is willing to vote to implement change of any excesses it perceives.So this is not about Republicans and Democrats. It is not even about health care ("Lets start over").The lesson is this. Obama rode a wave of anti-Bush. Brown, like Obama, is a likable guy and he rode a wave of over-reaching in Washington. The American electorate is seeking the middle, and they have clearly said that our leaders have not found that balance.Those seeking to change things – take heed.Pop(living in Massachusetts – and for the first time in my life I am proud of my state.)


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