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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

What is reality?

One of my favorite comedy bits involves Firesign Theatre's More Science High School graduation where some stoner yells out "what is reality" during Principal Poop's speech to students.

Somehow I think that has become a fitting image for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate race. Principal Poop, er, Scott Brown has changed the perception of reality during his extended time on the stage and, like it or not, that will be the subtext as we head to next Tuesday's election.

Brown obviously is the hot candidate with the sleek pin-up magazine looks and the glib rhetoric. Martha Coakley is the cool, emotions-in-check prosecutor summing up for the jury why she deserve to win her case.

Brown trots out his American Idol daughter to try and defend dad by claiming an amendment to legislation about emergency contraception he filed didn't really mean what it meant and besides, it failed and he voted for the bill anyway.

Coakley, well she continues to calmly makes her case in ways that have worked for her in the past.

The Wing Nuts, sensing a chance to derail the Obama administration, are sticking their noses in a race they gave up for lost weeks ago. Now we get to be treated to the rants of Rush and Michelle Malkin, who give not a fig about the Blue State but seek to set us up for a fall.

Polls are all over the map -- the latest GOP-influenced Rasmussen Poll given Coakley a 2-point lead, down from nine last week. The Globe Poll's 15 point margin increasing seems like the outlier.

Perhaps Martha Coakley believes staying true to her script and herself is the one path to victory and an impressive Get Out the Vote effort will prove this anxiety for naught. I hope so.

As for me, I am truly questioning what is reality and glad I will still have health care next Tuesday night -- just in case.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let’s stick to the issues. From Scott Browns Website:

Health Care - I believe that all Americans deserve health care coverage, but I am opposed to the health care legislation that is under consideration in Congress and will vote against it. It will raise taxes, increase government spending and lower the quality of care, especially for elders on Medicare. I support strengthening the existing private market system with policies that will drive down costs and make it easier for people to purchase affordable insurance. In Massachusetts, I support the 2006 healthcare law that was successful in expanding coverage, but I also recognize that the state must now turn its attention to controlling costs.

Economy - I am a free enterprise advocate who believes that lower taxes can encourage economic growth. Raising taxes stifles growth, weakens the economy and puts more people out of work. Our economy works best when individuals have more of their income to spend, and businesses have money to invest and add jobs. I have been a fiscal watchdog in the state legislature fighting bigger government, higher taxes and wasteful spending.

Energy and Environment - I support common-sense environment policy that will help to reduce pollution and preserve our precious open spaces. I realize that without action now, future generations will be left to clean up the mess we leave. In order to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, I support reasonable and appropriate development of alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal and improved hydroelectric facilities. I oppose a national cap and trade program because of the higher costs that families and businesses would incur.

Immigration - I recognize that our strength as a nation is built on the immigrant experience in America. I welcome legal immigration to this country. However, we are also a nation of laws and government should not adopt policies that encourage illegal immigration. Providing driver’s licenses and in-state tuition to illegal immigrant families will act as a magnet in drawing more people here in violation of the law and it will impose new costs on taxpayers. I oppose amnesty, and I believe we ought to strengthen our border enforcement and institute an employment verification system with penalties for companies that hire illegal immigrants.

Abortion - While this decision should ultimately be made by the woman in consultation with her doctor, I believe we need to reduce the number of abortions in America. I believe government has the responsibility to regulate in this area and I support parental consent and notification requirements and I oppose partial birth abortion. I also believe there are people of good will on both sides of the issue and we ought to work together to support and promote adoption as an alternative to abortion.

Iran - I support the bi-partisan Iran sanctions bill and believe that until Ahmadinejad gives up his nuclear ambitions he should be isolated from the rest of the world. With its reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons, Iran represents the biggest threat to Israel. Ahmadinejad is a Holocaust denier who has threatened to wipe Israel off the map. Meeting with him confers legitimacy when the only correct response is to treat him as an outcast. A personal meeting with Ahmadinejad, as suggested by my opponent, would embolden him and be used as a propaganda tool to strengthen his position.

go to: http://www.brownforussenate.com/ for details on more issues.

January 18, 2010 3:21 PM  

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