Share the chair: ‘Kennedy’s seat’ becomes the people’s seat

Martha Zoller Contributor
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“Are you willing, under those circumstances, to say I’m gonna be the person, I’m gonna sit in Teddy Kennedy’s seat, and I’m gonna be the person that’s gonna block it for another 15 years,” David Gergen asks Scott Brown.

“Well, with all due respect, it’s not the Kennedys’ seat, and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat,” Scott Brown, Republican Candidate for the U. S. Senate


In that final debate, that was the shot heard round the world.  That is the moment the people of Massachusetts and the rest of us around the country sat up and took notice. Massachusetts isn’t a shoo-in for the Democrats. I’m going to go out on a limb and predict State Sen. Scott Brown is going to win today.  That would be the kind of “hope and change” I would like.  It is not just because he’s against the Democrats idea of destroying the health care system in America.  He’s a conservative at the right time in Massachusetts.

The fear of health care reform is at the top of everyone’s mind today and the special election in Massachusetts is protecting us from a Democrat rubber stamp of this monstrosity.

On The Rush Limbaugh Show on Monday, a caller from Iraq asked something like this, “How did we get from insuring the people who were uninsured to this?” Rush suggested to the caller he already knew the answer to the question.  The caller agreed and said, “Because it’s not about health care, it’s about control.” Bingo! The Democrats in the Senate and the House want to control you.

It begs the question, if this health care proposal is so good, why do Pelosi and Reid have to cut deals exempting states and groups from it?  And if the projections are based on participation and many states are opting out, where does that leave us? It leaves us with a bloated bureaucracy no one understands and still leaves millions uninsured and it widens the gap between those who are paying into the system and those who are not.

The U.S. Senate is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.  They believe, especially the Democratic Senators who have been around awhile, they have to approve of anyone who comes into the club. It’s an acceptable form of segregation. Regular folks need not apply unless you are from the Midwest; these guys never go to the Midwest.  In their minds, Ivy League states should have Ivy League Senators. Scott Brown is just too normal.  He drives a truck, he is a nice looking guy, he has served his country and he is not from the “right part” of Massachusetts … he’s dangerous.

The idea that a Democrat would lose in Massachusetts was unthinkable a few weeks ago. But I have a theory.  The people were freed when Sen. Kennedy died. Most of the people in Massachusetts don’t have the attachment to the Kennedy’s they once had. Since the death of John Kennedy, Jr., the scandals of his cousins and the flailing around of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg in her weak attempt to run to replace Hillary Clinton, the mystique is gone. The Kennedy’s of old would never have succeeded in the YouTube generation where every person has a camera and no one has privacy. The people of Massachusetts may not become Republicans, but they are going to elect a Republican this time.

So if I am right, and Scott Brown is elected in Massachusetts today, then he better get to work because he’ll have a very short time to prove to the people of the Commonwealth that he means what he says. And if he leads in the Senate they way he’s campaigned this month, he may help light a fire leading to a larger Republican caucus in November.

Martha Zoller is a political analyst and conservative talk show host for WXKT FM 103.7 in Gainesville, Ga., and syndicated on The Georgia News Network. She is one of the Talkers Magazine “Heavy Hundred” Talk Shows in America. She can be seen regularly on cable news. She is the author of “Indivisible: Uniting Values for a Divided America.” E-mail her at martha@marthazoller.com.