Three Things I Learned On Election Day 2012
So, it’s all over and after about ten million political commercials, 2,500 robocalls, and 500 pieces of political mail, we have a whole new government.
Funny thing is, the new government looks a lot like the old government, only more gridlocked.
But, I did learn a few things yesterday:
* The voters of Massachusetts will send anyone to Washington as long as they run as a Democrat.
I cite the Tierney – Tisei race in the 6th District as evidence. Congressman Tierney’s two brothers-in-law ran an illegal gambling business — one is a fugitive, the other is in prison and will tell anyone who will listen that Tierney knew about it all along. Tierney’s wife laundered money through their personal accounts and was convicted of filing false tax returns and served time under house arrest and in federal prison.
All-the-while, the Congressman claimed no knowledge of all this criminal activity going on around him. He really only had two options: Admit he was aware of it and ask the voters for forgiveness, or play dumb. He did what came most naturally — he played dumb.
And the voters bought it. They re-elected him to his 9th term in Congress.
And here’s the kicker: Here’s a list of all the important legislation Congressman Tierney has sponsored and seen signed into law during his 16 years in office:
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Absolutely none. Not one single bill*.
I swear, if Joseph Stalin ran as a Democrat he could be elected to Congress here in Massachusetts
* People say they vote for the man, but they really don’t.
If there was ever a time for the voters of this state to vote for the man and not the party, it was yesterday.
Scott Brown did exactly what he promised to do in Washington. He worked both sides of the aisle; he voted his conscience and not the party line.
He has been one of the few willing to compromise to break the gridlock in Washington and his seat will be taken by the most partisan candidate we’ve seen in a long, long time.
All she did was shout about “millionaires and billionaires” and point to a couple of “no” votes on badly written bills and the voters lapped it up.
Brown voted with the Republican leadership 80% of the time, according to The Washington Post, while John Kerry, for example, followed his party’s lead 96% of the time. I suspect Elizabeth Warren’s numbers will meet or exceed that number.
* Anyone with the last name “Kennedy” automatically gets elected.
Joe Kennedy III may turn out to be the greatest congressman in history, but that’s not what got him elected by 60% of voters. It was his name and his face.
It’s like people get mesmerized by seeing the name on the ballot and just vote for it.
From the time he announced for Congress, he lead by 30+ points in the polls and that’s what his margin of victory was yesterday. People decided based on his name — his family history.
Come on folks, JFK has been gone for 49 years. Camelot is over and it’s not coming back.
* One Party System.
Once again, every single member of the Commonwealth’s Congressional delegation is a Democrat. There’s no two-party system in this state. There are no checks and balances.
People look at the corruption in this state and wonder why. Why have the last three Speakers of the Massachusetts House been convicted of felonies? How did the Probation Department become such a cesspool of political patronage?
Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely and the voters of Massachusetts have, once again, given the Democratic party all that power once again.
I’m sure only good things will come of it.
* To be fair, he did have one $125 million appropriation bill for alternative energy job training get incorporated into the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. You know that law — it’s the one that outlawed the incandescent lightbulb.
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