Shot heard 'round ... Washington and Beacon Hill
Victory! ... Absolutely solid victory for Brown. The most stunning political state upset in my lifetime. ... Definitive proof: House signs count. ... The worst electoral call in my life (see below) -- and I couldn't be happier. ... Don't listen to the spin on the far left and right trying to define the
issue. Just respond: It's about everything! ... Don't blame Martha or the pollsters. It was a near Perfect Political Storm.* ... Though it was a near Perfect Politicial Storm, can we please, please, please have more competitive legislative races going forward? PLEASE!
9:58 p.m. - Martha on the stage. Concedes. She's being classy. She won't be treated with class by Dems out to deny what happened tonight.
10:27 -- I could have done without Mitt.
10:31 -- SB on the stage. He thanks the independent voice of Massachusetts
. ... He's holding up a Herald headlined: "He did it!" ... Park Plaza chants of "Seat him now!" ... Thanks to Martha Coakley. Short applause. Move on. ... Tribute to Ted Kennedy. Light applause. ... He says the first call was to Vicki Kennedy. Applause louder. ... "There's no replacing a man like that." Louder applause. ... Gale is introduced! HOLD THE PRESSES: She voted for the winner! ... I'm tired. I'm out of here. ...
Wait! OMG! He offers his daughters up for marriage bidding! ... Guffaws/cringing from GOP crowd. ... "I can see I'm going to get in trouble." Yeah, you can say that. Poor taste, you might say. ... Is there a Little Bo Peep cane that can haul him off the stage? ... The guy's a jock to his core. ... He's talking of Obama and trucks. Uhm. Stage managers. Hello? ... He FINALLY mentions the health care bill. Ah, shouldn't it have been said sooner? ... "We have more of a show coming." Ah, stage managers. Hello? ... Best comment from someone in the HB room as I try to savor this win: "He's not very good at improvising." The heart sinks. ... OK, I'm definitely leaving now. ... "I'm a little off script." Really? ... It's 10:54. PLEASE. ... This is the best evidence that a short race helped Brown. ... The concession speech is over, TG.
* - 1.20.10 - The word 'entirely' obviously should have been inserted into the blame-Martha sentence above. Of course she deserves blame. Just not all the blame, as some are going to argue.