- Why, he’s positively Kennedy-esque!
Perhaps you’ve been spending the past few days panicking over the fact that Massachusetts—a state the GOP spent most of last decade refusing to acknowledge as even being part of America—is about to elect a smug, naked Republican to the Senate seat formerly held by the late Ted Kennedy.
Well, continue panicking (a separate Don’t Panic guide is also available):
-Nate Silver, Predictor of Elections, predicts: Might as well just tend to that festering would yourself, rather than wait for healthcare reform. “Swing voters” is actually code for “people who don’t follow politics closely enough to know what they think,” and it’s these voters who are most excited to vote according to a compelling populist narrative, which apparently charismatic former laughingstock Scott Brown certainly is.
-Ha! A guy named Joe Kennedy, no relation, is also on the ticket, as a Libertarian. This should not confuse disengaged liberal-leaning voters or old people in the least!
-The weather is not great there, today, which tends to dampen the motivation of voters who are less excited about their candidate. (Hint: “candidate” means “semi-frumpy gaffe machine from a state with a weak Democratic bench.”)
-Citizen journalism: terrible floundering newspaper the Boston Globe is encouraging readers to submit reports on their voting experience to their website. Because of said enthusiasm gap, it is mostly like reading the teabag-infused comments section of any nominally nonpartisan website covering the election over the past few weeks. Actually, upon reflection, this item may mostly just make you depressed, about the internet, and literacy of the American populace.
-As a New Englander, I’ve never really gotten the liberalism of Massachusetts: outside of a few collegiate pockets, it’s pretty much fratty and semiemployed loudmouths in Bruins caps who you wouldn’t want on your side anyway; the suburbs; and lots of people who only come down from the woods to file their income tax, which they really really hate doing because they’ve never actually seen an impoverished person.
-Along those lines, yeah, sure, start panicking about this November’s midterm elections, and why not, the 2012 presidential elections. This is what happens, you see, whenever America forgets itself (which is easy, see above re: “swing voters”) and elects a left-leaning president: populist rage and a hard turn to the right. On the plus side, nobody in the Obama administration has fatally shot himself in a park yet (more comforting thoughts like these coming later today!).