Does sound like you all are fracked. Oh. the joys of a one-party state. reminding me of a story that went around Austin back in 1960. Lyndon Johnson sent one of his flunkies to Boston to “co-ordinate” with the Kennedy people and came bad and said, so the story went, “They are more crooked than we are,” and shook his head in amazement. He got almost nothing that he went asking for. Lyndon was fit to be tied.
Oh, goodness, no. I don’t live there, I’m not that much of a masochist. I’ve just studied the state as a perfect example of what happens when liberals are allowed free reign to take over a state Republican party and drive out the center-right (hint: it dies). MA was once one of the premier GOP states in America. It was pretty much a solid GOP state clear up until the late ‘50s.
Speaking of TX, this Brown-Coakley contest is quite similar to the Tower-Blakley 1961 special for LBJ’s Senate seat. You might recall, just like in MA today, there was no real Republican party in TX at that time (just the one Congressman from Dallas, Bruce Alger, who turns 92 this year, with zero Republicans in the Senate and only 2 lonely members from Amarillo & Galveston County in the TX House). Tower’s win over Dollar Bill Blakley, the interim appointee, was a shocking upset. Of course, the difference was that Tower was probably slightly more liberal (or at least Libertarian) than the Tory Democrat Blakley (and Blakley was an Ike supporter, anyway). It was merely the breakthrough of the Republicans that was the huge surprise.