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Scott Brown's Remarks (A Victory Speech For The Ages Alert)
National Review ^ | 1/19/2010 | Scott Brown

Posted on 01/19/2010 7:53:40 PM PST by goldstategop

Thank you very much. I’ll bet they can hear all this cheering down in Washington, D.C.

And I hope they’re paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken.

From the Berkshires to Boston, from Springfield to Cape Cod, the voters of this Commonwealth defied the odds and the experts. And tonight, the independent majority has delivered a great victory.

I thank the people of Massachusetts for electing me as your next United States senator.

Every day I hold this office, I will give all that is in me to serve you well and make you proud.

Most of all, I will remember that while the honor is mine, this Senate seat belongs to no one person and no political party - and as I have said before, and you said loud and clear today, it is the people’s seat.

Interim Senator Paul Kirk has completed his work as a senator by appointment of the governor, and for the work he has done, I thank him. The people, by their votes, have now filled the office themselves, and I am ready to go to Washington without delay.

I also want to thank Martha Coakley for her call of congratulations. A hard contest is now behind us, and now we must come together as a Commonwealth.

This special election came about because we lost someone very dear to Massachusetts, and to America. Senator Ted Kennedy was a tireless and big-hearted public servant, and for most of my lifetime was a force like no other in this state. His name will always command the affection and respect by the people of Massachusetts, and the same goes for his wife Vicki. There’s no replacing a man like that, but tonight I honor his memory, and I pledge my very best to be a worthy successor.

I said at the very beginning, when I sat down at the dinner table with my family, that win or lose we would run a race which would make us all proud. I kept my word and we ran a clean, issues oriented, upbeat campaign - and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.

When I first started running, I asked for a lot of help, because I knew it was going to be me against the machine. I was wrong, it was all of us against the machine. And after tonight we have shown everyone that - now - you are the machine.

I'm glad my mom and dad, brothers, sisters, and so many family members are here tonight.

Once again, before I go any further, I want to introduce somebody very special... That is my wife, Gail.

And as you know, my wife Gail couldn't join me on the campaign trail because of her work as a Boston TV journalist. But I will let you in on a little secret. She didn't stay neutral today, and she voted for the winner. I rely as always, on Gail's love and support and that of our beautiful daughters.

Arianna will be returning a day or two late to her pre-med studies at Syracuse, because she’s been giving her all to this campaign. As always, Arianna and her sister Ayla have been a joy to Gail and me, and we're so grateful to them both. Even before her campaign performances, millions of Americans had already heard Ayla’s amazing voice on “American Idol.” As Boston College basketball fans know, she’s also pretty good on the court.

If the President thinks they’ve got basketball talent at the White House, I ask him to pick his best teammate and find some time to play two-on-two with Ayla and me.

I’m grateful to all those from across Massachusetts who came through for me even when I was a long shot. I especially thank a friend who was there with encouragement from the very beginning, and helped show us the way to victory - former Governor Mitt Romney.

I’ll never forget the help of another man who took the time to meet with me months ago - who told me I could win, and gave me confidence for the fight. It was all so characteristic of a truly great and heroic American, and tonight I thank my new colleague, Senator John McCain.

On a night like this, when so many people mark your name on a statewide ballot, you think back to the first people who gave you a chance and believed. For the trust they placed in me, and for all they have taught me, I thank my neighbors and friends in my Senate district and especially my hometown of Wrentham. The cause and victory that all America has seen tonight started right there with all of you.

Let me tell you when I first got the feeling something big was happening in this campaign. It was when I was driving along and spotted a handmade, Scott Brown yard sign that I hadn’t actually put there myself.

This little campaign of ours was destined for greater things than any of us knew, and the message went far beyond the name on the sign.

It all started with me, my truck, and a few dedicated volunteers. It ended with Air Force One making an emergency run to Logan. I didn't mind when President Obama came here and criticized me - that happens in campaigns. But when he criticized my truck, that's where I draw the line.

We had the machine scared and scrambling, and for them it is just the beginning of an election year filled with surprises. They will be challenged again and again across this country. When there’s trouble in Massachusetts, there’s trouble everywhere - and now they know it.

In every corner of our state, I met with people, looked them in the eye, shook their hand, and asked them for their vote. I didn’t worry about their party affiliation, and they didn’t worry about mine. It was simply shared conviction that brought us all together.

One thing is clear, voters do not want the trillion-dollar health care bill that is being forced on the American people.

This bill is not being debated openly and fairly. It will raise taxes, hurt Medicare, destroy jobs, and run our nation deeper into debt. It is not in the interest of our state or country - we can do better.

When in Washington, I will work in the Senate with Democrats and Republicans to reform health care in an open and honest way. No more closed-door meetings or back room deals by an out of touch party leadership. No more hiding costs, concealing taxes, collaborating with special interests, and leaving more trillions in debt for our children to pay.

In health care, we need to start fresh, work together, and do the job right. Once again, we can do better.

I will work in the Senate to put government back on the side of people who create jobs, and the millions of people who need jobs - and as President John F. Kennedy taught us, that starts with an across the board tax cut for individuals and businesses that will create jobs and stimulate the economy. It's that simple!

I will work in the Senate to defend our nation’s interests and to keep our military second to none. As a lieutenant colonel and 30-year member of the Army National Guard, I will keep faith with all who serve, and get our veterans all the benefits they deserve.

And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation - they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.

Raising taxes, taking over our health care, and giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country. What I've heard again and again on the campaign trail, is that our political leaders have grown aloof from the people, impatient with dissent, and comfortable in the back room making deals. And we can do better.

They thought you were on board with all of their ambitions. They thought they owned your vote. They thought they couldn’t lose. But tonight, you and you and you have set them straight.

Across this country, we are united by basic convictions that need only to be clearly stated to win a majority. If anyone still doubts that, in the election season just beginning, let them look to Massachusetts.

Fellow citizens, what happened in this election can happen all over America. We are witnesses, you and I, to the truth that ideals, hard work, and strength of heart can overcome any political machine. We ran a campaign never to be forgotten, and led a cause that deserved and received all that we could give it.

And now, because of your independence, and your trust, I will hold for a time the seat once filled by patriots from John Quincy Adams to John F. Kennedy and his brother Ted. As I proudly take up the duty you have given me, I promise to do my best for Massachusetts and America every time the roll is called.

I go to Washington as the representative of no faction or interest, answering only to my conscience and to the people. I’ve got a lot to learn in the Senate, but I know who I am and I know who I serve.

I’m Scott Brown,

I'm from Wrentham,

I drive a truck, and I am nobody’s senator but yours.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Philosophy; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
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What a victory speech! What a gracious, humble and good man the people of Massachusetts elected to the US Senate tonight. Your victory is the victory of the American people. God bless and godspeed, Scott! You go with our prayers tonight!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

1 posted on 01/19/2010 7:53:42 PM PST by goldstategop
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To: goldstategop

Never heard of this guy 3 weeks ago. He is impressing the hell out of me tonight with his victory speech. Palin/Brown 2012?


2 posted on 01/19/2010 7:55:02 PM PST by gop4lyf (Obama wants to raise taxes and kill babies. Palin wants to raise babies and kill taxes.)
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To: goldstategop

Dude is running for president. He called out Obama. Rage against the machine.


3 posted on 01/19/2010 7:55:19 PM PST by 38special (I mean come on.)
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To: goldstategop

“Gas up the truck! Gas up the truck!”


4 posted on 01/19/2010 7:55:20 PM PST by LibFreeOrDie (Obama promised a gold mine, but will give us the shaft.)
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To: goldstategop

He doesn’t sound so humble to me. He’s ripping Obama to shreds.


5 posted on 01/19/2010 7:55:51 PM PST by Krankor
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To: goldstategop
And let me say this, with respect to those who wish to harm us, I believe that our Constitution and laws exist to protect this nation - they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.

AWESOME!!!!!

6 posted on 01/19/2010 7:56:02 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: goldstategop

It is actually hysterical to watch Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman whine on and on about the speech. These two are going to need meds to get through the fact that, once again, voters have rejected “the one.”


7 posted on 01/19/2010 7:56:18 PM PST by onevoter
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To: goldstategop

“I believe our tax dollars should buy weapons to stop them and NOT pay for lawyers to defend them”


8 posted on 01/19/2010 7:56:20 PM PST by conservativehusker (Ben Nelson makes me ashamed to be a Nebraskan. (Kinda like Bill Calahan once did))
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To: goldstategop

“Our tax dollars are for weapons to destroy our enemies not to proved them with lawyers!”

AMEN!!!!


9 posted on 01/19/2010 7:56:38 PM PST by Kartographer (".. we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor.")
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To: goldstategop

Oh please, he lost me when he started stuttering he would be a “worthy” successor to Ted Kennedy.

I’m already suffering from buyers remorse. I keep repeating “At least he’s not Martha Coakley” in a failed attempt to feel better. As a true conservative, I again feel like the last lady left at the dance.

Sorry, just what I am thinking and what I am feeling. True patriots embrace dissention.


10 posted on 01/19/2010 7:56:41 PM PST by jjm1776 (Pro-life, Pro-Gun, Pro-America.)
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To: Krankor
No teleprompter!
11 posted on 01/19/2010 7:56:54 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: goldstategop
They thought you were on board with all of their ambitions. They thought they owned your vote. They thought they couldn’t lose. But tonight, you and you and you have set them straight.
12 posted on 01/19/2010 7:57:31 PM PST by GVnana ("Obama is incredibly naive and grossly egotistical." Sarkozy)
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To: goldstategop

I am watching the newest leader in the United States!

Excellent speech!

And notice - not one reliance on the teleprompter!!!


13 posted on 01/19/2010 7:57:59 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: goldstategop
If the President thinks they’ve got basketball talent at the White House, I ask him to pick his best teammate and find some time to play two-on-two with Ayla and me.

Obama will probably call Kobe Bryant and appoint him to a staff position at the White House.

14 posted on 01/19/2010 7:58:23 PM PST by TruthShallSetYouFree (Kenya tell me where Obama was born?)
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To: jjm1776

A worthy successor would repeal 99% of what Kennedy pushed.


15 posted on 01/19/2010 7:58:32 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: mockingbyrd

Best line of the night. That line is exactly what the majority of Americans believe, and the mealy mouth Obama and his criminal approach to terrorism will lose tons of seat in Congress this fall.


16 posted on 01/19/2010 7:58:33 PM PST by milwguy
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To: onevoter

MSNBC has been in shutdown since 2004.....they can’t log back in until updates are installed....Welcome to 2010!


17 posted on 01/19/2010 7:58:48 PM PST by Dallas59 (No To O -Time is going by really really really really slow.)
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To: goldstategop

Let’s run this guy for president!!

He seems to be a hell of a lot better than anything I’ve seen out of the GOP in years! He’s conservative, and not afraid to say so, and he can back up!!


18 posted on 01/19/2010 7:58:56 PM PST by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: gop4lyf

Please. He could be a great leader. But right now he has less experience than BO had when he ran. Let’s see how he performs before nominating him for anything else.


19 posted on 01/19/2010 7:59:03 PM PST by La Lydia
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To: goldstategop
This train is victory bound!

Lamh Foistenach Abu!
20 posted on 01/19/2010 7:59:21 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines, RVN 1969. St. Michael the Archangel defend us in battle!)
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To: gop4lyf

I remember Rush talking about Bush having the Klintoon’s at the White House after winning and honoring the former president and first lady (letter not capitalized for the respect and admiration I had for those two) and just gushing on about them.

Limbaugh noted at the time that both Klintoon’s looked loss at President Bush’s grace and honor that he bestowed.

It’s called class folks and the new Senator from Mass. looks like he has some ala Reagan.


21 posted on 01/19/2010 7:59:32 PM PST by Mean Daddy
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To: goldstategop

I’m for anybody who respects the Constitution, supports our military, is against socialized medicine and is for cutting taxes and reducing the deficit. This dude does all the above.


22 posted on 01/19/2010 7:59:42 PM PST by NoobRep
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To: jjm1776
I think its proper to pay respect to one's predecessor. It doesn't mean you agree with him. One doesn't speak of ill of the dead. Indeed, he damned the Kennedy legacy with faint praise.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

23 posted on 01/19/2010 7:59:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: ChiMark
No teleprompter!

Ummm. yes there was...

Money Line: In dealing with terrorists, our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them.
24 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:09 PM PST by tpmintx (Liberalism: Envy, backed by governmental authority. (I'm green; are you?))
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To: goldstategop

The guy is a class act!


25 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:11 PM PST by RedDogzRule (God bless America...because God knows we need it, especially now...!)
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To: goldstategop
I'm thinking his wife is going to kill him when they get home after he said his two daughters were available. Glad I didn't have a mouthful of food. I was laughing hysterically.
26 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:32 PM PST by animal172 (I'm so glad John Wayne isn't alive to see what has happened to our beloved country.)
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To: goldstategop

Senator Brown’s, now I can write that!!!, daughters are beautiful. Although I feel like a dirty old man since I am 41. :( This guy has a great future.


27 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:44 PM PST by C19fan
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To: 38special
We had the machine scared and scrambling, and for them it is just the beginning of an election year filled with surprises. They will be challenged again and again across this country. When there’s trouble in Massachusetts, there’s trouble everywhere - and now they know it.

Preach it!

28 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:47 PM PST by workerbee (Yes, I hate Obama because of his color: RED!)
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To: goldstategop

Wow, that great.

#45?


29 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:49 PM PST by RWR8189
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To: goldstategop

You have no idea how pumped up I am!!!!!!!! I’m drunk with both booze and elation!! Scott and Freepers - let’s take our country back!!!!!!!!!!


30 posted on 01/19/2010 8:00:57 PM PST by RedStateNotShirt
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To: ChiMark

He is using teleprompters.


31 posted on 01/19/2010 8:01:01 PM PST by ez ("Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is..." - Milton)
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To: jjm1776
Sorry, just what I am thinking and what I am feeling. True patriots embrace dissention.

Sure we do, but couldn't you have waited 24 hours?

Tonight we party.

32 posted on 01/19/2010 8:01:32 PM PST by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: goldstategop
I hope Franken and his Minnesota 'RATS were watching this tonight.

Hey Al! THIS is how a REAL AMERICAN does it!!!!!

33 posted on 01/19/2010 8:02:26 PM PST by FlingWingFlyer (Dude! Where's my Constitution?)
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To: jjm1776

He just understands his audience. This guy can give a freakin’ awesome speech, but his got to prove his conservatice credintials. He talks a good talk, but let’s see if he walks. But either way, smashing blow to the Obama Administration and I can drink to that.


34 posted on 01/19/2010 8:02:33 PM PST by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: jjm1776

Did you hear him talk about across the board tax cuts for businesses and individuals?????

Of course he praised the Kennedy’s too much - but I chalk that up to being in Massachusetts and part of that reality...

But everything else he said - about actual governing principles - sounded good to me....

He needs prayer and support to be able to bring his fresh insights, courage, and ideas to the Senate...and I think he is just the right person at just the right time to do just that!

Thank God for Scott Brown.


35 posted on 01/19/2010 8:02:48 PM PST by Freedom'sWorthIt (Ronald Reagan: If we ever forget that we're one nation under God,then we'll be a nation gone under.")
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To: La Lydia

Not true.


36 posted on 01/19/2010 8:03:12 PM PST by Arioch7
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To: La Lydia

Not true.


37 posted on 01/19/2010 8:03:18 PM PST by Arioch7
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To: goldstategop
Mostly boilerplate rhetoric with a populist delivery. Brown then thanks Rino Romney and then McCain. OMG!

Then Brown says: "I will work to be a worthy successor to the late Senator Kennedy."

What an incredible load of crappola!

38 posted on 01/19/2010 8:03:56 PM PST by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt

Correction - he read the whole thing off a teleprompter. He just did it with more grace and ease than The One.


39 posted on 01/19/2010 8:04:02 PM PST by TexasNative2000 (There's a reason the oath talks about defending the country from enemies both "foreign AND domestic")
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To: Arioch7

Brown sounded more like a presidential candidate tonite. He is really good.


40 posted on 01/19/2010 8:04:38 PM PST by gswilder
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To: jjm1776

True patriots embrace dissention?

I thought anarchists embrace dissention.


41 posted on 01/19/2010 8:05:07 PM PST by righttackle44
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To: goldstategop
It is not in the interest of our state or country - we can do better.

Could be a new rallying cry...
42 posted on 01/19/2010 8:06:19 PM PST by stylin19a
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To: jjm1776

He’s the very best conservative we’ll ever get from Mass.

The alternative is usually an Olympia Snowe, Mitt Romney or Rudy Guiliani.


43 posted on 01/19/2010 8:06:35 PM PST by MediaMole
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To: La Lydia
He has already established a huge movement away from
Zer0. No Obama coattails This was supposed to be the “bluest of the blue” state.
44 posted on 01/19/2010 8:06:42 PM PST by ChiMark
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
Just yesterday, we faced the prospect of the federal government taking over one-sixth of our economy, raising our taxes and oppressing us with heavy burdens. That danger has now been lifted. We can thank God that like with Tom Paine, another Massachusettan stepped forth to defend America as we know it. We fought the good fight and we won when all seemed lost. Its a wonderful time tonight to be an American. Its a moment to savor forever.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find only things evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." - Manuel II Palelogus

45 posted on 01/19/2010 8:06:45 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop

Don’t get ne wrong. I’m very happy he won. And I liked how is victory speech started...But man1 What was in that bottle he was drinking from? His speechwriter needs a good talking to, if he gave him that long a speech. Near the end, he was repeating himself, and just couldn’t seem to wrap it up.

It started well, but hardly a speech for the ages. I started gettin that Biden ‘Coyote Ugly’ speech feeling.


46 posted on 01/19/2010 8:07:01 PM PST by DGHoodini (Iran Azadi!)
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To: jjm1776

I know how you feel....But we have to look at this victory in context...its Freakin’ Mass....Its a big deal for us right now...

If he were running in a red state, I wouldnt support him, but flipping the “Kennedy” seat to the GOP column is a big deal, and a good harbinger of things to come for 2010


47 posted on 01/19/2010 8:07:09 PM PST by HailReagan78
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To: jjm1776

It is simply classy to refer to a man who served the people of Massachusetts in the United States Senate for over 30 years in respectful terms. Classy, gracious and professional.


48 posted on 01/19/2010 8:07:11 PM PST by karnage (worn arguments and old attitudes)
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To: goldstategop

He’s better than Coakley, and not terrible in general.

But he is pro-abortion, among other things. He’s no good as a country-wide conservative leader. Just as Romney is no good as a country-wide conservative leader.


49 posted on 01/19/2010 8:07:11 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: goldstategop

I thought when he referred to it being the senate seat of “John Adams, John F Kennedy and HIS BROTHER TED” was a real backhanded complement to Teddy.


50 posted on 01/19/2010 8:07:28 PM PST by Chet 99
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