The Next Senator From Massachusetts

Will probably be MA Attorney General Martha Coakley, the winner of last night’s 4-way Democratic primary.

Coakley won 47% of the vote, beating out Rep. Michael Capuano (28%), philanthropist Alan Khazei (13%) and Boston Celtics co-owner Stephen Pagliuca (12%).

Even though Coakley will have to beat GOP state Sen. Scott Brown next month, Massachusetts’ strong Democratic bent probably means this won’t be a very competitive election.

Coakley and Brown are vying to succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in order to serve out the remainder of his term. If she wins, Coakley would become the first female Senator in Massachusetts history.

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Scozzafava Nation

Last week, we learned that some RNC members will push for the passage of a purity resolution at GOP’s winter meeting in January.

The resolution lays out ten ideological points that all Republican candidates must adhere to. If any candidate differs on more than 2 of those points, they will get no support whatsoever from the RNC. Here are the points:

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Winner To Loser: Embrace Your Base

Successful Gubernatorial candidate Tim Kaine gives some retrospective advice to failed Gubernatorial candidate Creigh Deeds:

Kaine said the key to victory for Democrats in a highly competitive Virginia is recognizing that party members need not be “apologetic” about their affiliation to find success. He noted that about 200,000 more people voted in the Democratic primary for president on a frigid February day in 2008 than cast ballots for Deeds this year, and said McDonnell successfully spooked Deeds by suggesting that Virginians had grown anxious about the Democratic agenda.

“I think the issue of being nervous about the Virginia electorate was overdone and I think Creigh did exactly what the McDonnell campaign hoped he would do, which was distance himself from the president and national issues,” Kaine said.

[Emphasis mine]

The absolute worst thing Democrats can do in 2010 is to abandon their core values.

Democrats lost in 2002 and 2004 because they ran away from their beliefs and tried to act like Republicans. Democrats won in 2006 and 2008 because they embraced  and ran on progressive ideals.

I live in VA and I can tell you that Deeds ran an abysmal campaign–it was something you would expect a Democrat circa 2002 to have run. He ran away from his party, away from progressivism and away from his President; Deeds ran a soft, weak campaign steeped in ideological capitulation.

Embracing your base vs. running away from them makes the difference between winning and losing.

Democrats can’t allow themselves to be cowed by the right. Why do you think conservatives are always concern trolling about Democrats being too liberal? It’s because they want to scare Democrats away from progressivism, because weak Democrats create Republican majorities.

Want proof? Just ask Governor-elect Bob McDonnell. I bet he could tell you all about it.

FL-SEN: The GOP Civil War Rages On

Undaunted by their epic failure in NY-23, conservatives are looking to scozzafava Florida’s 2010 Senate election.

Incumbent Republican Senator Mel Martinez is retiring that year, leaving his seat open. The Democratic candidate will be (in all likelihood) Congressman Kendrick Meek; the GOP primary will be between Governor Charlie Crist and FL House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Even though Gov. Crist is a pretty strong favorite to win both the GOP primary and the general election, the right has decided that  they will do everything they can to keep him from winning the Republican nomination.

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NY-23’s Aftermath: One More Vote For Health Care Reform (UPDATED)

Newly-elected Rep. Bill Owens says he will vote for the Democratic health care reform bill:

Rep. Bill Owens (D-NY) can be counted on as a “yes” in this weekend’s expected vote on the House Democrats’ health care bill, announcing his support in a press release.

This legislation will reform the insurance industry and provide increased access to affordable healthcare without taxing healthcare benefits, cutting Medicare benefits or raising taxes on the middle class, and that is exactly the direction we need to go,” said Owens. “There are still changes I would like to make, including raising the payroll exemption for small businesses, but like I said last week, there is a fundamental need for reform and we must act with a sense of urgency.”

[Emphasis mine]

Let’s give credit where credit’s due–this vote for health care reform really belongs to Sarah Palin and the teabaggers.

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Attention Moderate Republicans: You Have Been Put On Notice

There goes the big tent (again)

By the Chairman of the Republican Party himself:

“[C]andidates who live in moderate to slightly liberal districts have got to walk a little bit carefully here, because you do not want to put yourself in a position where you’re crossing that line on conservative principles, fiscal principles, because we’ll come after you,” Steele told ABC’s Top Line in response to a question about Republicans who support the White House’s stimulus and health care plans.

You’re gonna find yourself in a very tough hole if you’re arguing for the president’s stimulus plan or Nancy Pelosi’s health plan. There’s no justification for growing the size of government the way this administration and this Congress wants to do it.”

Let’s review:

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