January 20, 2010, - 12:11 am

Told Ya: Congrats, Scott Brown! Incredible Defeat for Prez; Post-Obama Revolution Begins

By Debbie Schlussel

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And let me say this with respect to the people who wish to harm us, I believe–and I know all of you believe–that our Constitution and laws exist to protect THIS nation. Let me make it very, very, very clear, they do not grant rights and privileges to enemies in wartime. And the message we need to send in dealing with terrorists: our tax dollars–our tax dollars–should pay for weapons to stop them and not lawyers to defend them. . . Giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country.

–Scott Brown in his victory speech, tonight (I transcribed it, word-for-word).

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Congratulations, Senator-Elect Scott Brown.  Told ya on Saturday Night, he’d pull it out, and he did.  Now, how long ’til we drop the “-Elect” part, and he’s seated?  We’ll see what shenanigans the Obamacare Dems try to pull, but regardless, it’s an incredible defeat for Barack Obama, whose White House flacks are now spinning it as “not a referendum on President Obama,” which is exactly what it, in fact, was.

Either way, the man who was once Cosmopolitan magazine’s “America’s Sexiest Man” is about to be seated as “America’s Sexiest Senator.”  And even sexier than his movie star looks will be his vote against Obamacare.  He might not be the most conservative dude on the planet, but it’s such an incredible victory and poetic justice replacement for Club Ted a/k/a Ted Kennedy.  (Plus, he’s a Lt. Col. and 30 year veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard–always a good thing to have a Senator with military experience, rather than drunk driving and sex in restaurants experience.)

When Barack Obama was elected, I posted a number of e-mails and comments I received from fellow proud Jewish conservatives like me who voted for John McCain.  Most were demoralized and gave up hope, but as I noted then, politics is in cycles and I told readers “we would come back,” just as Ronald Reagan followed Jimmy Carter.  One of those readers was my fellow co-religionist and co-ideologue, Scott–also an Orthodox Jew.  Scott’s hope was restored tonight with Scott Brown’s election.

Good evening Ms. Schlussel –

I have not written to you in a long time, but still follow your blog closely. You posted a letter I wrote to you right after the election of Obama.  I was despondent. I believe I said something like for the first time I feel that I don’t know my country anymore.

Tonight, with the win of Scott Brown, my faith in America has been somewhat restored, and I feel an optimism that I have not felt in over a year. We can do this.  We can get our country back on track.  All is not lost. Just wanted to share my thoughts with you.

Keep fighting the fight for good.
Your fan,
Scott

Amen, Scott.

Scott expresses what I think many Americans felt at the beginning of the Reagan Revolution (before Ronald Reagan was elected, but when we knew Jimmy Carter could be beaten when we saw a preview in America beating the Soviet Olympic Hockey team in the Semifinals at Lake Placid in the winter of 1980).  I think that, with the election of Scott Brown tonight, we’re at the beginning of a “Post-Obama Revolution.”  Yes, we have three long years to go, but there are elections in November.  Now, if only we could find a modern day Ronald Reagan to pick up the baton for 2012.

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But Brown’s a RINO? He’s pro-chocie and supports Romneycare, I thought you right wingnuts wanted to get rid of RINOs?

I think Roger Ebert summed it up best:
http://twitter.com/ebertchicago/status/7970312048
Massachusetts to Teddy: “F–k you.”

Norman Blitzer on January 20, 2010 at 1:04 am

It has been one of the happiest moments of my life. It is the start of the count down of achieving my dreams, the American dream, changing the corrupted and the legal system when it comes to fighting terror.

We have some way to go but we will prevail. Debbie has been sending the right awaking message to save our country from the enemy within and out.

America will stay united as long as they act as Israel when it comes to terror and Islam. NO POLITICS. JUST FIRM ACTION.

Daniel. on January 20, 2010 at 1:11 am

As I always said, a terrorist has no rights. Thank you GOD for leading my way in every aspect. I am very grateful.

Thank you Debbie.

Daniel. on January 20, 2010 at 1:18 am

This is a very good first step towards returning some sanity to Washington and curbing the Obama/Dem Nannystate nightmare.
I congratulate Mr. Brown;this is a wonderful victory.
Here’s what would make it even sweeter: Term limits for Congress.
Clear out the obstructionist placeholders who use our money to keep Washington gridlocked decade after decade. All politicians since Proxmire have transmogrified into fatcats guarding their tiny little kingdoms. Clearing them out every six to twelve years would give them less time to be corrupted and fill their pockets.

Douglas Q on January 20, 2010 at 1:25 am

Wonderful speech. And a slap at Obama with his view the Constitution was made for Americans, not our enemies. Obama and Holder believe exactly the opposite.

pat on January 20, 2010 at 1:50 am

A conservative can win anywhere in the country. We need to stop thinking as a minority and learn to be unapologetic and honest in our views. Tonight we stopped the descent of America into European senescence and facing the crippling burden of a huge social welfare state that on the one hand would sap our freedoms at home and on the other hand make it next to impossible to defend America in a dangerous world. The election of Scott Brown tonight helped to set back that leftist agenda. Our job is far from done however and we have a lot of work to do to take back our country. That job began in earnest tonight.

NormanF on January 20, 2010 at 1:56 am

I do understand that Sen. Brown also supports waterboarding.

Yes, it is a victory for the people, and the extreme liberals and socialists have to take a step back, but there are still two concerns:

1) the Republican Party’s lack of programmatic comprehensiveness — silence on virtually every issue except opposition to health care and climate change, i.e. silence on everything except opposition to overtly socialist and looney-tunes political programs. It really did seem ridiculous when the media talked about Obama’s main programs, health care and addressing climate change. People are truly learning that the emperor has no clothes.

2) There are no apparent leaders to this broad movement. While that is good to the extent that bureaucracy cannot hold the movement back, it can be an impediment to moving forward in the long run politically and organizationally.

As you said politics can move in cycles, and it can potentially move back again if the Republicans are not very careful and responsive to the electorate.

Little Al on January 20, 2010 at 1:57 am

NB, by Massachusetts standards, Brown is a conservative. We have to be realistic with what can get and then fight for the rest later. A good deal was already accomplished tonight. But as I noted, the hard work is just beginning in America.

NormanF on January 20, 2010 at 1:59 am

Also, Coakley was a particularly unattractive candidate, a manifest and unpersonable elitist. That surely cost the Dems a few points.

It is certainly likely that the political thrust of her campaign, certainly in the last week was implemented in close collaboration with Washington. It represented a difference from the way Dems have won most of their elections in recent years, i.e. by pretending to be ‘moderate’. They ran an openly left-wing campaign here, and thought they could get away with it in Massachusetts. They will certainly learn from this; unfortunately the Democratic leadership has shown itself to be smarter overall than the Republican organizational leadership.

Little Al on January 20, 2010 at 2:15 am

    It’s “Marcia” Coakley, not “Martha” (per Patrick Kennedy). Read Lanny Davis’ comments on the Demos in the WSJ today. However, I do enjoy watching them implode.

    Julian on January 20, 2010 at 1:02 pm

This is great news! I was so happy when I saw the results of the election. This just proves that people are getting tired of the arrogance and attitude of the Obama administration. Senator-Elect Brown is somebody that I can respect…especially with his military service. After hearing his speech last night I respect him even more. Ooh you should have seen Rachel and Keith flipping out on MSNBC…it was hilarious!

Angela04 on January 20, 2010 at 6:41 am

I’ve been a registered Independent most of my adult life. But I found myself repeatedly checking the latest vote counts because I knew how important this one was. Economist John K Galbraith (a Democrat) used to write about the need for “countervailing forces” – checks and balances if you will – to keep our society working. With liberals controlling the House, Senate and White House, there were NO checks on the Democratic quest for more state control over our lives. This election, by providing the needed 41st vote, is the first step in reestablishing those checks and balances.

After “upset” wins in New Jersey, Virginia, and now Massachusetts, the Democrats are on notice. They should know they are ALL vulnerable, and even The One can’t fly in and save them. We’re taking our country back.

Raymond in DC on January 20, 2010 at 8:03 am

I hate to be the pessimist, but I don’t see how last night’s results can mean anything positive for the future. The deficit caused by all the spending as well as other steps taken by the current administration have made things so screwed up even a “Reagan” is not going to be able to save us.

I_AM_ME on January 20, 2010 at 8:13 am

Listen, you can hear the lib talking heads’ heads spin! I just love it! Thank you Scott Brown and the people of the state of Massachusetts! Maybe we can save our country after all. The elitist MSM just can’t grasp how a common man, handsome, Republican, in the military, and drives a truck (*chuckle* that drives them batty) could have possibly won “Ted Kennedy’s” seat! Well, Sally Quinn thinks the women voted for him because of his Cosmo photo shoot – I’ll tell you one thing, it sure doesn’t hurt – but no, it probably has more to do with his no-nonsense way of dealing with terrorists, his belief in our Constitution and our laws, his stand against nationalized health care, cap & trade, and everything else the Democrats have been shoving down our throats. You people in Massachusetts are LUCKY! The rest of America will NOT put up with this kind of crap from our representatives – look out all you incumbents come November. And Michael Steele and the RNC better not let us down by allowing ACORN or SEIU to tamper with the votes, or helping dead people vote or ANYTHING else because I guarantee you, we won’t stand for that. The liars and cheats have got to go (and if that includes you, Michael Steele, so be it. You better be looking over your shoulder, mister). THROW THE BUMS OUT!

LRL on January 20, 2010 at 8:15 am

I_AM_ME, there is only one solution to the financial crisis and it can be summed up in three words…

END THE FED!

HR1207 by Ron Paul is THE ONLY SOLUTION TO THIS ILLEGAL CRIMINAL UNCONSTITUTIONAL ENTERPRISE HEADED BY THE MOST ARROGANT OF PEOPLE! The dollar has lost 95% of its value and gold keeps going up and up and up! This financial crisis…ALL STAGED TO BRING US TO A ONE WORLD GOVERNMENT AND CURRENCY!

Bob Porrazzo on January 20, 2010 at 8:18 am

Congrats to the voters in Massachusetts, formerly known as
the People’s Republic, who participated in the New Boston
Tea Party. Scott Brown is a Rino? I don’t think so, if he
is he’s my kind of Rino. He gets it in regard to the nutty
idea of trying KLM in New York, in giving citizen’s rights to
captured terrorists, and in the need to reset the process to
legislate a real reform of our health care.

Daniel K on January 20, 2010 at 8:58 am

I believe that historians of the future will record that last night was the moment when the republic was saved.

Too bad, Soros. You’ll die without seeing the USA destroyed.

razzledazzle on January 20, 2010 at 10:01 am

Here in Ohio, many Republicans are happy to finally be able to say “Congratulations Senator Brown!”

Fred Taub on January 20, 2010 at 10:17 am

Deb, you were right. Lets hope he does the right thing. The voters intentions were right but we have been here before. Hopefully this isn’t a disappointment.

CaliforniaScreaming on January 20, 2010 at 10:23 am

    A CF-

    The heartening thing is it happened in Taxachusetts- what we need to do is make the same thing happen here in Mexifornia- we need to bounce Boxer, Pelosi and all the other San Francisco treats and at least get some semblence of reality back in our political landscape. Having lived a decade myself in the bastion of eastern liberalism (Cambridge MA)- I can tell you it will be an even harder fight out here- they may be just as much indentured to the Dems as anyone, but we have more rabid and extreme nutbags out here to fight against.

    Mistress_Dee on January 20, 2010 at 11:32 am

I hope Obummer keeps stumping for other liberals in Clowngress. He keeps on failing them, and they keep on asking him to help in their campaigns. Keep up the great work, B. Hussein Obama.

I do have to agree that Brown is a RINO and I don’t agree with a few of his stands. He is more than likely another political weasel; you can’t trust any of them. Just watch him team up with other liberal Republican Senators, like McCain. However, at least this opens up the vote Kennedy held for years that was always for the liberal side. One more vote for us conservatives, and one less for the liberal commies.

Jarhead on January 20, 2010 at 10:35 am

Debbie-

I would like to think that part of the credit for Scott Brown’s
victory goes to you and Dorothy Rabinowitz for bringing to our attention the connection between Coakley and the Amirault family.

Congratulations.

paul on January 20, 2010 at 10:39 am

    I would agree. Her handling of various cases as a D.A. probably cost Coakley more than a few votes. She came across as a rigid party hack, rather than a human being. Coakley was protecting a district attorney’s office in one case and a politically connected police officer in another. One can see through such matters what sort of senator she would have been.

    Worry01 on January 20, 2010 at 2:28 pm

There’s also something I have heard recently that I think would be bad for the country. People have been talking about Brown for President. This cannot be allowed to happen. He’s a RINO who would be as bad as McCain would have been as POTUS. As for Massachusetts, this is a huge victory over the libs.

Jarhead on January 20, 2010 at 10:52 am

Brown for President? I think some people are getting a little carried away.

CaliforniaScreaming on January 20, 2010 at 11:11 am

let’s just wait to see if he lives up to his word…

howardroark on January 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

LOL: Waterboarding is a winner issue!

Terror Interrogations & the MA Senate Race

Posted on January 19, 2010 by Marc Thiessen NRO

Next to health care, the issue that has dominated the debate in the Massachusetts Senate race is terrorism. Scott Brown, the Republican running ahead in the race for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat today, has campaigned as an unabashed supporter of enhanced interrogation. Brown – who serves as a JAG lawyer in the Army National Guard – has argued that the Christmas Day bomber should be interrogated as an enemy combatant, not given the right to remain silent. And he has said of waterboarding, “I do not believe it is torture. America does not torture … we used aggressive, enhanced interrogation techniques.”

There is a lesson here for Republicans. If an outspoken supporter of waterboarding can run this strongly in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts, imagine how the issue will play in the rest of America.

The fact is President Obama has placed our country in grave danger by dismantling the CIA’s program to interrogate senior terrorist leaders like Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. By limiting all terrorist interrogations to the techniques in the Army Field Manual, Obama is actually requiring that captured terrorists receive better treatment in the interrogation room than common criminals being questioned at your local police precinct. Not only has he eliminated lawful interrogation techniques, under his administration the United States is no longer trying to capture the leaders of al Qaeda alive, and bring them in for interrogation so they can tell us their plans for future attacks.

Despite these facts, some in the GOP have been hesitant to speak out about President Obama’s elimination of the CIA program, for fear of being branded as supporters of torture. They have nothing to fear. The label is false and it will not stick. As I make clear in my book, Courting Disaster, Scott Brown has it right: The CIA’s interrogation of senior al Qaeda terrorists was not torture. Moreover, these interrogations were responsible for helping the CIA breaking up a number of terrorist attacks – including plots to blow up the U.S. Consulate in Karachi, the U.S. Marine camp in Djibouti, and to fly hijacked airplanes into buildings in London and Los Angeles. This is a strong record to run on – and dismantling the CIA program that foiled these plots is a major vulnerability for Obama and the Democrats.

Polls show that the more the public learns about the CIA’s interrogation program, the more Americans support it. A recent Rasmussen poll found that 58% of Americans say waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques should be used to gain information from the terrorist who attempted to bomb an airliner on Christmas Day. Just 30% were opposed. There are few issues on which conservatives have a more disparate advantage.

This is consistent with other polling on enhanced interrogation. For example, the Pew Research Center has been polling on this matter for more than four years, and in the course of the six Pew Polls over that period, support for enhanced interrogation (Pew calls it “torture” in its questions) has actually grown by a statistically significant margin. In July 2005, Pew reports that 43 percent of those polled were in favor while 53 percent were said to be opposed. By April 2009 opinion had flipped to 49 percent in favor and 47 percent opposed.

But even these numbers understate the level of public support for enhanced interrogation. The Pew Poll actually gave respondents four options to choose from: the techniques should be used “often,” “sometimes,” “rarely,” or “never.” In April 2009, 15% of Americans said they should be used “often” (a surprising result); 34% said “sometimes”; 22% said “rarely”; and 25% said “never.” What this means is fully 71% of Americans say there are circumstances in which they would support the use of enhanced interrogation techniques (in fact, they are saying they would support the use of outright torture).

In truth, the answer “rarely” actually best describes how frequently enhanced interrogation techniques were used during the Bush administration. Of the more than 80,000 individuals captured in the war on terror, only about thirty terrorists were subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques of any kind – and just three were waterboarded. In other words, according to Pew’s results, 49 percent of Americans would be willing to accept the use of enhanced interrogation techniques more frequently than they were actually employed. As Andy Kohut, the Director of the Pew Research Center, put it in an interview, “the public has not been reluctant to deal pretty strongly with terrorists.”

The majority of Americans support the use of these techniques because they are increasingly convinced that they worked in keeping our nation safe from terror. A Resurgent Republic poll in May 2009 found that a majority of Americans believe enhanced interrogations were effective (55 to 39 percent); that the Obama Administration has tied the hands of the CIA in fighting terrorism by limiting interrogators to the Army Field Manual (51 to 42 percent); that the Obama Administration made a serious mistake in releasing memos from the Bush Justice Department on enhanced interrogation techniques (54 to 41 percent); and they oppose criminal investigations of those responsible for authorizing or conducting those interrogations (62 to 32 percent).

Terrorist interrogation is an issue where the public is increasingly opposed to the Obama administration’s policies – and open to the arguments of those who support restoring the CIA’s ability to effectively question high-ranking terrorist leaders. Yet the most vocal conservative leader on this topic is a retired Vice President of the United States who has said he has no intention of ever running for office again. Dick Cheney has been heroic in defending the CIA and warning of the dangers we face as a result of the Obama administration’s policies – but it is time for others to join him in this debate. Americans are listening, if they will summon the courage to speak out. As Scott Brown has shown, waterboarding is a winning issue.

goldenmike4393 on January 20, 2010 at 12:00 pm

It must stink to be a lib this morning. It was nice watching Kerry walking on crutches. Did Teresa beat him up? His attacks on tea party supporters were over the top and libelous. He, Durbin, Schumer, and a whole bunch of ‘rats should take the Brown victory as a warning. But they won’t.

Julian on January 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

Starting last November ,my Canadian relatives kept telling me that they were worried that the US is going to wither away like France, the UK , and the rest of Eurabia. I said,”Not so fast. Americans are are different breed of people and they’re not going to take it lying down.” Brown’s election is part of the proof. What happened last night in MA will happen in the rest of the US and will give confidence to those fence-sitters in other states that yes- it can be done (Caliphoney being the possible exception)…The main thing in the next few years is that the conservatives need to stay away from anything that can potentially be scandellous (Abramoff type things, that will suck out momentum and drive). The RINO stuff as it applies to domestic policies doesn’t worry me so much…I think there is enough meat in the hard-core conservative crowd to overcome that. National Defense is the main thing. The quote from Brown on KSM that you put in at the start of your post needs to put up on every billboard and on the front page of every newspaper.

Not Ovenready on January 20, 2010 at 1:09 pm

Finally something to be happy about! Talk about a jolt to the libtard establishment. He may not be perfect, but he’s a helluva lot better than what the alternative was.

Joe on January 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm

Wow. His statement in his victory speech: “And the message we need to send in dealing with terrorists: our tax dollars–our tax dollars–should pay for weapons to stop them and not lawyers to defend them. . . Giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country.”

I am so glad Scott Brown has been elected! What an improvement over Ted Kennedy!

(I also heard Obama’s MLK Day speech — in part Obama was supposed to give his support for Coakley and assist in her campaign. But, Obama’s speech sounded 100 percent Marxist, even using Marxist catch-phrases. I hardly think Obama “helped” out Coakley — he just sealed her defeat.)

J.S. on January 20, 2010 at 2:06 pm

Republicans and misguided conservatives can celebrate but the country should not. The mass media portrayed this particular election as a conservative versus a liberal, when in fact it was a contest between a big-government loving Republican and a big-government loving Democrat. Socialists, communists, and internationalists are smiling behind the scenes.
This charade has been going on for a while now and unless the American people elect constitutionalists and libertarians to all levels of government, the country will continue to suffer on all fronts.
As for now, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

ramjordan on January 20, 2010 at 3:42 pm

J.S. — Amen–I thought that was the best of a great speech.

Now this guy seems to have possibilities. He seems to have many good instincts in the kind of campaign he ran and the kind of speech he gave last night. The pick up truck and the sense that we want a person who listens to the voters and is not a crony making back room deals with other “elitists”–Scott Brown seems to get it.

BB on January 20, 2010 at 9:19 pm

Fuck you …you whore slut…..devil snake…u have no life and You are a bad person who is ugly as fuck and cant get nobody…i feel bad for u really everyone hates u your disliked…u have no life your poor low life minium wage person

Jerry on January 21, 2010 at 7:17 pm

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