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A Platform of ‘Hope’ and ‘Change’

It has been a week since Scott Brown beat out Martha Coakley in the Senate Special election. Though, Brown won fair and square, there are some mixed emotions and many opinions flying around Boston on Brown, health care, and what this means for the country.

A Boston blogger who writes under the name Brian for The Sport of Boston Politics wrote that Coakley’s loss reminded him of John Kerry’s defeat against George Bush in 2004. He wrote:

It was easy to be upset after Martha Coakley lost the special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy. It reminds me of how I felt when John Kerry lost to George W. Bush in 2004. Not being a very skilled politician and speaker, Martha Coakley didn’t inspire or give reassurance to be hopefully. Her concession speech was bland.

A little over a year ago, Barack Obama beat John McCain in the presidential election. Obama ran on a platform of hope and most importantly change. John Kinsellagh a blogger for the Beacon Street Journal pointed out that Brown took a page from Obama’s handbook and ran under similar themes:

Through his insurgent candidacy, Brown rode the crest of what was initially a wave, that quickly became a national tsunami of disenchantment and disillusionment with the hard-left regal asbsolutism with which Congressional Democrats and President Obama have governed over the past year. As the Coakley campaign floundered and Brown started to surge, he became the vehicle of a national protest against the excesses of one-party rule personified in the crafting of a corrupt trillion dollar behemoth health care bill that the electorate fervently opposed. Brown took on the role of the outsider, the everyman against the condescending elitism of Obama and his radical left-wing congressional cohorts.

Health care is an extremely sensitive topic, not only among Democrats, but also Republicans and Independents. Joel Patterson, a blogger from the Blue Mass. Group, finds it hard to swallow that this healthcare bill, that has been talked about for the past year, is not supported by Brown.

It’s tough to say whether or not Brown will live up to his platform of change and we’re not sure Obama will either. However, it’s safe to say that Boston and the United States are looking to the future anxiously awaiting a different outcome.

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Scott Brown: Man, Model, Massachusetts State Senator?!

Scott Brown won big in Mass. Special Election yesterday

Yesterday, Republican Scott Brown won the special election to fill the late Ted Kennedy’s senate seat. Brown beat out Democrat Martha Coakley, who ran a sloppy and slanderous campaign.

I’m sure by now, everyone has heard that Scott Brown was featured in a 1982 issue of Cosmo, and I’m sure most of you have seen the ever-so-flattering pictures of Brown laying on a couch covering his ‘package’ with only his hand. While these pictures are entertaining, I have to wonder, where was the controversy?

I can’t help but think, if Martha Coakley had posed nude in let’s say, Sports Illustrated, that the media would have been on her like white on rice. Scott Brown poses nude in Cosmo, and nothing? Really? I mean sure, we’ve heard from a few outspoken comedians, such as Jon Stewart,  who poked fun at the pictures of Brown. News stations have mentioned that he was a model in passing, but no one reported that these photos might hurt Brown’s chances.

In fact, according to some, Brown’s scandalous photos might have actually helped him. Sally Quinn, a writer for the Washington Post and left-wing advocate, told Fox News that many women voted for Brown because he posed semi-nude and because he’s a “hunk”.

Other’s disagree with Sally Quinn and say that the reason Brown won was because he was the ‘change’ America needed to send a wake-up call to Democrats, who were vigorously pushing a plan to reform healthcare. According to the Huffington Post, the people have been heard and Democrats are deciding what to do to regain the support of the American people.

2010 certainly has been filled with surprises and I am interested in what lies ahead in the coming months in terms of healthcare, Washington, and the Obama administration. As for Scott Brown? Well he better get started on this list of demands issued by Cosmo after his big win.

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