Episode 65 – Brown MASSacres Coakley, But it’s About Change, Not Health Care or the GOP

Counter to the conventional wisdom, Glenn and Jeff explain why Sen. Scott Brown’s victory in the Massachusetts Senate Race is about understanding the dynamics of change in the 2008 election and how that relates to the economy. Seeing this race as a victory for the GOP and a rejection of the President’s Health Care plan would be a tragic mistake, and Jeff explains why Democrats should run and embrace health care reform (real health care reform) while Republicans should reach to the middle politically and focus on jobs. Glenn, a Massachusetts resident, also explains the dynamics and idiosyncrasies of Massachusetts politics and how that impacted the Senate Special Election. Jeff takes on the Coakley campaign, based on his personal experiences working with them and drawing on his experience running a Senate campaign, for how it unknowingly positioned itself as the institutional candidate and defined itself as the heir apparent to Sen. Kennedy, and did not engage in Rule 1 of politics: define or be defined. The also explain why Steve Pagliuca or Alan Khezi would have been better candidates and more likely to win a race against Scott Brown. Finally, before Brown becomes the new brand of the Republican Party, Jeff explains why he shouldn’t get too far away from his pickup truck and he should reject all offers to become the GOP’s Poster Boy, and bear down to quietly work on behalf of the people of Massachusetts, or find himself out of a job in 2012, when he has to run again…with a presidential candidate on the top of the ticket. Always engaging and informative, it’s PoliTalk, your weekly political podcast.

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2 responses to “Episode 65 – Brown MASSacres Coakley, But it’s About Change, Not Health Care or the GOP

  1. Maureen Williams

    Haven’t even downloaded this yet, but RTWT. Scott Brown won the election DESPITE being a (R), and I would like to sincerely thank the Republican party for staying out of this particular race.

    My question becomes: Can he build enough political capital quickly enough to be able to go down there and build consensus and compromise? Personally I think his best move is to build and submit his own health care bill (again, assuming he can build support) that demonstrates his vision of health care reform. He needs to be bold, despite being the most junior member of that august body, or he will quickly become an irrelevant “flavor of the month” (anyone heard from Al Franken lately???) He will need to choose his allies very carefully, and (unfortunately) watch every step he makes and every word he says (witness the unfortunate “available” comment and the brouhaha over that. ) Sheesh, could someone please explain how Glenn Beck and Olbermann are on network TV and you guys aren’t?? But I guess that’s another email.

    Can’t wait to listen, learn, and watch what happens along with you guys!!

  2. I just want to say that as a high school student, you make politics interesting. Even though I can’t vote, I like to know what’s going on in my country.

    And to Jeff, you hasn’t read the Harry Potter books, I think you should. There is such a dynamic between the characters and subplots and intricit goodness that aren’t in the films.

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