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Brown Wins Kennedy’s Senate Seat, Health Reform Plot Thickens

Posted Jan 19 2010 12:00am
Sword of San Galgano. Authenticated to 12th Century, said to have been plunged into a rock by a mediev

Sword of San Galgano. Authenticated to 12th Century; said to have been plunged into a rock by a medieval Tuscan knight who then became a monk. Click on image for more

This just in from the Washington Post:

Massachusetts state Sen. Scott Brown was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, winning a special election over two opponents, the Associated Press projected. Brown — the first Republican senator from the Bay State in 31 years — willgive the GOP 41 seats in the Senate, enhancing the party’s ability to demand changes in legislation.

“Enhancing the party’s ability to demand changes in legislation.” That is certainly one way of saying it. As we live under the yoke of the Senate’s filibuster rule, and the stated aim of soon-to-be (or maybe not so soon) U.S. Senator Brown is to put a halt to the health reform legislation currently poised for informal reconciliation between the two houses of Congress, it is dizzying to think that the life’s work of Senator Ted Kennedy may well be torn asunder by the man who’ll take his seat. It is a biting irony of classical greek proportions.

And I find myself wondering, honestly, “What would Ted Kennedy do?” A consummate politician and a superb tactician, I doubt, considering the stakes, he would be adverse to the Massachusetts Secretary of State’s position:

Ah! The Senate Rules. As that yoke of the modern filibuster draws nearer round the throat of health care reform, and the phrase “in the nick of time” begins to hang in the air like a concrete goal, these words to the opponents of health care reform seem apt:  Live by the sword….

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