An Intriguing Long Shot: Could Massachusetts Save Us From Obamacare?
9:54 PM, Dec 22, 2009 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
A TWS reader e-mails:
He signs himself, "Perhaps Inordinately Hopefully Yours."
He is perhaps inordinately hopeful. But he's right: the health care bill wouldn't come back to the Senate from the House (if a new version passes the House-which as I argued earlier, isn't a laydown) until after January 19th. So a 41st Republican senator could stop Obamacare.
Now, of course the Democrat Martha Coakley is the overwhelming favorite. But someone might want to commission a poll in Massachusetts to see what might happen if the Senate race could be made a referendum on Obamacare. Brown and Coakley debated last night, and they clashed on the health care bill. But so far as I can tell, Brown didn't emphasize that by electing him, the voters of Massachusetts have a chance to save the country from Obamacare. What if there were a massive independent expenditure that made that point? I bet Obamacare isn't popular even in Massachusetts. And it would be novelistically satisfying if the Democrats lost Ted Kennedy's seat on the issue of government-run health care, thereby dooming...government-run health care.