Reviewing the available polls, I think Scott Brown's victory in MA on January 19, 2010 will turn on how the people feel about federal health care reform. Clearly, voters in MA - from all political parties - are offended by the secret, behind-the-scenes negotiations, negotiations in which the average American is sacrificed to benefit big government, big business, and big international labor.
As Brown asserts, we can do better than ObamaCare. Brown will, in all likelihood, serve as the 41st vote to send health care reform back to the drawing board. I expect a revised, bipartisan initiative would allow tougher competition, more personal control, and greater choices for consumers. Meanwhile, I have no doubt that Brown's come-from-behind victory will be historically significant, it will stand in history as a defining moment when even Democrat decided they have had enough of Obama's dangerous Marxist socialist agenda.
John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.