The Massachusetts Special Election to replace the late Senator Ted Kennedy (via current interim senator Paul Kirk) will be January 19th, 2010. The candidates are Democrat state Attorney General Martha Coakley a.k.a. “Martha Cuckoo,” Republican state Senator Scott Brown a.k.a. “Mr. Handsome Movie Actor Face Guy” and libertarian Independent Joe Kennedy (not related to the famous Kennedys).
It is very cordial of the media to invite Joe Kennedy to debates. Now, Kennedy is an intelligent, private-sector “citizen candidate,” unlike the other two, and, although I did not agree with every one of his answers on the debates so far, at least he supports getting rid of the income tax and the capital gains tax, and wants to take US forces out of the Middle-East (and other parts of the world), and promises to work to repeal every part of any government health care bill that’s going through Congress now. Kennedy has a genuine understanding of the Constitution and the nature of government, and doesn’t just repeat “libertarian think-tank statements.” He is also a non-lawyer. (Do we really need any more lawyers in Washington to further ruin our country? Mr. Handsome Movie Actor Face Guy and Martha Cuckoo are both lawyers.)
Unfortunately, the state-biased media seem to be snubbing Kennedy, and in some cases he has been accused of being in the race to confuse people to think he is actually “Joe Kennedy,” the former Congressman and nephew of the late Senator Ted Kennedy, to take Democrats’ votes away from Martha Cuckoo. On the other hand, some people such as SaveWRKO’s Brian Maloney are accusing candidate Joe Kennedy of having a “fraudulent candidacy,” who is there to “undermine Brown.” You can hear for yourself whether Kennedy is a serious candidate or not in this debate with Dan Rea on WBZ, this interview of Kennedy with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, and this debate on WGBY in Springfield. I believe he is sincere.
However, it is extremely disappointing to tune in to WRKO and WTKK to hear the local radio conservatives’ sickening love affair with this male model Scott Brown, who is really a Bob Dole-John McCain-Lindsay Graham-Nelson Rockefeller “moderate” (i.e. statist-socialist-Keynesian) principle-compromising Republican. Not the kind of candidate with whom you would expect these “conservatives” to engage in such kissy-face romance. They seem manipulated by his pandering rhetoric of tax-cutting and war mongering. Unlike Kennedy’s promise to repeal any government medicine proposals, Brown has stated that compromises should be made so that more people can get insurance. Brown does not recognize that the reason health care and insurance prices are so high is because of government regulations and bureaucracy already in place. Brown supported and voted for Mitt Romney’s fascist mandatory health insurance law, and Brown still supports that, despite its vast failures. I think the conservatives are in a fantasy world in their support of Brown, just as they fantasize that the US government’s invasions and occupations in the Middle-East can prevent terrorism when in reality such policies are provoking terrorism, and just as leftists fantasize that raising taxes will help the poor or schools or do anything but line bureaucrats’ pockets.
I think these conservatives use certain psychological defense mechanisms to shield themselves from reality including distortion and denial. Plenty of times these conservatives have discussed how both the Democrat and Republican parties are “statist” parties, yet respond emotionally to the Republicans’ constant rhetoric of “low taxes, cutting spending and waste,” etc.
After all the Tea Parties and Town Hall meetings, and 9/12 and similar protests, and criticisms by conservatives of “out-of-touch Republicans” as well as Democrats, and talk of a third political party, the conservatives still seem to want to run around in circles and repeat the same mistakes. Conservatives seem to be suffering from the dysfunctional Keynesian short-term immediate gratification of “getting a Republican in there (any Republican, including Big Government socialist ones)” to change things, rather than employing some more thoughtful strategies of long-range planning to restore our liberty that government has been encroaching and usurping from us. You would think that these intelligent guys on local Boston radio wouldn’t be engaging in the kind of childish snubbing of Kennedy that they have been doing. He is actually the one candidate who makes actual references to the Constitution.
When I refer to “conservatives running around in circles,” here are some examples. In 1994, an election year much compared to 2010, Republicans were swept into Congress and took control as the majority party. However, the new Republicans joined the old Republicans and Democrats to further entrench Congress as a one-party, tax-and-spend tyrant. Republicans continued to sign on to $trillion-dollar pork-filled budgets and increasingly burdensome regulations. Rather than push for any real reform as the majority party, the Republicans were more concerned with President Clinton’s sex affairs in the Oval Office. And further back in time, Ronald Reagan promised to cut whole cabinet-level department, and not only didn’t do that, he added several new bureaucracies, and signed every pork-filled Congressional budget.
The childish snubbing by these “conservatives” of Joe Kennedy coincides with how Scott Brown snubs Kennedy at the debates, referring to Coakley as though she is his one and only opponent, as 2006 Republican gubernatorial candidate Kerry “Muffy” Healey would talk to Deval Patrick and ignore Independent Christy Mihos and Green Grace Ross. Muffy challenged the Democrat to a one-on-one debate in 2006 and now Scott Brown challenges the Democrat to a one-on-one debate. It is these Republicans who are the elitists, and the local radio conservatives, who constantly accuse Democrats of elitism, become elitists when they do the same kind of snubbing.
Could it be that these radio conservatives have a “man-crush” on Scott Brown a.k.a. “Mr. Handsome Movie Actor Face Guy”? Well, one of them sure exhibited that kind of thing with Willard Mitt Romney during the 2008 presidential campaign, either because Romney was paying him, or because of man-crush. It was sick, the way he would constantly fawn over Romney. “Mitt Romney will be a great president… Mitt will be a ‘Mount Rushmore’ president.” Yes, he said that! In fact, just recently, this particular talk host said that if Scott Brown wins this senate election, he might even be considered as a vice presidential candidate in 2012. Yes, he said that, too. There must be “man-crush” things going on with these people. They have been sounding irrational.