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February 04, 2010

Stay Classy, Dems, Massachusetts Edition

MA Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin seems to believe that having the power to sign a piece of paper signifying the will of the voters gives him the right to lecture the man they just elected.

Galvin expressed concern about the 41st vote Brown has come to represent. His upset election last month ended the Democrats’ super majority in the Senate.

“I think much of what we’ve seen in this whole discussion is about the 41st vote. Last time I checked the Constitution, it didn’t say anything about needing 60 votes for every single thing that needs to be done. I think that contributes to gridlock,” Galvin said. “This is about a process where the majority rules. Hopefully he will respect the rights of the majority.”

In the words of DrewM, writing on Twitter, he's more worried about what's good for the Democrats than what the people of his state were trying to say with their election of Scott Brown. Galvin's statement represents the sort of sneering elitism on the part of Democrats that helped propel Brown's candidacy.

Galvin was elected secretary in 1994. While certifying Ted Kennedy's 2006 election win, I don't remember Galvin lecturing Kennedy about the rights of the majority, even though Kennedy had threatened to filibuster a Supreme Court nominee.

Scott Brown ran with a clear message that can be summarized as 'if you want the insanity in Washington to stop, vote for me.' And they did. What Galvin either doesn't realize, or willfully ignores, is that Mass voters want Brown to stop the majority because they didn't like what the majority was doing. Judging from the comments at that article, Galvin's inability to keep his opinion to himself has only fueled the anti-incumbent fire in Massachusetts. The independents and Republicans got a taste of victory last month, and it's clear they want more.

Related - I'll ask this question Howie Carr-style: why the bleep is Paul Kirk still voting in the Senate? Brown's certification was signed this morning. Kirk voted to confirm an Obama nominee just after noon. Precedent and history seem to indicate that he can't do that. Aren't any Senate Republicans going to make noise about this?

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