9:05 p.m. est: 60% of the vote in and Brown is up 53% to 46%. Here’s fact that should chill Dems going into this November’s congressional elections: Rasmussen exit polling said that 22% of Democrats went for Scott Brown.
Think about it. Kennedy hasn’t even been gone for five months and it looks like the Dems have already lost a seat that’s been with the Democrats for decades. Ted must feel like he turned over the keys to his car to… well, himself.
9:25 p.m.: Wow, that was fast…. According to Fox News, the Associated Press is projecting that Scott Brown has won — the first Republican in this senate seat in nearly six decades.
9:30 p.m.: John Kerry is on crutches at Coakley’s concession speech… he just had hip replacement surgery, but the real reason for the crutches is that he got run over by Scott Brown’s pickup truck.
9:35 p.m.: Sarah Palin’s going to get her wish: Brown’s going to be driving into DC in his pickup truck.
9:43 p.m.: I just knew that Coakley posing nude in Cosmo magazine would come back to haunt her. What? Oh, nevermind.
9:56 p.m.: Harry Reid is reported to have said that Scott Brown will be sworn in as a U.S. Senator “when the Senate has received the appropriate papers.” Reid also said that Brown is light-skinned with “no nude male model dialect.” High praise indeed from the Senate Majority Leader.
10:36 p.m.: Scott Brown’s victory speech. Classy shout-out to the Kennedy family — but hopefully not so long-term classy that Brown ends up being a RINO. Love the crowd chanting “yes we can!” But isn’t that a copyright violation? Money quote concerning terrorism: “Our tax dollars should be spent on weapons to stop them, and not lawyers to defend them.”
In closing for the night: It’s clear that the most dangerous place for any Democrat politician right now (aside from being caught between Chuck Schumer and a television camera) is on Barack Obama’s coat-tails. Look at the things that Obama has personally lobbied hard for in the past year — Corzine, Deeds, the Chicago Olympics, and now Coakley. So far, Obama is the Detroit Lions of presidents.
Look for Obama to be a less-in-demand commodity heading into the 2010 congressional elections. And yet another wheel falls off Hope train.
In spite of this public rejection, you will have health care, dammit!
But for the moment anyway, it feels good to know that it isn’t “Ted Kennedy’s seat”, but that it is indeed “the people’s seat.”
Update: This election was also apparently a referendum on Michelle Malkin.