How much do you think that Scott Brown paid to have David Gergen ask that question about "the Kennedy seat" at the debate last night? Probably nothing.
But I imagine that Scott Brown was waiting for a question, any question with a thoughtless reference to the Kennedy seat, and he had the answer ready. Because if you are Scott Brown and his campaign staff running for the United States Senate seat held since 1962 (!) by the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) you are probably seething over the presumption that the seat is a Kennedy seat and that a Kennedy and a Democrat has a right to sit in it. For ever. So you have the response ready.
"With all due respect, it’s not the Kennedy seat and it’s not the Democrats’ seat, it’s the people’s seat."
Yeah. There's a lot of presumption among our liberal friends that they own certain things in American life. They own idealism. They own the "little people." They are the compassionate people. They are the evolved people. They are the intelligent people.
These are the beliefs of a governing elite already past its peak. They are the notions of an arrogant upper class already rotted by bad apples, a product already past its sell-by date.
So we ask the good voters of Massachusetts. Are you ready to send a message to Washington DC that you will not be patronized by the mainstream media and the political establishment? Are you willing to send a message to President Obama and Senator Reid on their desperately flawed health reform bill?
Tell you what, Bay Staters. You can always chuck Scott Brown out at the next election, and elect a host of Democrats and Kennedeys to every seat in the state.
But, this one time, why not send a message to Washington, and teach the politicians a lesson?