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Cambridge, Ma.—There are no print copies of the Boston Herald anywhere in the city, including in commie Cambridge, where imports of the Morning Star typically outsell Boston's favorite right-leaning tabloid. Online, though, those interested in Hub politics can get a sense of the panic overwhelming Gov. Deval Patrick's office and how Scott Brown's campaign embarrassed Martha Coakley in Ted Kennedy's old Hyannisport stomping grounds.

But things are slowly returning to normal today. Whereas last week every conversation in every pub and coffee shop had something to do with the Senate race, now the conversations in this city (Coakley, 84 percent) are confused and Pauline Kael-like: "If there are Scott Brown voters in this state, I've never met them." The man who made my coffee this morning was talking at great length about the late Paul Tsongas (though fails to mention his widow Niki, a Republican target, who represents my former district in Congress) and local talk radio is doing the yeoman's work of keeping tabs on out-of-town journalists parsing returns from Wor-Chester…It is, for those keeping score at home, pronounced Wuss-tah. It's time to sit back and poke fun at those blogger-prognosticators who predicted victory for Martha Coakley, while maintaining that the Bill Weld "almost beat" John Kerry in 1996 (Kerry won by almost 8 points).

But as is being noted on all the local AM yakkers today, the inimitable MBNBC heavy-breather Keith Olbermann sees a blue state that hasn't shifted much since the busing wars of the 1970s, a state full of racists and sexists and fascists:

In Scott Brown, we have an irresponsible, homophobic, racist, reactionary, sexist, ex-nude model, teabagging supporter of violence against women and against politicians with whom he disagrees.

Though Matt Welch previously noted Keith's magnificently insane hysterics, it is worth pointing out that he also seems to think that the stupid truck conceit—and a note to Brown's handlers: the schtick is already grating—is coded racism designed to appeal to the rump of ROAR that lurks in the suburbs. And racist white people drive trucks, or something.

Glenn Beck got his crazy on too, telling his radio audience that he was deeply offended by Brown's clumsy and uncomfortable joke offering his daughters into white slavery. This, said Beck, would end with a "dead intern." I have no idea what this means, but why try to shoehorn in a Steve Gobie joke as well?

And while Brown is a semi-moderate Republican and almost all of his local supporters with whom I spoke were bright, engaged, and truly concerned with spiraling deficits and the unknown-unknowns of ObamaCare, the out-of-staters who came to Massachuetts to bear witness would, in most any other time in recent American history, denounce him as a namby-pamby RINO sell-out.

In the press pit at the Park Plaza Hotel for last night's Brown victory party, a representative from the right-wing conspiracy theory web site World Net Daily, a blogger who believes Barack Obama is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X and who once thundered that "it is well known that Obama allegedly was involved with a crack whore in his youth," a story the media refused to "push," and various weirdos mumbling about how they had "heard" that ACORN was going to steal the election.

But Scott Brown is not a "teabagger," as Chuck Schumer and Keith Olbermann maintain. And he isn't anyone's idea of a social conservative. Nor is he a Liberty Caucus Republican, known for his libertarian instincts. In trying to stop this health care bill by destroying Martha Coakley—a feat she performed without outside help—conservative activists, bloggers, and Brown fanboys are going to soon have to deal with a guy who, in the words of Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney, is not that right-wing. And if he attempts to assuage their fears by diving right, when he comes up for election in two years, the people of Massachusetts could very well punish him for selling out.

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  1. If there are Scott Brown voters in this state, I’ve never met them.

  2. Glenn Beck got his crazy on too, telling his radio audience that he was deeply offended by Brown’s clumsy and uncomfortable joke offering his daughters into white slavery. This, said Beck, would end with a “dead intern.”

    Glenn was not being serious with that one, but I do appreciate Brown’s effort to find good partners for his daughters – it surely will save them time by not relying so much on eHarmony.com

    1. The older daughter is worthy of Idol worship.

      1. Yep. U R right.

        http://www.huffingtonpost.com/…..30291.html

        1. I think the photo must be a couple of years old as last night the older one looked like she was 2 or 3 inches taller than dad.

          1. heels dude.

    2. Obviously it was a joke, but it was a very pointed joke. I think Beck intended this as an “I’ve got my eye on you” comment to Brown, a reminder that if he goes off the reservation, Beck can and will make his life a living hell.

    3. Brown said his daughters were “available”, which means they are single and not betrothed, i.e. available for dating. The interns writing Beck’s script are too young to know this term and Beck is to illiterate.

      1. too illiterate, sorry

  3. The uphsot:

    We, voters of Massachusetts (not me, I voted for the only principled candidate on the ballot) just elected a statist.

    1. Yeah, but on the other hand you guys made a lot of politicians and pundits totally shit their pants. It was really worth it just for that.

  4. Joe Kennedy made sure people had a Libertarian Option in the first election of 2010, and deserves our thanks for that.

    The voters of Massachusetts deserve our thanks for (hopefully) stopping the Democrats push for a government takeover of healthcare.

    Scott Brown supports Roe v Wade, and backs civil unions, and has said that he has no urge to repeal Massachusetts non-discriminatory marriage law. A Republican who does not have a southern accent will be a welcome change.

    Just watching Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow flip out of cable TV made Scott Brown’s victory all the better.

  5. There are two Glenn Beck’s. One is the radio version who doesn’t take politics and national security seriously. The other one is the tv version who thinks Obama will cause another 9/11.

    1. Which is the sober one?

    2. Yeah, what’s up with that?

  6. ….conservative activists, bloggers, and Brown fanboys are going to soon have to deal with a guy who, in the words of Washington Examiner columnist Tim Carney, is not that right-wing.

    Yeah but he’s not Martha Coakley and that’s enough for now!

    1. “Yeah but he’s not Martha Coakley and that’s enough for now!”

      Yeah, but he’s politics-as-usual and that’s not NEARLY enough change for now.

      MA voters had a chance to trigger a political earthquake. But I guess they will settle for having having pinup-boy Brown turn over in bed and ask them if the earth moved. In answer, the voters will lie to themselves, of course.

  7. ‘a blogger who believes Barack Obama is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X’

    Good God. He’s Papa Doc’s illegitimate son. That’s why Newsweek needs his Haiti expertise.

  8. Just watching Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow flip out of cable TV made Scott Brown’s victory all the better.

    Better still was watching Madcow and Chris Matthews lament yesterdays unpleasantness…It reminded me of the joke about the two old lesbians in a Boston bar……

    1. I was fixated on the old barfly upstage who pretended to talk on her phone while getting hammered on cocktails and sneaking glimpses of herself in the monitors.

      1. My two old lesbians were Madcow (who is doing her level best to turn into Eleanor Smeal) and of course that Irish trout Matthews.

    2. THATS NOT FUNNY

  9. Malcolm X’s son? Well, BO was born in 1961. Several years earlier, Malcolm had been released from jail. He was slain in February of 1965, right?

    Did Malcolm and Alex Haley omit a detail or two? Just sayin’.

    1. He sure looks more like Malcolm than Barack sr..

      http://octaman.com/comments/MalcolmO.html

    2. Wouldn’t it be awesome if the President suddenly decided to join the Nation of Islam, and changed his name to Barack X?

      1. When your last name is Obama, I don’t think the whole changing to X thing makes any sense.

  10. And while Brown is a semi-moderate Republican and almost all of his local supporters with whom I spoke were bright, engaged, and truly concerned with spiraling deficits and the unknown-unknowns of ObamaCare

    This is an obvious contradiction. How could any bright and engaged person not realize that eight years of tax cuts and massive, unfunded spending programs and wars is the primary reason our deficits going forward are so out of control?

    Hello, cognitive dissonance!

    1. Hello non sequitur!

    2. massive, unfunded spending programs

      AKA “public sector unions”.

    3. “How could any bright and engaged person not realize that eight years of tax cuts and massive, unfunded spending programs and wars is the primary reason our deficits going forward are so out of control?”

      Because that’s so wrong as to be utterly retarded? It’s not like our country had giant piles of money saved up when Dubya was elected. The best you can say about Clinton is that we were going to hell in a handbasket more slowly than before.

      The reason we have a fiscal problem is because we are a politicianocracy, and the political class’s understanding of macroeconomics is this:
      1) When the economy is down, you ought to raise spending to spur consumption and creation.
      2) When the economy is up, you ought to raise spending because, hey, you’ve got all this extra tax revenue now. You can afford new programs!

    4. “How could any bright and engaged person not realize that eight years of tax cuts and massive, unfunded spending programs and wars is the primary reason our deficits going forward are so out of control?”

      I agree that tax cuts, massive unfunded spending programs and wars are the primary reason for the deficits.

      What has Team Blue done to address any of them?

      Promise to not raise taxes, ramp up spending like never before, create new and bigger entitlement programs, and increase the number of troops deployed.

      Hello, Chad.

    5. How could any bright and engaged person not realize that eight years of tax cuts and massive, unfunded spending programs and wars is the primary reason our deficits going forward are so out of control?

      The Stimulus and the newer bailouts being a never-mind to you, right?

    6. The Chadolph has spoken

  11. Malcolm X was in Kenya?

    1. They have crack whores in Kenya?

  12. Olbermann doesn’t seem to understand the use of humor and sarcasm when conservatives use it. I guess it comes from only finding things like Bush/Chimp pictures funny.

    1. doesn’t understand it period. Few conservatives do either. Mostly they are offended like Olbermann is. Bush as Chimp being fucked by a Cheney Chimp. Discuss.

  13. Cambridge, Ma.

    Is that anywhere near Top of the World, Ma.?

  14. Dude, this is some seriously cool stuff dude, I mean really

    RT
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      1. anon-bot is sooo rad!

    1. Dude, you’re not even trying anymore. Get some rest and see ya in the morning.

  15. In the press pit at the Park Plaza Hotel for last night’s Brown victory party, a representative from the right-wing conspiracy theory web site World Net Daily, a blogger who believes Barack Obama is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X and who once thundered that “it is well known that Obama allegedly was involved with a crack whore in his youth,” a story the media refused to “push,” and various weirdos mumbling about how they had “heard” that ACORN was going to steal the election.

    This is about as poorly written a sentence as I’ve ever read. Nicely done, Moynihan.

    1. Grammar Nazis need not apply.

  16. Someday someone is going to point out to Olbermann and Maddow that if there are Teabaggers there must also be Teabaggees. Which are Olbermann and Maddow?

  17. MBNBC heavy-breather Keith Olbermann sees a blue state that hasn’t shifted much since the busing wars of the 1970s, a state full of racists and sexists and fascists:

    So, Teddy Kennedy was re-elected a half-dozen or so times by racists, sexists, and fascists? Not to mention John Kerry?

  18. Pickups are a sign of racism?!?

    Tell that to the pickup owner the other day who had an Obama-Biden sticker AND truck nuts on their truck.

  19. The pathetic thing is that Olberman doesn’t know that people aren’t responding to his statements, they’re responding to how lame his shock-jock schtick is. He doesn’t come off as funny or shocking or biting or insightful – he comes off as a giant wuss.

    Glen Beck’s had years of actual shock jock experience so he kinds knows how to pull it off. Some of the bits don’t work, that’s the nature of the game. But Olberman’s NEVER had a bit that worked except for his clever wordplay on sports reports. Even Maddow can get a good rant off once in a while, Olberman’s just boring.

  20. “”In the press pit at the Park Plaza Hotel for last night’s Brown victory party, a representative from the right-wing conspiracy theory web site World Net Daily, a blogger who believes Barack Obama is the illegitimate son of Malcolm X and who once thundered that “it is well known that Obama allegedly was involved with a crack whore in his youth,” a story the media refused to “push,” and various weirdos mumbling about how they had “heard” that ACORN was going to steal the election.””

    Is it me or is this sentence missing something?

    Either the “rep” was going to do something and it got forgotten, or you were going to say, “there was/were” before introducing him or the weirdos.

    Maybe its me, but it seems like a cocked up sentence. Editors should work for their money.

  21. so times by racists, sexists

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