View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Brown defeats Coakley - A Blow to Obama

In what has to be a major upset - and a slam at President Obama and his policies - Republican Scott Brown has defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy.

This puts President Obama's health care overhaul in doubt because it eliminates the Democratic Party's 60 vote majority and complete control of the Senate.

Coakley had been favored, but committed a number of gaffes - including a statement that Catholics who follow the Church's teaching probably should not work in emergency rooms! - and ran a poor campaign. She has already conceded.

Brown was ahead 53-46 the last time I checked. I don't know what the final figures will actually be.

This is major news. It's a victory before the March for Life (Brown is not pro-life, but he is only moderately pro-choice, unlike Coakley.) He is more likely to oppose abortion coverage in health care reform than Coakely was.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent news! Now we'll see if Brown will be seated in time to put a stop to any possible publicly funded abortions in the health bill.

Let the filibusters begin.

~Dr. K

10:00 PM  
Blogger GrandmaK said...

We must continue to pray. Pray that he will not be swayed by those with whom he comes in contact with in DC and then will be swayed to conform! This is indeed a wonderful gift as many prepare to march for life in just a few day! Cathy

6:37 AM  

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