After scoring an upset for the ages, Scott Brown plans on getting to Washington as soon as possible. After this election, however, there are still more than nine months until the midterm elections.
The question now for Republicans and conservatives across the country is what to do with the momentum and energy within the party and its supporters.
Senator-elect Brown won the Massachusetts Senate race carrying 52% of the vote, defeating Martha Coakley by over 109,000 votes. Before the election, Democrats had signaled that they would stall the certification process in an effort to keep Brown from being able to stop healthcare legislation in Congress.
Such an effort would be a clear example of liberal hypocrisy.
In 2008, Barack Obama defeated John McCain by a 52%-47% margin, the same margin Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley by. When the tea party movement gained steam and Democrats were getting grilled across the country in town hall meetings during the summer of 2009, liberals put out an ad attacking these people. In the ad, the 2008 election was described as “overwhelming”.
If a five point margin is so overwhelming, liberals have no standing in trying to stall the process of seating Scott Brown.
Republicans across the country are weary of possible Democrat shenanigans, with numerous groups on Facebook popping up minutes after the election was called for Scott Brown. These groups have called for Brown to be seated immediately, rather than leaving him out of the healthcare debate.
After seeing Brown win a clear victory, some Democrats have come out in support of seating Brown quickly. Virginia Senator Jim Webb and Congressmen Anthony Weiner (D-NY) and Barney Frank (D-MA) have all made statements suggesting that the process of passing healthcare legislation should be slowed or stopped until Brown is seated.
After such a dramatic victory that has liberals across America on their heels, what should conservatives do?
Democrats now will have to be more cautious about backing healthcare and any other part of the leftist agenda. Americans have sent another message rejecting the liberal ideas pushed by Obama, Reid, and Pelosi, leaving Democrats in a difficult position.
While Democrats are looking over their shoulders, Republicans need to keep up the pressure that can send liberals running for the hills come November. They now know that just about every seat up for election is up for grabs. If Massachusetts can elect a Republican, so can anywhere else.