Will this be Hungary in 1958 or Berlin in 1991 for Massachusetts?

Will the GOP recruit candidates to exploit the victory within the state? Will the National GOP recognize the opportunity that they have been given and exploit the success with cash?

Will the Democrats actually learn from this or will it be a river in Egypt? (partial answer provided)

How much slack will democrats who crossed over give Brown to vote with his caucus?

Can Martha Coakley get up after taking a political knockdown?

Will the state democrats who were planning to move up when she was elected decide to challenge her for AG?

Will Scott Brown let this “Presidential NONSENSE” (yes I said nonsense) go to his head?

Will the democratic congress do the one smart political thing they could do to salvage the Health Care Bill crisis? (No I’m not telling what it is but I discussed it with Smitty and he agrees with me.)

Will Mitt Romney use this as a template to build up debts that the base will recognize?

Will the fundraiser windfall that comes with this victory be used wisely?

Will president Obama moderate his positions or double down?

Will the MSM and the rino media recant the “Republicans can’t win unless they drop conservatism stuff” rhetoric? Who will be the first online journalist (cough David Frum cough) to admit he was wrong?

It will be fun for us to find out together.

…by her ability to make the worst possible decisions of any candidate ever as Gateway Pundit reports.

I can’t believe the person running her campaign has a job and I don’t.

This is a Nelson moment if I ever saw one.

Of course if certain union guys know something; I don’t she will post this about me in a couple of days.

to paraphrase my favorite president Grover Cleveland. Camp of the Saints rightly points out that if we treat Sarah the way the media treated President Obama during the last election, we will not only be wrong but we will be doing ourselves and her no favors:

Friendly advice should be taken as such. And conservatives should never fall for a cult of personality. Sarah Palin is an admirable lady. She is not a savior. ‘Nuff said.

Mindless idolatry
is no way to pick a candidate. Remember the line from the movie The Buccaneer

British Captain: I may have been misinformed. I understood that Mr. LaFitte was in command.

Lafitte: If your offer is good it will stand up under fire.

Do we have so little faith in Palin’s ability to stand up under fire or to recover from a mistake? If our candidate and our positions are good, then they can stand criticism.. If not then not only will we lose, we will deserve to. For Reference see Coakley, Martha.

…with people spending money that is not theirs to help others:

The catastrophic earthquake in Haiti has prompted many staffers to make donations to aid quake victims. We encourage that. However, if you have an AT&T cellphone, you may have received a text offering you a chance to make a contribution to assist them by simply texting a number. Remember, however, that if you have a company-paid phone, that bill goes to the company and is paid by the company. it is not a personal contribution. So, Bill Schmidt reminds everyone that if you would like to make a contribution, please use a method other than this one.

Let’s play a game: How many times can you re-write the message above substituting the name of a different government program each time for “Haiti” and “company paid phone” and “paid by the company” with “paid by the American Taxpayer” without repeating yourself?

The only rule would be that it has to be a program that the New York Times supports. I don’t think I have the bandwidth.

stating in big letters that YOU (meaning us) can make educators and students a priority in Washington by voting for Martha Coakley came in the mail today.

Ironically it shows up on the very day that we discover she apparently can’t spellMassachusetts“.

Maybe she should run for Senator from Berkeley.

Vote Brown.

…and this president would forgive him, he has no choice.

In my opinion it all comes down to Obamacare, if this was 3 months ago or even two months ago they might have been able to ease him back, but right now the negotiations on are critical. If they want to get this in before the Massachusetts elections they can’t elbow Reid aside.

This president has bet the farm on healthcare and he can’t afford to take any chances.

I think Harry Reid figured this out and played this perfectly, I think honestly that Obamacare is so important that if he said what Bill Clinton is alleged to have said he would still be forgiven.

Timing is everything and this is the one time in the last year that Reid’s timing has been perfect.

Update (sorta): I was going to schedule this post for around noon since I’ll be at a funeral mass/etc but Andrea Mitchel just made this point on Morning Joe so I’m posting it now.

It has to be.

The Holy Name of Jesus Christ is a challenge, it’s a challenge to the world, it’s a challenge to individuals and it’s a challenge to those who profess to believe in his name.

It provokes Willie Geist to feature it as the joke of the week on Morning Joe, it causes MSNBC and the media to have a conniption, it produces snark in the media, discomfort for those who know it’s meaning, violence. from those who oppose it.

When used to describe the son of God it brings Islamists to a murderous rage, produces jokes on South Park and Family Guy (although in fairness south park doesn’t spare Muslims either), is parodied in film for fun and profit and causes actual demons and devils to retreat.

When Hume said:

‘Jesus Christ’ the ‘Most Controversial Two Words You Can Ever Utter in the Public Square’ Today

he was stating nothing that Christ himself didn’t say as we’ve quoted here before

If the world hates you, realize that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, the world would love its own; but because you do not belong to the world, and I have chosen you out of the world, the world hates you. Remember the word I spoke to you, ‘No slave is greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. And they will do all these things to you on account of my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin; but as it is they have no excuse for their sin. Whoever hates me also hates my Father. If I had not done works among them that no one else ever did, they would not have sin; but as it is, they have seen and hated both me and my Father. John 15:18-24

Let’s be blunt, there are two sides in the battle for souls, and one particular side is going to do all it can to keep souls from finding the truth. All the powers, pleasures and pains of the world will be brought to bear against you to keep you from it.

I know I’ve been beating this horse to death but it is one of the most important things a Christian in general and a Catholic in particular needs to understand. Christianity is a challenge to yourself and to others. When done correctly it can inspire many to salvation, when done poorly it can do the opposite. It is diametrically opposed to the world, it’s belief system is an absolute:

Jesus Christ is the son of God, he died and rose from the dead for the forgiveness of sins!

It is either true or false. If you believe this to be false you are not a Christian, period. If you claim to believe it is true but act as if it is false then you have to resolve some issues. As C.S. Lewis said in Mere Christianity:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic-on a level with the man who says he is a poached egg-or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronising nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.

Brit Hume has publicly made his choice. You and I have the rest of our lives to make ours…

…after that we’re on our own.