BOSTON — As much as I enjoyed rubbing elbows with all the Scott Brown supporters at the Park Plaza Hotel — as Robert Stacy McCain observed, “If every Republican in Massachusetts wasn’t inside the ballroom of the Park Plaza Hotel on Tuesday night, it was only because the city’s fire marshal is a Democrat” — I definitely preferred watching the election results last night among garden-variety liberals. I left the Brown party to grab dinner at Legal Seafood while the results were still rolling in.
“Ted Kennedy must be spinning in his grave!” one older woman lamented as she clutched her glass of wine. “Oooh, look, she’s closing in!” she later shouted as the margin went from 53-46 to 52-47. “She” — Martha Coakley — didn’t close in much more than that. The most amusing reaction was that of one server, an otherwise sweet young lady who seemed to view this as a harbinger of some right-wing coup.
“There were people protesting Obama the other day and I was like ‘Where am I?'” she said incredulously. “Some of them were wearing Hitler moustaches. Here!” Yes, it can happen here. No, not the Hitler moustache part — the election of a Republican senator. And that’s what has the liberals worried, because to them the two are the same thing.
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