Upset! Massachusetts Votes: Republican Scott Brown Elected to the Senate

MASSACHUSETTS SPECIAL ELECTION FOR THE US SENATE:

IN FOCUS: STATS

  • Scott Brown’s road to the US Senate race – Boston Globe
  • With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Brown had won 52.2 percent to Coakley’s 46.8 percent. Independent Joseph L. Kennedy received 1 percent….
  • Rasmussen’s exit polls:
  • Health care has been a huge issue in this election. Fifty-two percent (52%) of Brown voters say it was the most important issue in determining their vote. Sixty-three percent (63%) of Coakley voters say health care was the top issue:
  • 78% of Brown voters Strongly Oppose the health care legislation before Congress.
  • 52% of Coakley supporters Strongly Favor the health care plan. Another 41% Somewhat Favor the legislation.
  • 61% of Brown voters say deficit reduction is more important than health care reform.
  • 46% of Coakley voters say health care legislation more important than deficit reduction.
  • 86% of Coakley voters say it’s better to pass the bill before Congress rather than nothing at all.
  • 88% of Brown voters say it’s better to pass nothing at all.
  • 22% of Democrats voted for Brown. That is generally consistent with pre-election polling. N?YT, 1-19-10
  • Republican Rise Voters are evenly split over which party should run Congress—a sharp comedown for the Democrats: As Barack Obama enters his second year in office amid an enduring economic downturn, voters are less optimistic about his ability to succeed and no longer clearly favor keeping the Democrats in control of Congress, according to the new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll….
    Republicans are far more excited than Democrats to turn out and vote in November: 55% of Republican voters said they were “very interested” in the election, compared with 38% of Democrats…. – WSJ,

THE HEADLINES….

  • In epic upset, GOP’s Brown wins Mass. Senate race: In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy for nearly half a century, leaving President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul in doubt and marring the end of his first year in office.
    Addressing an exuberant victory celebration Tuesday night, Brown declared he was “ready to go to Washington without delay” as the crowd chanted, “Seat him now.” Democrats indicated they would, deflating a budding controversy over whether they would try to block Brown long enough to complete congressional passage of the health care plan he has promised to oppose.
    “The people of Massachusetts have spoken. We welcome Scott Brown to the Senate and will move to seat him as soon as the proper paperwork has been received,” said Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev. Massachusetts Secretary of State William Galvin said he would notify the Senate on Wednesday that Brown had been elected…. – AP, 1-19-10
  • Big win for Brown Republican trounces Coakley for Senate, imperils Obama health plan: Republican Scott P. Brown pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Massachusetts political history last night, defeating Democrat Martha Coakley to become the state’s next US senator, potentially derailing President Obama’s hopes for a health care overhaul. The stunning, come-from-behind victory caps a dramatic surge in recent days as Brown, a state lawmaker from Wrentham once thought to have little chance of beating a popular attorney general, roared ahead of Coakley to become the first Republican senator elected from Massachusetts since 1972. With 94 percent of precincts reporting, Brown had won 52.2 percent to Coakley’s 46.8 percent. Independent Joseph L. Kennedy received 1 percent…. – Boston Globe, 1-19-10
  • G.O.P. Takes Massachusetts Senate Seat: Scott Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, rode an old pickup truck and a growing sense of unease among independent voters to an extraordinary upset Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held by Edward M. Kennedy in the overwhelmingly Democratic state of Massachusetts. By a decisive margin, Mr. Brown defeated Martha Coakley, the state’s attorney general, who had been considered a prohibitive favorite to win just over a month ago after she easily won the Democratic primary. With all precincts counted, Mr. Brown had 52 percent of the vote to Ms. Coakley’s 47 percent…. – NYT, 1-19-10
  • Brown Scores Upset Victory Over Coakley in Massachusetts Senate Race: Republican Scott Brown’s victory could grind President Obama’s agenda to a halt and portend unexpected losses for Democrats in the November midterms… – Fox News, 1-2-10
  • Massachusetts Senate vote may derail Obama agenda: Brown’s victory made real the once unthinkable prospect of a Republican filling the seat held by Kennedy, known as the liberal lion, for almost 47 years until his death due to brain cancer last August. Before Kennedy won the seat for the first time in 1962, his older brother John held it for nearly eight years until his election as U.S. president in 1960.
    “This really does change everything, you know that?” said Mitt Romney, the former GOP governor of Massachusetts who introduced Brown at his victory rally…. – CNN, 1-20-10
  • NEWS ANALYSIS Senate defeat means Democrats need a new strategy: The healthcare overhaul will be the first issue to revisit, with polls showing the issue has turned many independent voters against the party. Job creation and debt reduction will also be affected… –
  • Democrats Won’t Rush to Pass Senate Bill: Scott Brown’s decisive Senate victory in Massachusetts imperiled the fate of the Democratic health care overhaul in Tuesday as House Democrats indicated they would not quickly approve a Senate-passed health care measure and send it to President Obama. After a meeting of House Democratic leaders even as Mr. Brown’s win was being declared, top lawmakers said they were weighing their options but the prospect of finishing off the debate with House passage of the Senate plan appeared to significantly diminish…. – NYT, 1-19-10
  • Democrats and Republicans get ready to run for Brown’s state Senate seat: Several local politicians from both parties are considering a campaign for Scott Brown’s state Senate seat now that he has won a surprising victory in Tuesday’s special US Senate election.
    “We’re going to contest this seat,” John Walsh, chair of the Massachusetts Democratic Party, said Tuesday before the polls closed. “A lot of Democrats are looking at this seat.” State Republicans also vowed to compete for the seat…. – Boston Globe, 1-19-10
  • The Democrats Hold Their Breath in Massachusetts – Time, 1-19-10
  • Analysis: Obama using populist appeals in 2010: President Barack Obama is using strikingly populist appeals to an angry electorate in Massachusetts’ Senate race, a likely preview of his November strategy to curb steep Democratic Party losses in Congress and the nation’s statehouses. “When the chips are down, when the tough votes come, on all the fights that matter to middle-class families … who is going to be on your side?” Obama asked Sunday, shedding his executive-like tie as he campaigned for a struggling Democratic candidate – and tested a midterm election message. – WaPo, 1-18-10
  • Last-minute TV ad buys raise the stakes in Massachusetts Senate race: Just how big are the stakes in the Massachusetts Senate race? Independent and party groups were set to spend nearly $5 million on television ads in the final weeks leading up to Tuesday’s special election between state Attorney General Martha Coakley (D) and state Sen. Scott Brown (R)… – WaPo, 1-17-10

POLITICAL QUOTES

  • Text, Scott Brown’s Victory Speech: The following is the prepared text of state Senator Scott Brown’s remarks after winning the United States Senate race in Massachusetts, as provided by his campaign.
    State Senator Scott Brown: Thank you very much. I’ll bet they can hear all this cheering down in Washington, D.C.
    And I hope they’re paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken.
    From the Berkshires to Boston, from Springfield to Cape Cod, the voters of this Commonwealth defied the odds and the experts. And tonight, the independent majority has delivered a great victory.
    I thank the people of Massachusetts for electing me as your next United States senator.
    Every day I hold this office, I will give all that is in me to serve you well and make you proud.
    Most of all, I will remember that while the honor is mine, this Senate seat belongs to no one person and no political party – and as I have said before, and you said loud and clear today, it is the people’s seat…. – NYT, 1-19-10
  • Sarah Palin: Mr. Brown Goes to Washington… In a Pick-up Truck, No Less!: Congratulations to the new Senator-elect from Massachusetts! Scott Brown’s victory proves that the desire for real solutions transcends notions of “blue state” and “red state”. Americans agree that we need to hold our politicians accountable and bring common sense to D.C.
    Recent elections have taught us that when a party in power loses its way, the American people will hold them accountable at the ballot box. Today under the Democrats, government spending is up nearly 23 percent and unemployment is higher than it’s been in a quarter of a century. For the past year they’ve built a record of broken promises, fat cat bailouts, closed-door meetings with lobbyists, sweetheart deals for corporate cronies, and midnight votes on weekends for major legislation that wasn’t even read. The good citizens of Massachusetts reminded Democrats not to take them for granted.
    Americans cheered for Scott Brown’s underdog campaign because they viewed his candidacy as a vote against the Democrats’ health care bill. You know that there’s something wrong with this legislation when opposition to it inspired a Republican victory in a state that currently has no Republicans in Congress and last sent a Republican to the Senate nearly 40 years ago…. – Facebook, 1-19-10
  • RNC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL STEELE STATEMENT ON SCOTT BROWN’S ELECTION TO U.S. SENATE: “Tonight, Scott Brown made history by exceeding all expectations and defeating Martha Coakley in the heart of the Democrat Party’s political stronghold. I extend my sincere congratulations to Scott, the Brown family, and his team on their tremendous come from behind victory to become the first Republican U.S. Senator from Massachusetts in more than 30 years. His message of lower-taxes, smaller government, and fiscal responsibility clearly resonated with independent-minded voters in Massachusetts who were looking for a solution to decades of failed Democrat leadership. There is no doubt in my mind that Scott will provide the representation and leadership they have asked for and deserve.
    Now that the people of Massachusetts have made their choice clear, the Senate must move quickly to seat Senator-Elect Brown so that the people have their chosen representative in the Senate as soon as possible. Over the past year, independent voters in Virginia, New Jersey and now Massachusetts have made their voices heard by sending a clear message that they’ve had enough of the binge spending and government-growing agenda coming from Washington – Democrats everywhere are officially on notice.”
  • John McCain: “Scott Brown Wins! This is truly an historic achievement. I have great fondness and respect for Scott Brown and look forward to working with him in the United States Senate.” – Facebook, 1-19-10
  • Laura Bush: :George and I send our congratulations to the newest member of the United States Senate, Scott Brown of Massachusetts. At a time when Americans are faced with many challenges, the need for politicians who are prepared to stand up for what’s right is greater than ever.” – Facebook, 1-19-10
  • Lieberman Urges Party To Go Centrist After Mass. Election: “I think the message is from the voters of Massachusetts that people are anxious about the future and they’re unhappy about what’s happening in Washington,” said the Connecticut Independent Democrat, during an interview on Fox News. “They’re anxious about the economy, the continued high unemployment. They don’t like all the partisanship and deal- making here in Washington. And they’re really skeptical about the health care bill.”
    “So this is going to be a loud message from Massachusetts and whether it’s right or wrong, I was impressed again by one of the national polls I saw yesterday that said two things; one is opposition to health care reform is very large among independents, unregistered with the party voters, and Massachusetts is thought of as a blue state and it generally does vote Democratic but almost 50% of the voters are unaffiliated so they’ve got the liberty to…” – Huff Post, 1-19-10
  • Robert Gibbs: Obama ‘Surprised And Frustrated’ By Mass. Senate Race: “Obviously the president went on Sunday, lent his support for Martha Coakley talked about why he believed she would be the best senator — someone who has fought for middle-class, working-class folks in Massachusetts. We are going to have plenty of time to get in to the back and forth of all this and I prefer to do that when we know what the result is.”
    “I don’t think the president believes that… health care is a priority for him now. It will be a priority for him tomorrow.”
    “I think there is a tremendous amount of upset and anger in this country about where we are economically. That is not a surprise to us in this administration, because in many ways we are here because of that upset.” – Huff Post, 1-19-10

HISTORIANS & ANALYSTS’ COMMENTS

  • Thomas Whalen: Experts: Race aftermath will sink Attorney General, buoy Scott Brown: “This is the coveted prize – the pelt of Ted Kennedy’s seat,” said Thomas Whalen, a Boston University political historian. “There’ll be speculation that the 2012 Republican ticket will be (Sarah) Palin-Brown,” Whalen said. – Boston Herald, 1-19-10
  • Diane Ravitch Historian of education, NYU and Brookings: The Massachusetts race was about the Obama health care program. Voters in Massachusetts already have health care, so they didn’t want to be taxed for a new program that had no impact on them.
    I am a reasonably intelligent citizen. I read the newspapers every day. I am inclined to support health care for all Americans. But I have no idea what is in the President’s health care plan. No one has tried to explain it. Others must be as confused as I am.
    I do not like the fact that the President and the Democratic party want to ram through a major piece of legislation that many Americans don’t understand (like me) and oppose (like a majority).
    Massachusetts was a bellwether. The President should pay attention. – Politico, 1-19-10
  • Julian E. Zelizer Professor of History and Public Affairs, Princeton: Somewhere Senator Kennedy is shedding a tear. The symbolic blow of the seat of a liberal icon going from blue to red is huge. But much more important the practical impact—of losing 60 votes in the Senate after a year during which even that did not assure a smooth legislative terrain–is even greater. President Obama will have to work some magic if he wants to move all the bills—including health care—that have been stalled in the Senate. What is worse for Democrats is that this is not even the midterms. Those are just around the corner. – Politico, 1-19-10
  • >Mary Frances Berry Professor of American Social Thought and History, U. Penn.: The Democratic Party should be embarrassed by Scott Brown’s win in Massachusetts. Blaming Coakley is easy but unhelpful. Essentially, the Democrats in Congress and the President have been too clever by half. On health care reform, they have made too many compromises and end up with no committed group willing to fight for their weakly held beliefs. It is better to have some one group willing to fight for you than everyone willing to watch you succeed or fail. The left is disaffected by the lack of a public option and the abortion compromises. The right and center are upset by the lack of cost controls and the deal-making to buy off senators one by one. The unemployment numbers and the bail-outs and the deficit create consternation in all quarters. Moving quickly to ram health care reform through is attractive in overall policy terms but some Democrats have to feel politically imperiled. – Politico, 1-19-10
  • A revolution begins: It was – for the second time in Massachusetts history – the shot heard round the world, or at the very least from coast to coast and surely in the halls of Congress. Scott Brown won this one fair and square with his down-to-earth charm, his hard work and his forthright position on issues – and with the help of that much-disparaged by the opposition pick-up truck. But it is also true that Brown was the right candidate at the right time with the right message. And it’s that message that the White House and congressional Democrats can no longer ignore…. – Boston Herald, 1-20-10
  • You made the call! Democrats hear an overdue message: Congratulations, you did it!
    It wasn’t Scott Brown, or Martha Coakley or even Dick Cheney’s Vote-Stealing-And-Weather-Control Machine. It was you. You won this election.
    Not to take anything away from Sen.-elect Brown (the phrase just rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?), or to lessen the value of those 200,000 miles he put on the Truck Heard ‘Round The World. He has real political talent, and he’s going to need it to survive 2012 with Barack Obama at the top of the Democratic ticket. But yesterday’s once-in-a-generation, never-saw-it-coming, dance-in-the-streets victory for democracy is all yours…. – Boston Herald, 1-20-10
  • JON KELLER: The Backlash Is Coming! The Backlash Is Coming! People in Massachusetts think they’re at the leading edge of politics. That’s not good news for Democrats: With characteristic hubris, people in this state like to think they’ve been at the leading edge of American politics since the “shot heard ’round the world” in 1775. And in the past few years, we’ve given the nation a preview of Barack Obama’s presidential campaign with Deval Patrick’s successful 2006 bid for governor; provided a critical boost for Mr. Obama’s candidacy in the form of an endorsement by Edward Kennedy; and enacted a health-care law that is a template for ObamaCare. But hubris has yielded to shock here at the possibility that the next political trend the Bay State might foreshadow is a voter backlash against the Democratic Party…. – WSJ, 1-20-10
  • Analysis: GOP win forces review of Obama’s mandate: The stunning Republican victory in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate race will force Democrats to fundamentally rethink the meaning of Barack Obama’s election to the presidency, especially the notion that Americans want more government help in matters such as obtaining health insurance.
    Scott Brown’s win in a liberal state will do more than vastly complicate Obama’s bid to overhaul the U.S. health care system and pass climate-change legislation. It will prompt politicians of every stripe to redouble their efforts to understand voters’ anger and desires ahead of the November elections for Congress, governorships and state legislatures.
    Many Americans saw the 2008 election as a repudiation of George W. Bush’s presidency, with Obama as the fresh new leader promising to harness the government to expand health coverage, discipline banks and stimulate the moribund economy.
    But Brown’s victory over Democrat Martha Coakley suggests that many voters still harbor suspicions or outright resentment of the federal government, no matter who’s in charge… – AP, 1-19-10
  • ADAM NAGOURNEY: News Analysis A Year Later, Voters Send a Different Message: By Special elections come and go. And the party that wins the White House one year ordinarily loses seats in the next Congressional election that comes along. But what happened in Massachusetts on Tuesday was no ordinary special election. Scott Brown, a Republican state senator for only five years, shocked and arguably humiliated the White House and the Democratic Party establishment by defeating Martha Coakley in the race for a United States Senate seat. He did it one day short of a year after President Obama stood on the steps of the United States Capitol, looking across a mass of faces that celebrated the potential of his presidency…. – NYT, 1-19-10
  • News Analysis: Voter anger caught fire in final days: Voter anxiety and resentment, building for months in a troubled economy, exploded like a match on dry kindling in the final days of the special election for US Senate. In arguably the most liberal state in the nation, a Republican – and a conservative one at that – won and will crash the Bay State’s all-Democratic delegation with a mandate to kill the health care overhaul pending in Congress. It is difficult to overstate the significance of Scott Brown’s victory because so much was at stake. From the agenda of President Obama and the legacy of the late Edward M. Kennedy to a referendum on the Democratic monopolies of power on Capitol and Beacon hills, voters in a lopsidedly Democratic state flooded the polls on a dreary winter day to turn conventional wisdom on its head…. – Boston Globe, 1-19-10
  • LANNY J. DAVIS: Blame the Left for Massachusetts Democrats should be willing to seek common-ground reforms: Liberal Democrats might attempt to spin the shocking victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts by claiming that the loss was a result of a poor campaign by Martha Coakley. Would that it were so. This was a defeat not of the messenger, but of the message—and the sooner progressive Democrats face up to that fact, the better. It’s the substance, stupid! – WSJ, 1-19-10
  • DAVID W. BRADY, DANIEL P. KESSLER AND DOUGLAS RIVERS: Health Care Is Hurting Democrats New polling data show that voters know exactly where candidates stand: The majority party normally loses seats in midterm elections, but the Republican resurgence of recent months is more than a conventional midterm rebound. How can a little known Republican run a competitive Senate campaign in Massachusetts? The culprit is the unpopularity of health reform, and it means that Democrats will face even worse problems later this year in less liberal places than Massachusetts…. – WSJ, 1-19-10
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History Buzz August 24 & 30, 2009: Historians Involved in the Health Care Reform Debate

POLITICAL HIGHLIGHTS:

BIGGEST NEWS STORIES:

  • It was Huckabee vs. Douglas Brinkley on O’Reilly Show about Health Care Reform: Well, it’s never a mistake for a Democratic president to raise the specter of FDR and Kennedy for his base. I think the Lyndon Johnson comments gets more to the crux of the difficulty the president’s having.
    As you know, the Great Society is what Ronald Reagan warned against. In fact, I edited “Reagan’s Diaries,” and he wrote one passage that said I voted four times for FDR and the New Deal, but I’m trying to roll back the Great Society. Medicaid and Medicare came through Lyndon Johnson, but so did a lot of other government programs that people, particularly conservatives, have been trying to role back some of the wealthier state programs. So there’s a suspicion on the American people that’s been really part of entire history, but we’ve — since 1980 in the Reagan revolution, of too much government.
    And so I think the problem this summer for President Obama is that he’s pushing health care after all that economic stimulus money, and there’s kind of a woe factor going on, saying this might be too much, too fast, too expensive…. – Fox News rush transcript (8-24-09)
  • Historian Betsy McCaughey battles with Jon Stewart over the Obama Health Care bill – Jon Stewart The Daily Show (8-17-09)
  • Betsy McCaughey: The historian behind the claim that Obama’s in favor of death panels – Historian Joshua Brown, illustrator, at his website, Life During Wartime (8-15-09)

THIS WEEK IN HISTORY:

IN THE NEWS:

OP-EDs & BLOGS:

REVIEWS & FIRST CHAPTERS:

    • Edward M. Kennedy: Books of The Times Kennedy’s Rough Waters and Still Harbors TRUE COMPASS A Memoir NYT, 9-4-09
    • Kennedy Memoir Doesn’t Ignore Lows – NYT, 9-3-09
    • Richard Slotkin: Treacherous Ground NO QUARTER The Battle of the Crater, 1864 NYT, 8-30-09
    • Richard Slotkin: NO QUARTER The Battle of the Crater, 1864, Excerpt – NYT, 8-30-09
    • J. Randy Taraborrelli: Such a Sad, Sad Story THE SECRET LIFE OF MARILYN MONROE WaPo, 8-30-09
    • Arthur Goldwag: POPULAR CULTURE Hearsay, You Say? CULTS, CONSPIRACIES AND SECRET SOCIETIES The Straight Scoop on Freemasons, The Illuminati, Skull and Bones, Black Helicopters, The New World Order, and many, many more – WaPo, 8-30-09
    • Erin Arvedlund, Andrew Kirtzman, Jerry Oppenheimer: Was Bernie Madoff an Evil Genius? That’s Just Half Right. TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE The Rise and Fall of Bernie Madoff, BETRAYAL The Life and Lies of Bernie Madoff, MADOFF WITH THE MONEY WaPo, 8-30-09
    • Rich Cohen: An Imagined Nation ISRAEL IS REAL WaPo, 8-30-09
    • Janet Soskice: RELIGION A Sister Act of Perseverance THE SISTERS OF SINAI How Two Lady Adventurers Discovered the Hidden Gospels WaPo, 8-30-09
    • Josh Neufeld: Graphic Memories of Katrina’s Ordeal A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge NYT, 8-23-09
    • Josh Neufeld: A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge NYT, 8-23-09
    • Tristram Hunt: Fox Hunter, Party Animal, Leftist Warrior MARX’S GENERAL The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels NYT, 8-19-09
    • Tristram Hunt: MARX’S GENERAL The Revolutionary Life of Friedrich Engels, Excerpt – NYT, 8-19-09
    • Adrian Goldsworthy: HISTORY Rome Wasn’t Destroyed in a Day Either HOW ROME FELL Death of a Superpower WaPo, 8-23-09
    • Adrian Goldsworthy: HOW ROME FELL Death of a Superpower, Excerpt – WaPo, 8-23-09
    • Ilaria Dagnini Brey: WORLD WAR II Guardians of History THE VENUS FIXERS The Remarkable Story of the Allied Soldiers Who Saved Italy’s Art During World War II – WaPo, 8-23-09
    • Peter C. Mancall: EXPLORATION Mutiny on the Hudson FATAL JOURNEY The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson — A Tale of Mutiny and Murder in the Arctic – WaPo, 8-23-09
    • Marc Wortman: CIVIL WAR The Work of Sherman THE BONFIRE The Siege and Burning of Atlanta WaPo, 8-23-09
    • Historian Bonnie J. Morris celebrates women’s studies in her latest book Revenge of the Women’s Studies Professor Michelle Finn writing at the website of H-Women (8-1-09)

    PROFILED & FEATURED:

    QUOTED:

    • CBS Historian Douglas Brinkley calls Ted Kennedy A ‘Martyr’ for ObamaCare: During the 2:00AM ET hour of CBS’s Up to the Minute on Wednesday, shortly after news broke of Senator Ted Kenney’s death, historian Douglas Brinkley exclaimed the Massachusetts Democrat was: “…going to be a – a martyr because of all that he’s done and he very well might help, in death, Obama get his health care plan.” MRC Newsbusters (Conservative Media Watchdog) (8-26-09)

    INTERVIEWED:

    HONORED, AWARDED &APPOINTED:

    SPOTTED:

    EVENTS CALENDAR:

    • Inaugural Semester-long seminar on Constitutional History offered at N-Y Historical Society this fall: Lincoln’s Constitution will be taught at the New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, on Thursday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The seminar will be held on September 17 and 24 and on October 1, 15, 22, and 29, 2009. NYHS Press Release (7-20-09)

    ON TV:

    • BBC to launch new series on history of Christianity – Religious Intelligence, 6-19-09
    • C-SPAN2: BOOK TV Weekend Schedule
    • PBS History Detectives: Mondays at 9pm
    • History Channel: Weekly Schedule
    • History Channel: “Titanic’s Final Moments: Missing Pieces” – Friday, September 4, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Cities Of The Underworld: Underground Apocalypse” – Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 500 Years Later” – Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 5pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Doomsday 2012: The End of Days” – Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Next Nostradamus” – Saturday, September 5, 2009 at 10pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 2012” – Sunday, September 6, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Manson” – Monday, September 7, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Last Stand of The 300” – Tuesday, September 8, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Nostradamus: 2012” – Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 2pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Next Nostradamus” – Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 4pm ET/PT
    • History Channel: “Decoding The Past: Mayan Doomsday Prophecy” – Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at 8pm ET/PT

    BEST SELLERS (NYT):

      NYT Non-Fiction Best Sellers List – September 6, 2009

    • #1 – Michelle Malkin: CULTURE OF CORRUPTION
    • #2 – Ronald Kessler: IN THE PRESIDENT’S SECRET SERVICE
    • #9 – Douglas Brinkley: THE WILDERNESS WARRIOR
    • #18 – C. David Heymann: BOBBY AND JACKIE
    • #22 – Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson: THE BATTLE FOR AMERICA, 2008
    • #33 – Doug Stanton: HORSE SOLDIERS

    COMING SOON BOOKS:

    • Richard C. Hoagland: Dark Mission: The Secret History of NASA (Revised), September 1, 2009
    • Douglas Hunter: Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage That Redrew the Map of the New World, September 1, 2009
    • Noah Andre Trudeau: Robert E. Lee: Lessons in Leadership, September 1, 2009
    • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Paperback), September 8, 2009
    • Jon Krakauer: Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman, September 15, 2009
    • Dean C. Jessee (Editor): The Joseph Smith Papers: Revelations and Translations, Volume 1: Manuscript Revelation Books, September 2009
    • James Patterson: The Murder of King Tut: The Plot to Kill the Child King – A Nonfiction Thriller, September 28, 2009
    • Timothy Egan: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America, October 19, 2009
    • Gil Troy, Vincent J. Cannato, eds.: Living in the Eighties, October 23, 2009
    • L. Fletcher Prouty: JFK: The CIA, Vietnam, and the Plot to Assassinate John F. Kennedy, (Paperback), November 1, 2009
    • Edward Kritzler: Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean: How a Generation of Swashbuckling Jews Carved Out an Empire in the New World in Their Quest for Treasure, Religious Freedom–and Revenge, (Paperback), November 3, 2009
    • Anthony Haden-guest: Last Party: Studio 54, Disco, and the Culture of the Night (Paperback), December 8, 2009

    DEPARTED:

    Remembering Senator Edward (Ted) M. Kennedy, 1932-2009

    EDWARD M KENNEDY, 1932-2009

    Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention even though he wasn't anywhere near 100 percent.

    Appleton/News Sen. Ted Kennedy spoke at the 2008 Democratic National Convention even though he wasn’t anywhere near 100 percent.

    OBITUARIES….

    • Edward M. Kennedy: Senator From 1962-2009: Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.), one of the most powerful and influential senators in American history, died after battling a brain tumor. Kennedy was the vibrant symbol of American liberalism in an era of conservative ascendance. – WaPo
    • Edward M. Kennedy, Senate Stalwart, Is Dead at 77: Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a son of one of the most storied families in American politics, a man who knew acclaim and tragedy in near-equal measure and who will be remembered as one of the most effective lawmakers in the history of the Senate, died late Tuesday night. He was 77…. – NYT, 8-26-09
    • Edward M. Kennedy Left Major Imprint on Life in D.C.: At 3 p.m. Wednesday, students and teachers gathered around the flagpole outside Brent Elementary School on Capitol Hill to remember one of their own…. – WaPo, 8-27-09
    • HNN Hot Topics: Edward Kennedy’s Life and LegacyHNN
    • A nation reacts to the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy…Detroit Free Press, 8-27-09
    • Residents at Hyannis Port mourn death of their neighbor, Ted Kennedy: Flags flew at half-mast and flowers were left outside the Kennedy compound Wednesday morning as Hyannis Port neighbors mourned the death of Sen. Edward Kennedy…. – NY Daily News, 8-26-09
    • Sen Edward Kennedy dies: Kennedy was key part of Obama’s agenda and early ambitions: Senator’s death leaves president without early ally… Chicago Tribune, 8-27-09
    • For Obama, Kennedy’s illness meant a missed chance for a mentor: Senator Edward Kennedy’s brain cancer dashed hopes he would help propel President Barack Obama’s bold agenda…. – LAT, 8-27-09

    The President at Senator Kennedy's funeral

    (President Barack Obama attends the funeral mass for Senator Edward Kennedy at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston, Massachusetts, Saturday, Aug. 29, 2009. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)

    • The Kennedy Funeral: The funeral for Senator Edward M. Kennedy begins at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help just outside Boston. The rain outside, and the wet streets, offer up a symbolism often remarked upon at dampened funerals as a renewal of life. Or that the heavens are weeping…. – NYT, 8-29-09
    • List of dignitaries attending Kennedy’s funeral SaturdayBoston Globe, 8-29-09
    • US Capitol applauds Kennedy one last time: Thousands gathered outside the US Capitol broke into loud applause Saturday as Edward Kennedy’s funeral procession halted briefly next to the building on the last leg of the senator’s final journey. In unprecedented scenes at the nation’s top assembly, thousands of other ordinary by-passers had gathered solemnly on the lawns and roadsides nearby to bid farewell to Kennedy, who died late Tuesday from brain cancer aged 77. Waving flags and cheering, they came to honor the last of a band of brothers who shaped the politics of a nation…. – AFP, 8-29-09
    • Kennedy’s Papal Correspondence and a Spontaneous Sing-Along: At the Capitol Despite the heat, people started gathering hours before the funeral procession’s arrival. According to CNN, United States Park Police estimated that 1,000 people had gathered on the Capitol steps and 4,000 on the grounds at around 5:45 on Saturday evening, hoping to catch a glimpse of the hearse during its brief stop…. – NYT, 8-29-09
    • BURIAL AT ARLINGTON ‘We Loved This Kind And Tender Hero’ A Day of Mourning, Celebration Edward M. Kennedy Funeral Service: Thousands of Kennedy admirers stood outside Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in Boston while family, colleagues and friends filled the church to say final goodbyes to the senator.
      On the day he was carried to his final resting place, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy was remembered Saturday as a legislator of almost unequalled prowess, a political force who left a lasting imprint on the country and a husband, father and patriarch whose private acts of love and devotion helped his star-crossed family endure tragedy and misfortune…. – WaPo, 8-29-09
    • Sen. Ted Kennedy spent his life looking out for others: Edward Kennedy came to the last rousing political speech of his life from a Denver hospital, already being treated for the brain cancer that finally took him last week. On top of that, Kennedy showed up for last year’s Democratic convention suffering from what would be diagnosed as kidney stones. So the great health care advocate needed more health care of his own, right before he stood up for Barack Obama…. – NY Daily News, 8-31-09
    • An icon, for better or worse: In the spring of 1970, months after Mary Jo Kopechne died in Ted Kennedy’s car at Chappaquiddick, graphic designer George Lois produced an Esquire magazine cover depicting the senator in a Santa Claus hat, the same innocent headgear Lois had used seven years earlier to ironically crown Sonny Liston, the boxer whom most of middle-class America saw as an unapologetic thug. Lois said he returned to the idea for Kennedy to invoke “the bad-guy/good-guy theme at a time when he was being vilified.” Not long after Esquire’s June 1970 issue, featuring an article entitled “Reshaping Teddy’s Image,” hit newsstands, Lois encountered Kennedy on a Manhattan street, uncertain about the reaction he could expect. “I ran into him,” Lois recalled this week, “and he said: ‘I’m better-looking than that Sonny Liston!'”… – Boston Globe, 9-01-09
    • Kennedy’s Closest Confidante, in Politics and LifeNYT, 8-29-09
    • Vicki Reggie Kennedy: lawyer, widow, next U.S. senator from Massachusetts?: Time Magazine has called her “The Woman Who Saved Ted.” Now, though she has said she is not interested, pressure is mounting on Victoria Reggie Kennedy to save his agenda — serving as interim senator from Massachusetts until January when a special election is planned to fill the seat held by her husband, the late Edward Kennedy…. – LAT, 8-31-09
    • Fame didn’t separate Kennedy from little guy: The world remembers Sen. Edward Kennedy for his passionate liberalism, legislative skill and stewardship of a political dynasty.
      Kevin Larson recalls a McDonald’s lunch. A decade ago, Kennedy hosted Larson’s 6- and 4-year-old sons to thank them for returning a lost diamond ring they had found at a playground. Larson remembers his boys bounding past a reception area filled with important people in suits to McDonald’s meals Kennedy’s staff had waiting for them in his office. The graciousness Kennedy showed his family that day was repeated in the coming years in notes and Christmas cards. “He never forgot the little guy,” said Larson, who lives in the Boston suburb of Malden…. – AP, 8-27-09
    • Edward Kennedy memoir already a best-seller: Edward Kennedy was buried Saturday, but his impact will surely linger in the words contained in his memoir, “True Compass.” The book, which will be released Sept. 14, already has become Amazon’s best-selling biography. “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy” by Peter S. Canellos was also in the Top 10 in that category. Jonathan Karp, editor-in-chief of Twelve, which is publishing the book, said in an open letter that “Kennedy has been keeping a personal journal through nearly 50 years of his public life, beginning with John F. Kennedy’s campaign for president in 1960. Five years ago, he began an oral history project at the Miller Center at the University of Virginia, where he began to address all aspects of his life – his family, his career in the Senate, and his view of the historic events of our time.” – Baltimore Sun, 8-31-09
    • National Portrait Gallery Displays Warhol’s Kennedy Portrait: Visitors to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery can pay their respects to Edward Kennedy by viewing a portrait by Andy Warhol. Made as a campaign fundraiser for the late Massachusetts senator’s 1980 presidential campaign, the silkscreened work features subtle red and blue lines meant to mimic the American flag. Kennedy lost the Democratic nomination to Jimmy Carter, whom Warhol had painted only a few years before. Kennedy died August 25 at the age of 77. – Art Info, 8-31-09
    • Edward Kennedy books: Sad to hear about Edward Kennedy’s death. For Baby Boomers, the Kennedy family held a special place, reflecting both the hope — and tragedy — of our youth. Recalling the 1960’s, when two of his brothers were felled by assassins’ bullets, the then-America seems an almost unbelievable place. Of course, young Teddy had his own demon: the Chappaquiddick incident that left a young woman dead. But he put together a remarkable political career as the only surviving brother…. – Baltimore Sun, 8-31-09
    • Shriver: Uncle’s death may aid health care push: Maria Shriver says the death of her uncle Sen. Edward Kennedy could provide momentum to the senator’s lifetime effort to overhaul the nation’s health care system…. – AP, 8-29-09

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    Pool photograph by Brian Snyder Former President Bill Clinton, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former president George W. Bush and his wife Laura, President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and his wife Jill, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter wait for the services to begin.

    • PRESIDENT OBAMA, on Senator Edward M. Kennedy: “His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just — including myself.”
    • Vice President Joe Biden, quoted at WashingtonPost.com: The unique thing about Teddy was it was never about him. It was always about you. … People I admire, great women and men, at the end of the day gets down to being about them. With Teddy, it was never about him.
    • Kennedy family statement: Veteran US Senator Edward Kennedy has died at the age of 77 after suffering a brain tumour diagnosed in 2008. The announcement came in a short statement from his family:
      Edward M Kennedy – the husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle we loved so deeply – died late Tuesday night at home in Hyannis Port [Massachusetts].
      We’ve lost the irreplaceable centre of our family and joyous light in our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism, and perseverance will live on in our hearts forever.
      We thank everyone who gave him care and support over this last year, and everyone who stood with him for so many years in his tireless march for progress toward justice, fairness and opportunity for all.
      He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it. He always believed that our best days were still ahead, but it’s hard to imagine any of them without him.
    • Obama Offers Tribute to ‘a Defender of a Dream’: “His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. His extraordinary work lives on,” Mr. Obama said, speaking from the Blue Heron Farm in the town of Chilmark. “For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was a defender of a dream.”… “His fight has given us the opportunity that was denied us when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us,” Mr. Obama said, “the blessing of time to say thank you and goodbye.” – NYT, 8-27-09
    • Grandchildren give thanks to Kennedy, ‘best in the world’: “When most people of Ted Kennedy, they think about the man who changed the lives of millions of people by fighting for a better health care. When I about him, vibrant memories of sailing, laughing, Thanksgiving dinner, talking on the front porch and playing with Splash come to mind,” Kiley Kennedy said. “To me, all the things he has done to change the world are just icing on my grandpa cake of a truly miraculous person.”… – NECN, 8-29-09
    • Nancy Reagan remembers Kennedy, fondly: “Both of them respected one another. And it was a very good friendship. It’s what there should be more of today,” Reagan’s widow, Nancy, said Wednesday night on her son Ron’s radio show on Air America. “You can get so much done if you work together,” she added.
      Ron Reagan asked whether the president and senator shared a bond in some way because Reagan narrowly escaped assassination, and Kennedy’s two older brothers were killed. “Maybe there was,” Nancy Reagan replied. She said she and Kennedy worked together for stem cell research, and they did not talk about their political disagreements. “I’ll miss him,” she said of “Teddy,” who he said stayed in touch long past the 2004 death of her husband, with calls on her birthday and notes and flowers on other special events…. – Boston Globe, 8-27-09
    • Biden Offers Personal Memories of Kennedy: “Don’t you find it remarkable that one of the most partisan liberal men in the last century, serving in the Senate, has so many of his foes embrace him?” Mr. Biden said. “Because they know he made them bigger. He made them more graceful, by the way in which he conducted himself.”…
      “I just hope we remember how he treated other people, and how he made other people look at themselves and look at one another,” Mr. Biden said. “That’ll be the truly fundamentally unifying legacy of Teddy Kennedy’s life, if that happens. And it will for a while, at least in the Senate.” – NYT, 8-26-09
    • Obama Delivers Muted Eulogy for Friend and Supporter: President Obama said goodbye Saturday to his friend and mentor Edward M. Kennedy, offering a studious profile of a man whom he and much of the country had come to admire and respect….
      Obama said Americans are left with one image of Kennedy: “the image of a man on a boat; white mane tousled; smiling broadly as he sails into the wind, ready for what storms may come, carrying on toward some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon.” – WaPo, 8-29-09
    • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT EULOGY FOR SENATOR EDWARD M. KENNEDY Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica Roxbury, Massachusetts: Ted Kennedy has gone home now, guided by his faith and by the light of those that he has loved and lost. At last he is with them once more, leaving those of us who grieve his passing with the memories he gave, the good that he did, the dream he kept alive, and a single, enduring image — the image of a man on a boat, white mane tousled, smiling broadly as he sails into the wind, ready for whatever storms may come, carrying on toward some new and wondrous place just beyond the horizon. May God bless Ted Kennedy, and may he rest in eternal peace. – WH, 8-29-09

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    • Brown calls Sen. Kennedy ‘great internationalist’: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has written that Sen. Edward Kennedy was “a great internationalist” who inspired social progress around the world…. He says “we owe a great debt to the vision and courage of Kennedy,” who died Tuesday at age 77…. – AP, 8-28-09
    • Rep. Kennedy: Dad’s illness has united family: Rep. Patrick Kennedy has found something of a blessing in the curse of cancer afflicting his father: The family has been able to spend much more time with the stricken senator. “It’s been a chance for us to bond and be together and share a special time together that we would never have had together had he been taken from us,” Kennedy, D-R.I., said of his dad, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. “That’s a big gift. (It) let us have the chance to tell him how much we love him. And him to be there to hear it.” – AP, 8-13-09

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    • Douglas Brinkley on Ted Kennedy’s Life: ‘He Did a Kind of a Redemptive Work’: “Well, for starters, Ted Kennedy was Catholic, and a big part of Catholicism is forgiveness. It’s the confession. He’s asked to be forgiven by people. He did a kind of a redemptive work throughout his whole career. He would fall off the wagon. He had a bit of a drinking problem. There was a carousing issue that came up. But he constantly said, I can do better. He asked the public directly, a number of times, that these are my own personal shortcomings, and I’m working on it.” News Busters, 8-27-09
    • JAY WINIK “Kennedy for the Ages Fierce partisanship is a proud senatorial tradition”: Over the course of a long and distinguished career, Sen. Edward Kennedy, who died Tuesday at the age of 77, was like a cat with nine lives who used every one of them. He came from a family touched by greatness, even as it was riddled with unfathomable tragedy. He was the torchbearer for liberalism, even when it was a fading voice on the political scene. If his life was the stuff of rich biography—his memoir, for which he was reportedly paid $8 million, is due out in just over two weeks—the question remains: What will history think of him? Despite all the encomiums, it is too early to tell…. – WSJ, 8-27-09
    • Gil Troy “Mishpacha Ted Kennedy—friend of Israel, champion of social justice, advocate for Soviet Jews—became part of our family: “Kennedy, although not of the World War II generation exactly, was from the Hubert Humphrey-Alan Cranston school of liberals who were passionately pro-Israel, partially because the World War II vets among them had witnessed the Holocaust,” Gil Troy, a professor of history at McGill University and a visiting scholar at the Bipartisan Policy Center, said by email yesterday. “Kennedy’s consistent support for Israel, along with his support for Soviet Jewry were givens, not in the sense of being taken for granted, but in the sense of being so central to his identity and worldview, it was assumed. Moreover, there was something very healing, very redemptive, for all concerned that Ted Kennedy, the son of that old anti-Semite Joe Kennedy, was such a good friend of the Jews. I don’t know of Ted discussing his father in that context, but Jews were certainly aware of the generational shift—and were grateful.” – Tablet, 8-27-09
    • Doris Kearns Goodwin: Kennedy Was ‘Strong In The Broken Places’: Well, I’ve known him for probably over 35 years — my husband, of course, worked in the White House with President Kennedy; was with Bobby when he died; and then was very close to Teddy Kennedy, who was at our wedding. We’ve spent vacations with him.
      You know, I think the extraordinary thing about him when you think of that long life is the way it’s really hit individual people in their daily goings-about.
      There’s a real personal bond that you can feel, even out here today at the Kennedy Library. You know, so many of those people who also loved Jack and Bobby, but probably never saw him, only saw either one of them through the power of television.
      A lot of these people here today have actually seen Teddy, they’ve had some dealings with him, or the legislation that he sponsored has affected them — giving them children’s health insurance; helping to get the right to vote; letting them take family and medical leave when something happened in the family; or people who are gay knowing that he helped with them; disabilities, helping with those rights.
      In a certain sense, the senator, it showed, could have more power in some ways, than presidents in making different changes in people’s daily lives, and you feel that in the emotion of these people today….. – wbur.org (NPR Boston), 8-28-09

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