Back in August of 2010, the Election Defense Alliance came out with a troubling study of Scott Brown’s victory (if that is what it was) in the race to fill Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat the previous January. The piece, by Jonathan Simon, included this observation:
“Where votes were observably counted by hand, the Democrat Martha Coakley defeated the Republican Scott Brown by a margin of 2.8%; where votes were counted unobservably and secretly by machine, Brown defeated Coakley by a margin of 5.2%.”
And aside from that anomaly—which, as usual, went wholly unreported by the corporate and progressive press—there was much else about that race that ought to worry anyone who cares about democracy:
Those now hoping that Elizabeth Warren will take Brown’s place in the Senate would do well to pay attention.
By Ernest A. Canning on 9/18/2011 11:11am
Transparency Champ Warren to Run for U.S. Senate – But Will the Election Tabulation be Transparent?
Guest blogged by Ernest A. Canning
“One of the great questions of our time is whether the American people, through Congress, will control the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street, or whether Wall Street will continue to wreak havoc on our economy and the lives of working families.”
– Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) 9/16/11
Sanders’ question is indeed one of the “great” ones for our time. But, as Yoda said, “there is another.”
If there was ever a candidate perfectly suited to expose the lie that is to be found in the pseudo-populism of the mega-billionaire Koch brothers funded and controlled ‘Tea Party’ that helped Scott Brown (R-MA) secure a reported upset win in the 2010 special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of the late Edward “Ted” Kennedy (D-MA), it would be Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat.