Belmont Club

"Oh my gosh"

A funereal atmosphere at MSNBC.

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It ain’t over till it’s over. But assuming that Scott Brown wins, how did the Coakley machine get it so wrong? Why is it sometimes inadvisable, in the view of some of the talk show guests, to have special elections? A long-faced Chris Matthews believes that in retrospect “it was a perfect storm” for Coakley. The tamping down of expectations even over the health care bill is evident and the metaphors suggest themselves, but whether the right expression is “a death in the family” or “whistling past the graveyard” is open to debate.

Well, victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.

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