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Will Ted Kennedy Be Spinning in his Grave on Tuesday?

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Consider the irony. If Scott Brown, the Republican, defeats Martha Coakley, the Democrat, in the Massachusetts senatorial election Tuesday, Ted Kennedy's successor will probably kill healthcare reform, a cause that Kennedy spent his entire political career fighting for.

Right now, polls are mixed. Some say Coakley is ahead of Brown by 8 points, some say that Brown is ahead by 2 points, some say it's a dead heat.

With registered Democrats at a 3 to 1 advantage over registered Republicans, it seems impossible that there would be that much crossover. Can Democrats in Massachusetts really be that displeased with Obama, which is really what this election is all about.

Historically, the state has mostly elected Democratic Senators, but voters have often voted in Republican governors.

In his youth, Brown posed nude for Cosmopolitan magazine, but Massachusetts is a liberal state and voters seem to be unrattled by that youthful indiscretion. Some analysts claim that Coakley has simply run a terrible campaign.

Yet Brown is as far right as Kennedy was far left.

It could very well end up being one of the saddest ironies in American political history.

One can only hope that Massachusetts voters will support Kennedy's lifelong cause and elect Martha Coakley.

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