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