Will Senate race deliver a Massachusetts miracle? 

Scott Brown is an impressive candidate — intelligent, experienced, good-humored and handsome.

Brown’s record of public service is distinguished as well. Not only is he in his third term as a state senator, he served three terms before that as a state representative. More impressive than even that, however, is his service in uniform.

As his Web site, www.brownforussenate.com puts it: “Senator Brown is a proud member of the Massachusetts National Guard, where he has served for nearly three decades and currently holds the rank of Lt. Colonel in the Judge Advocate Generals (JAG) Corps.”

There are only three things wrong with Sen. Scott Brown.

He is a die-hard Boston Red Sox fan.

He is a die-hard New England Patriots fan.

And he is a Republican running for the Senate in Massachusetts. This is the special election to fill the seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy, and the vote is on Jan. 19.

In any other state this year, Brown would be ahead of his opponent, Democratic Rep. Martha Coakley, a conventional Bay State liberal who supports the failed stimulus bill, the takeover of health care and every other big government push of Team Obama.

In any other year in this state, Brown would be behind by 30 points.

But he is within single digits, and closing — held back only by a lack of funds and the stark reality of the political demographics of the Commonwealth.

When Brown appeared on my radio show this week, he was upbeat and energized by an enormous populist surge across Massachusetts where Obamacare is every bit as disliked as it is everywhere else in the United States.

Massachusetts already has universal care, thanks to the initiative sponsored by then-Gov. Mitt Romney a few years back, so all of the massive new taxes in the federal takeover will buy Massachusetts citizens zip, even as seniors get hammered by the huge cuts to Medicare. If Brown wins, Obamacare is back to the drawing boards, which is tempting many Bay State voters to take a hard look at Brown.

When Romney appeared on my show last week to support Brown’s push, he noted that Republicans can indeed win in Massachusetts as he did, by combining the conservative base in the state with the old Yankee temperament and sound fiscal policies. William Weld almost beat John Kerry a few years ago in a Senate race, and Romney himself gave Teddy a scare in 1994.

Still, the built-in partisan edge for any Democrat is enormous, even one with the barely noticeable political pulse of Coakley, who is running as an assumption, not a candidate. If Brown is close when the smoke clears on Jan. 20, still another message will have been sent to D.C. that an enormous voter revolt is underway, fueled by deep disgust with the jam-downs and takeovers pushed by the left wing elites controlling the Democratic Party.

If Brown were actually to win, it would be among the most significant votes ever registered in a Senate race, a statement of “Stop!” that not even House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could spin.

Which is why hundreds of thousands of dollars in $50 and $100 contributions have been flowing into Brown’s Web site for the past two weeks from across the country — a cash infusion which, if it continues these next couple of days, will allow him to be on television during the crucial weekend ahead.

Massachusetts Democrats and Independents have it in their power to stop Obamacare, and then return the seat to Democratic hands when the regular election is held, perhaps even to someone from the Kennedy family political trust.

In this very wired age, a strategic vote of that sort is not only possible, it almost certainly will occur in large numbers as old school Democrats and especially union members, angered by the left-wing elites’ refusal to listen to their organizations’ opposition to the tax on so-called “Cadillac health plans,” decide to send a message.

Brown put himself in a position to win by running a near-perfect campaign. Now the Bay State voters have a real choice with enormous implications. It is the first vote of a crucial year in American history, and for the first time in a long time, Massachusetts has people guessing what it will do.

Examiner columnist Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com.


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Hugh Hewitt is a law professor at Chapman University Law School and a nationally syndicated radio talk show host who blogs daily at HughHewitt.com.

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