That is the stupidest thing I’ve been asked in a long time. That is insane, the suggestion could only come from a demented right wing source,” erupted Representative Barney Frank (D – MA), when asked by The Washington Times about what he thought of assertions that Massachusetts Democrats would stall the certification process should Mr. Brown win. “There isn’t the slightest possibility of it happening—a way of doing it. That is conspiracy theory at its most contemptible.”

Demented right wing source? Try the AP:

BOSTON (AP) – Massachusetts’s top election official says it could take weeks to certify the results of the upcoming U.S. Senate special election. That delay could let President Barack Obama preserve a key 60th vote for his health care overhaul even if the Republican who has vowed to kill it wins Democrat Edward M. Kennedy’s former seat.

 A Reid’s spokeswomen said that:

“When there is a certified winner in Massachusetts, the Senate has received appropriate papers and the vice president is available, the successor to Kennedy/Kirk will be sworn in,”

Hmmmmmmm, some wiggle room maybe for a delay?

What is interesting about Massachusetts is the sheer magnitude of what Scott Brown is doing. Only 16% of the Massachusetts delegate is registered as Republican, at least double that is registered Dem, but there are only about a dozen Republicans in public office in the state writ large! All of Massechusett’s national political positions are Dem, and the potential of the Senate seat formally occupied by Ted Kennedy going to a Dem probably has ole Teddy spinning in his grave.

Scott Brown has certainly hit a sympathetic nerve by pointing out that the Senate seat belongs to the people, not Ted Kennedy. His Dem opponent (Martha Coakley)- and the party writ large- have certainly been caught off guard by this challenge, thinking that this was essentially a shoe in for the Dems. This apparent miscalculation is born out in Coakley’s resort to rather questionable tactics, to include roughing up inconvenient reporters.

Coakley Watches

Coakley went on to say, about this event, that she wasn’t in a position to see what happened. Hmmmmmm, couldn’t see eh? I wonder if she could see Michael Meehan push, help up, and subsequently block the reporter?

Meehan, who’s Meehan? Well, according to SourceWatch.com, he is:

Michael Meehan is president of BGR Public Relations, and vice president of the firm’s parent company, BGR Holding LLC. BGR Holding is the new name for the lobbying firm formerly known as Barbour Griffith and Rogers. [1]

Meehan previously served as chief of staff to Senator Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) and communications adviser to Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.). [2] In April 2004, then-Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry hired Meehan. He had “worked for Kerry almost two decades ago and is one of a handful of longtime Kerry associates on the campaign staff. He also was Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle‘s (D-S.D.) political director.” [3]

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Meehan had been dispatched by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee to help the Coakley campaign hone its message. So, he’s a hit man, literally.

Again, as a political watcher, this has hours of entertainment. We have every reason and expectation to believe that the Dems will, in the event of a Brown victory, delay the seating in the Senate. Expect- regardless of the margin of victory, but particularly if it is close- that the Dems will challenge the results in court and further delay Brown’s seating.

ABC News’ Rick Klein may have said it best:

Did Republicans already win in Massachusetts?

Not next Tuesday’s Senate election itself, of course — few observers really think that’s winnable even now, no matter how toxic the environment for Democrats these days.

But the fact that this is a race at all — or, at least, the fact that it’s being treated like a race over the final week — is itself a victory that tells important tales for both parties. A narrative for 2010 didn’t have to wait beyond the first month of the year to get written.

The pieces are there: the Kennedy seat, the fate of the health care bill, Tea Party fervor, an anti-establishment Republican, a Democrat clinging to a lead in the bluest of states.

Democrats are being forced to spend very real resources in a place they should not, by any calculation, have to worry about it. They’re being met by resources (perhaps a more renewable variety at this stage) that Republicans never dreamed would be worth spending.

And they’re being forced to combat the very real perception that if it can happen in the Hub, it can happen in Arkansas or Nevada or Virginia, too.

For a lot of Dems, Hell may have finally frozen over…

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