Beware Overconfidence, GOP

Brown victory can galvanize Dems, warns righty blogger
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 8:46 PM CST
Scott Brown celebrates in Boston last night.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – Republican confidence is sky-high after Scott Brown’s win, but, conservative blogger Mindy Finn warns, the “victory is an enormous opportunity—for the Democrats … if we repeat the mistakes of the past in interpreting a ‘change’ election.” But yesterday’s election showed that voters “have no faith in the current leadership of both parties,” she writes—and the worst thing would be “reacting to Brown’s win by puffing up our chests and assuming that we will win every place we play.”

The phrase “If Republicans Can Win in Massachusetts, They Can Win Anywhere” is a double-edged sword, Finn writes for The Next Right. “We can, and we will probably sail to victory in some races. Yet, in the same way that an over-confident, arrogant Martha Coakley saw the race slip from her hands, like Hillary Clinton in the 2008 Democratic primary, it’s quite possible that several Republicans could suffer the same fate if we misinterpret the Brown win.”
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