It is extremely difficult to understand how the president
and his White House feel that the loss in Massachusetts is no reflection on his
leadership, policies or agenda.
Have they become so arrogant and out of touch? Will they
remain stubborn, blind and deaf, only to continue to ignore the will of
the people? The people personally like and respect our president, but he
needs to hear their outcry, anger and disgust with the
direction our America is quickly headed.
The following piece appears originally as an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal. — Ed.
Liberal Democrats might attempt to spin the shocking victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts by claiming the loss was the result of a poor campaign by Martha Coakley. In fact, this was a defeat not of the messenger but of the message — and the sooner progressive Democrats face up to that fact, the better.
It's the substance, stupid!
Republican Scott Brown's stunning win in Massachusetts will undoubtedly shake Democratic leaders in Washington to the core.
It should. If they choose to be in denial and hold off until the 29th of January to swear him in (which technically could happen) and try to ram through ObamaCare, ignoring the will of the people, next November's elections will be 100 times more interesting than pundits have been predicting. Bloodbath might better describe it.
Scott Brown’s insurgent campaign has shocked political insiders, the media elite and the Obama White House. But in a bigger context, it really shouldn’t have shocked anybody. This is just a further example of the political seesaw coming back in alignment.
Remember that tune from ’60s, “Spinning Wheels”? “What goes up must come down, spinning wheels go round and round.”
Repetition of the 1930s in the year 2009 is an experiment doomed to failure. Likewise repeating the ’60s. But here in the Boston region where Bob Dylan, Jack Kerouac, Jack Kennedy and Maharishi Mahesh Yogi first took root, the ’60s have never really ended. It is very much like Faulkner’s South, where the past was never really dead, it wasn’t even past.
One way or another, the past ends today in Massachusetts.
MSNBC's Ed Schultz apparently doesn't believe in this whole
"democracy" thing we've got going on here in the United States of
America. You know — where citizens get to vote for their elected officials and
the one with the most votes wins? (Please don't bore me with the "Gore won
in 2000" whining. He didn't. In fact, it was his choice to go for a manual
recount only in four cherry-picked Florida counties where he thought he
might do best, rather than a statewide recount, because he knew Bush beat him
You gotta hand it to those executives of TV stations in and around Massachusetts. Somehow they’ve managed to rake in extra millions of dollars in political ads.
Panicky Democrats and their supporters are suddenly pumping in the big bucks to rescue a Senate race that was considered such a forgone victory for their party less than a month ago.
Republicans are doing the same thing, as they smell blood in the Bay State waters and a chance to hugely embarrass the Dems where it is deep blue, a wrenching mortification considering they would be taking away the seat that was Edward Kennedy's for 47 years until his death last August.
Is this a repeat of Copenhagen?
Remember when the president traveled to the Danish capital in order to win the Olympics for his home town of Chicago, only to be humiliated when the IOC gave the Windy City the heave-ho in the first round?
The president today traveled to Boston in order to save Martha Coakley’s faltering campaign to fill the seat of Sen. Ted Kennedy.
To Massachusetts voters who may be liberal Democrats, moderate or liberal independents, and first-time voters from 2006 or 2008, the message for this Martin Luther King weekend is: Vote, vote, vote.
No one among Washington insiders has argued more aggressively and consistently than I have that the president and Democratic Congress have failed to fight hard enough for the change we believe in, the values we stand for and the mandate we thought we had won in 2006 and 2008. And no one has warned others in Washington, who have eyes that don't see and ears that don't hear, that this failure to fight will lead to substantial voter depression from too many of our previous supporters in 2010.
To Massachusetts voters who may be liberal Democrats, moderate or liberal independents, and first time voters from 2006 or 2008 message for this Martin Luther King weekend is: vote, vote, vote.
No-one among Washington insiders has argued more aggressively and consistently than I have that the President and Democratic Congress have failed to fight hard enough for the change we believe in, the values we stand for, and the mandate we thought we had won in 2006 and 2008. And no-one has warned others in Washington, who have ears that don't see and ears that don't hear, that this failure to fight will lead to substantial voter depression from too many of our previous supporters in 2010.