A well-deserved butt kicking

Democrats mourn in Massachusetts (AP Photo)

Hell froze over in Massachusetts Tuesday.

Voters sent a Republican to Washington to represent the most liberal state in the union in the United States Senate.

Defeated Democrats immediately launched their typical finger-pointing game — blaming the loss of seat held for so long by Sen. Ted Kennedy on everyone and everything except themselves.

Most of the fingers are pointed at Martha Coakley, the lackluster candidate who ran a lackluster campaign.

As candidates go, Coakley ranks high on any grading curve based on ineptitude. She took the race for granted, went on vacation rather than campaign and considered simple things like shaking hands with voters a boring waste of time.

Like Democrat Creigh Deeds in his disastrous run for governor in Virginia last year, Coakley committed every possible political sin and gave Republicans a big win just a year after Barack Obama carried the Old Dominion in the Presidential election.
But Tuesday’s election was Massachusetts for God’s sake — land of the liberal and home of the Democratic party: A place where a half-wit in a clown suit could be elected to office as long as he or she ran as a Democrat.

That was before Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et. al took control of the party. That was before Democrats swept into control on Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 on promises of change and a better way but delivered the same old corruption, the same old lobbyist-dominated way of doing things and the same old “screw the voters, we’re in this for ourselves” form of government.

Coakley’s stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown Tuesday is far more than an upset in a single election. It is a political tsunami that began with Republican victories in other elections months ago, gained momentum with the Democratic loss of governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and crashed ashore in Massachusetts Tuesday — drowning the arrogance of a clueless Democratic establishment that thought it could do whatever it wanted and however it wanted without regard to consequences.

Gone, in a flash, is the magical 60-vote majority in the Senate — the benchmark that assured Democratic domination of the political agenda. Gone is the illusion that Barack Obama may know what he is doing or that his election signaled any real game change in Washington. Gone is the fantasy of reform.

With luck, gone too is the phony health care “reform” bill that does nothing to resolve the problem that faces too many Americans.

Democrats did it to themselves and they deserved the ass-kicking they received. Voters have buyer’s remorse. They’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore.

Karma rules the game of politics and Tuesday, as Willie Nelson once sang, was “just a little old-fashioned karma coming ’round.” Liberal lanyard Keith Olbermann abandoned any remaining pretense of objective news reporting on MSNBC Tuesay night and unleashed all his vitriol on GOP Senator-elect Scott Brown, calling him sexist, corrupt and inept. As the Glenn Beck of the left, Olbermann sputtered, spit and gagged at the prospect of voters not following his liberal laments. How dare they display independent thought and vote conscience, not party?

Like the lunatic fringe that controlled the GOP during the Bush years, the left lost its way by falsely assuming a superiority of intellect and compounded the crime with an ill-perceived sense of infallibility.What they saw as voter mandates in 2006 and 2008 was nothing more than an angry backlash against abuse of power and disregard for the desires of those who put them into office. Republicans made the same mistake after winning control of Congress in 1996 and the White House in 2000.

Voters want change but change cannot be delivered by politicians who put their party’s agenda ahead of the best interests of a nation. Democrats and Republicans may represent different philosophies but they are the same when it comes to governing. They cater to different special interests but it is still those special interests that control each political party and special interests are controlled by money and greed, not public need or a common good.

25 COMMENTS

  1. The Republicans will most likely pick up a number of seats this fall. My fear is that they will not learn the lessons that we the people are trying to teach them. Who knows, maybe one day we will get a group that thinks more about the American people than their own political power.

  2. Lately, I find myself happiest when the White House and Congress/Senate are controlled by opposing parties. Gridlock is better than what we got under Bush and the Republicans, and better than what we’re getting under Obama and the Democrats. This is a step in the right direction.

    It’s sad but true…lately we’ve been better off when nothing gets done.

  3. Neither party is adept at doing the right thing when in power. They both have demonstrated an acute inability to stay on task, limit lobbyist and special interest influence, and get the job done that the voters put them there for. I had once hoped for a 3rd party to emerge, but I think they’d be the same old junk with a different tagline, just like the rest of them.

  4. I think the health care bill was watered down but did provide a step in the right direction, such as not letting insurance companies refuse coverage for pre-existing conditions. In the case of health care, I think the Democrats have not been able to deliver reform because Republicans spewed so much fear of government take-over that many citizens got cold feet. I viewed the public option as an alternative that would have given the insurance companies some competition and force them provide reform and lower costs, something citizens would have benefited from.

    • Government shouldn’t be in the business of taking over market share from private business. When I watch the way Washington DC operates I really does scare me to think they could be in charge of my health. I would rather go to a witch doctor than going to a politician for my health care.
      The government should be involved in making sure that private companies don’t rip off citizens. After government starts selling a product they are no longer able to fairly police the other companies they are competing against. I believe a better policy would be for the government to enforce fair practices from both healthcare providers and health insurance companies.

      • Point well taken. And yet, in my mind there is something intrinsically wrong with health care being a private business. Businesses are geared for making money and that seems like a conflict of interest. I wonder if they want a well citizenship, or is it in to their benefit that we are sick, buying drugs and expensive insurance.

        • I understand your point. I believe the plan that is being looked at right now is full of problems. While I don’t trust politicians to fix anything I would rather go to a single payer system than what they are talking about right now.

    • The standard Democratic mantra is to blame Republicans for everything, which is a convenient way to forget that Democrats played the same stall and undermine game when they were in the minority and the problems we face are years in the making and include mistakes of both Democratic and Republican administrations. Health care reform is a “failure.” Accepting a watered down proposal that plays into the health care industry’s hands is no solution. It’s just a cop out.

      • Well I think the Democrats stalled under Bush because that plan did play into the health care industry’s hands.

        As far as accepting a watered down version, I think it’s watered down because Republicans rallied hared against it and stirred up fear. So now that it’s watered down, should we can the whole thing, even though there are some steps towards improvement in it?

        • Sorry, I don’t buy into the partisan line that all things Democratic are good and all things Republican are bad, just as I don’t believe Republicans are superior to Democrats. Both parties are, from my experience, equally corrupt, equally inept and equally unfit to govern.

          Should we can the whole thing? Damn right we should. If we can’t do it right, why screw it up even more?

          • I don’t buy the line that all things Democratic are good and all things Republican are bad. I have a lot of respect for some moderate Republicans. I was talking about the health care issue in particular. I think there are some good steps in the right direction for consumers in the plan.

  5. Doug: To which special interest groups do you refer in stating that the Democrats are yielding in favor of money and greed over the public good? Which Democratic policies are evidence of this alleged disregard for the public good? Can you provide examples of corruption by Democrats, other than isolated incidents which are far exceeded by examples of corrupt Republicans? Who are the lobbyists influencing the Democrats to the detriment of the public good? It is easy to complain, but your complaints appear to be without basis. Since I, too, have worked in the political arena in DC, I am interested in learning the facts on which you base your opinion.

    Regarding finger-pointing, Republicans have a documented edge in the blame-game. One ridiculous example comes to mind when, on the first day of the George W. Bush administration, Republican staffers accused the Clinton Democratic staffers of having removed phones in the Executive Office Building, which was simply the normal procedure of the building managers when an office is to be occupied by a new staffperson. If the best example you can provide of finger-pointing by Democrats is blaming Coakley (a Democrat)n it pales in comparison with the many examples of Republicans blaming Democrats throughout the Bush administration. If you want additional documentation, I will have to search my computer files on this particular Republican behavior. My files are quite extensive because Republicans have a long history of blaming Demoocrats for all problems — past, present and future. This is standard procedure for many Republicans and is well-documented in their own words.

    In my personal opinion, experience and observation, the Republicans who are conscience-driven and whose primary concern is the public good are mostly from one Maine and Vermont. Otherwise, Republicans tend to be conformists by nature, which explains the ability of the Republican party to get most (virtually all) of them to toe the party line.

    • Democratic special interest groups. Oh Lord, so many special interests, so little space:

      1–Most labor unions (Teamsters, AFL-CIO, etc.)
      2–Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA)
      3–Health care industry. Check the donations to Max Baucus, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, el. al
      4–Health insurance industry (same as above)
      5–High tech

      The health care industry wanted a watered down health care reform bill. They paid for one and they got one from the Democrat leadership of Congress.

      For five years (1987-92) I ran the Political Programs Division of The National Association of Realtors, the largest trade association in the country (800,000 plus members). We also had the largest political action committee. We gave the majority of our money to Democrats, particularly the committee chairmen of the Democratically-controlled Congress and — lo and behold — we won every single one of our legislative battles.

      The 23 years I spent in Washington proved to me that neither party has the high ground when it comes to ethics or morality, neither can claim to serve anyone but special interests and neither can claim a record of serving the rank and file voters.

      Details? You might want to try the archives of Capitol Hill Blue, my political web site, which has been documenting misdeeds of both Democrats and Republicans since 1994. Or I can dig through my archvies, which go back to 1965 when I wrote my first story about politics for The Roanoke Times.

      BTW, the Clinton administration also claimed staffers of George H.W. Bush removed phones as well. It’s a stand game incoming administrations play.

      I’m sorry but I think it naive and extremely partisan to claim any one party is superior to the other. The system itself is corrupt. I’ve covered it as a journalist and worked inside it as a political operative. Reform will be a self-defeating fantasy as long as any reform must come from within a system that benefits from corruption and subservience to special interests.

  6. Doug: Thanks for your quick response. I will do some research before responding and, yes, I have followed your Capitol Hill Blue web site for several years. One thing for sure, though, is that the health insurance industry does not want health care form, no matter to whom they have contributed money. Do you have a comparison of their contributions to Republicans versus Democrats. Many entities attempt to play both sides of the game.

    • Organized labor gives 90 percent of its political contributions to Democrats. ATLA’s contributions run about 85 percent Democratic. Business PACs used to give almost exclusively to Republicans but learned in the 80s they could buy more votes by giving to both sides. Those who do give to both sides tend to give more to the party in power so Democrats now have an advantage.

      It’s all a game and it’s all about buying access and support. It’s a corrupt system controlled by money and the system cannot be changed as long as those with the checkbooks control that system.

  7. Doug: Allow me a postscript….Regarding naivety, I worked for a prominent Republican political consultant in DC for a couple of years. More or less “undercover”…I wanted to learn their strategies toward groups such as Common Cause, etc. So, I have experience with both major political parties.

    • Interesting. I also worked for several years for a prominent Republican political consultant (Eddie Mahe) and as a field operative for campaigns in New York, New Mexico, Texas and Montana.

      Did you also go “undercover” with Common Cause to learn their strategies? Washington’s political advocacy groups, I have found, play by the same rules, which means they decry the tactics of opponents while playing the same game themselves. Most have an agenda and facts matter little if they get in the way of pursuit of that agenda. Fred Wirtheimer had an agenda when he ran Common Cause. He continues that agenda at Democracy21. As a journalist, I learned quickly that claims and “facts” from Fred needed to be double-checked.

      I’m afraid that 23 years in DC left me jaded and skeptical. That’s why I have a small sticker on the back of my motorcycle helmets which reads: “I’m not a Democrat. I’m not a Republican. I’m an American. There is a difference.”

  8. We just came out of a Republican dominated era in our Federal government and have been left with a lousy economy. The thought was that new control of both ends of PA Ave might fix things. Now, after a year in which things haven’t improved much, particularly in my wallet, I should toss the new group out? And replace them with who, if not another Democrat, with a Republican who wants to return the fiscal policies that dug the hole? I guess you have to think which policies you prefer and vote accordingly. I did. I voted for Martha Coakley. I wasn’t enthusiastic about her, and didn’t vote for her in the primary, but Scott Brown, and his desire to turn back the calendar made the choice for me.

  9. Colleen writes:

    “I think the Democrats have not been able to deliver reform because Republicans spewed so much fear of government take-over that many citizens got cold feet.”

    Then writes:

    “I don’t buy the line that all things Democratic are good and all things Republican are bad. I have a lot of respect for some moderate Republicans. I was talking about the health care issue in particular. I think there are some good steps in the right direction for consumers in the plan.”

    Hmmm. I believe you are giving Republicans far more credit than they deserve. The Democrats couldn’t deliver on health care “reform” because they sold out to the health care industry and let the special interests take over the bill.

    The standard Republican bogeyman ploy doesn’t work here. The Democrats killed reform because of their own shortcomings. They blew it all by themselves.

  10. So, is there anyone else here besides me who is starting to think that we live in a one party state? That the red/blue bickering is more about whose donors get paid off rather than any structural change to government?

    This is what happens when you structure society on force and authority. This is why government ‘solutions’ should be avoided at all costs. This is why sellers should offer goods and services voluntarily and buyers should voluntarily accept those they find of value.

    Truly private industry is the voluntary segment of the economy. Public industry (whether state owned or state subsidized and regulated) is the coercive segment of the economy.

  11. Public anger over Obamacare was one factor. The real anger was at the crooked and selfish politicians in Massachusetts:

    Raising the sales tax by 25% during a recession

    Forcing liquor stores to charge sales tax on wine and booze (Mass. has private liquor stores)

    Closing local RMV offices (RMV is the Mass. version of the DMV)

    Trying to give unemployment benefits to illegal aliens

    Framing innocent people on phony child abuse charges

    Three House speakers indicted by the feds — Coakley is Mass. attorney general and looked the other way

    One senator caught stuffing bribe money into her bra

    Another senator in a DUI hit-and-run, later failed a breath test and blamed it on his toothpaste (he really did)

    The biggest howler? Coakley told a radio interviewer in Boston that Curt Schilling was a New York Yankees fan. Yes, Curt Schilling, a Red Sox hero from their playoff victory over the Yankees in 2004.

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