I really don’t know what to say. I will collect my thoughts and post longer tomorrow. Just got back from a Senate candidate forum in Tacoma, so these are my immediate thoughts.
This election has to be considered along with the GOP victories in Virginia and New Jersey last November. The Left has been saying the Republicans are regional ( Southern ) and out of ideas and the party of the past, that Obama is the wave of the future. Well, in three big elections, two outside the South, where Obama has personally campaigned for the Democrats, the Ds have had their a##es kicked and kicked good, with overwhelming numbers of independent voters voting R – Scott Brown took them 3-1. THREE-TO-ONE. The Left overreached, and overreached big time, thinking their victory in 2008, along with 60 Senators and overwhelming control of the House, was a mandate.
President Obama apparently called Marcia ( oops, sorry, Martha ) and told her tonight ” we can’t win ‘em all”. R U KIDDING ME? ALL? He has lost the last three big ones and some 15 special elections around the country for legislative vacancies in 2009 went for the Rs.
The Democrats are in a dilemma. Leading House Democrats, including Barney Frank, are saying tonight that they can’t support the Senate bill and it may be time to START OVER ON HEALTH CARE. Senator Evan Bayh, a supposed moderate who votes the liberal party line when it matters said tonight that the ‘far left’ has captured the Democratic Party. ( Gee, Evan, what took you so long? Some of us have been saying that since at least the Denver convention.). The election of Scott Brown has thrown a monkeywrench into all of their legislative plans. Expect to see a lot of Democrats peel off the health care plan, cap and trade and tax increases. If the Rs can win in Massachusetts, they can win in Indiana, Nebraska, Louisiana and California…and Washington. Tonight, there was a political earthquake that measured about 7.5 on the Richter scale, and the Ds are still shaking, fearful of the aftershocks.
I have so much to say, but I’ll write more tomorrow, particularly on what the Rs can learn from Scott Brown and Bob McDonnell. For now, I want to quote some of Scott Brown’s victory speech. Read it, savor it, memorize it. And, hey, in case I haven’t mentioned it, Scott Brown won as a Republican in Massachusetts.
” Raising taxes, taking over our health care, and giving new rights to terrorists is the wrong agenda for our country. What I’ve heard again and again on the campaign trail is that our political leaders have grown aloof from the people, impatient with dissent, and comfortable in the back room making deals. Ane we can do better.
“They thought you were on board with all of their ambitions. They thought they owned your vote. They thought they couldn’t lose. But tonight, you and you and you have set them straight.
“Across this country, we are united by basic convictions that need only to be clearly stated to win a majority. If anyone still doubts that, in the election season just beginning, let them look to Massachusetts.
“Fellow citizens, what happened in this election can happen all over America. We are witnesses, you and I, to the truth that ideals, hard work, and strength of heart can overcome any political machine. We ran a campaign never to be forgotten, and led a cause that deserved and received all that we could give it.
“And now, because of your independence and your trust, I will hold for a time the seat once filled by patriots from John Quincy Adams to John F Kennedy and his brother Ted. As I proudly take up the duty you have given me, I promise to do my best for Massachusetts and America every time the roll is called.
“I go to Washington as the representative of no faction or interest, answering only to my conscience and to the people. I’ve got a lot to learn in the Senate, but I know who I am, and I know who I serve.
” I’m Scott Brown.
“I’m from Wrentham
“I drive a truck and I am nobody’s senator but yours.
“Thank you very much.”
I really like this guy.
BTW, apparently the story is going around that the President called Scott and offerred his congratulations. Scott mentioned he would be driving down to DC in his truck and asked Obama if he would like to see it.
I REALLY like this guy.