January 20, 2010

brown-win1 Somewhere down the line – it might be weeks, it might be months, hell, it might even be days – what happened tonight in Massachusetts will truly be understood. Right now all the talking heads on the cable channels are blathering about health care, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and Barack Obama and what he’ll say at his upcoming State of the Union address. That’s fine, of course. But in my mind there are some lessons to be drawn across the electorate from Scott Brown’s decisive victory over Martha Coakley in the special election for Ted Kennedy’s seat, and woe to those who turn a deaf ear:

1. As the late, great Speaker of the House Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neil once stated, “all politics is local”. Whether Democrat or Republican, incumbent or not, if you want to represent the people in your districts come November you better start listening to the people. It is pocketbook issues people are concerned about, nothing else. I don’t think Brown’s election has as much to do with the Democrats health care plan, per se, as it does with the unrelenting focus and attention paid to it for months to the exclusion of what people truly care about out there: jobs, and the economy.

2. If the Democrats want to, as NPR’s Juan Williams so stated on Fox News tonight, “double down” on health care and ram it through because they either: a) truly believe people will like it once they see what’s in it (really), or b) they’ve got nothing left to lose, I say let them do it. If they do, there will be blood on the streets and precious few Democrats left standing come November. But you know what? I actually think Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are clueless, reckless, and stupid enough to try it. I’d love to see it, it would make for great political theater.

3. If I’m an incumbent, no matter what my stand on health care is, I’m thinking about alternative ways to spend the rest of my life. Brown’s election wasn’t about Democrats or Republicans, per se, it was about Washington and the sense of entitlement out there, the sense that no one inside the Beltway cares anything about what anyone outside it thinks, only about the expansion and consolidation of their own pocketbooks and political power, funded on the backs of people who work a hell of a lot harder for their pay than they will ever do.


4. Make no mistake about it: in the end, this election, when you get right down to it, was about Barack Obama, his lack of leadership, and the state of political discourse in Washington. One year ago, “Mr. Hopenchange” was elected on his own promise of: a) “changing the way Washington works”, b) being “a uniter, not a divider”, and c) having “the most transparent administration in history”. People trusted him (I sure didn’t), believed him (ditto) and put their faith in him. So what have they received in return? A President who has abdicated his leadership to petty, partisan dolts like Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid. An administration that hasn’t uttered a word of complaint while allowing a bill that would radically transform the nation’s healthcare system – a full 1/6 of the nation’s economy – to be negotiated behind closed doors with senators and congressmen whoring themselves in return for their precious votes. A nation, as even the President himself admits, is more divided and polarized than when he took office. Unemployment above 10% and unprecedented reckless deficit spending. Not that he’ll listen, but Brown’s election should be a clarion call to President Obama that he, and we as a nation, can’t just spend and regulate our way out of this mess we’re in.

So now, after high-profile Democratic gubernatorial losses in Virginia and New Jersey, Scott Brown’s amazing upset in Massachusetts is Barack Obama’s Waterloo moment. A year ago, he was the the so-called “Messiah” who did nothing to downplay the adoration, unrealistic platitudes, and expectations tossed his way. Today, he’s 0-for-3 in political races where he campaigned actively for Democratic candidates in states he carried handily back in 2008. How he responds in the wake of this latest Democratic fiasco may very well seal the fate, for better or for worse, of his Presidency.


So, congratulations to the people of Massachusetts – don’t know if this “Massachusetts miracle” is enough to kick-start another American revolution, but we conservatives will take any victory that places obstacles before Obama / Reid / Pelosi and their radical socialist agenda. There’s still a lot of hard work ahead and more incumbent parties to throw out of office, but we’ll take every victory we can get.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, I’ll just pour myself another glass of Bolla Valpolicella and enjoy this video. Ahh yes, to be so young, vibrant, and, er, attractive. They must have felt like they had the whole world in the palms of their hands.

Just like Barack Obama did a little more than one year ago. What a difference fourteen months can make…


Pool temp: 52 degrees!

Filed in: Politics & World Events by The Great White Shank at 00:13 | Comments (6)
  1. Oh, stop doing the Happy Dance…you will spill your wine.

    Comment by Jana — January 20, 2010 @ 5:01 am

  2. Basically by being a Mass Dem, “Marsha” already had 40% of the vote. All she had to do was pull in the other 10%. Brown started with a GOP base of about 10-15%. That means that about 80% of people in the middle went for Brown! People want to be represented and they want a voice in DC.

    As for Obama, he had a chance to do something special in DC. He could have been a unifying leader. But he got seduced (willingly) by the power and ambition of his position and the allure of a rubber stamp Congress. He sold his soul and THAT is “transparent”. It is indeeed his Waterloo.

    Comment by Goose — January 20, 2010 @ 6:30 am

  3. E-mail that came to me from a reader who wishes his (her?) comment not be posted:

    “Only a right-wing idiot like The Great White Shank could think of using a stupid ABBA video to provide his pathetic version of ‘commentary’ on such an awful and disgusting turn of events for this country. The 70s were thirty years ago, get over it. Got Healthcare? Millions don’t and now won’t.”

    First let me say this about that:

    1. Anyone in the US (legal and otherwise) do have access to heath care, it’s called the ER. I know that for a fact; my sister-in-law and her family haven’t worked or had health insurance for more than two decades, and they’ve never been turned away, courtesy of Joe and Jane Taxpayer. Does the present system need tweaking and enhancing? Of course, no one’s arguing that, but to say people don’t have health care is simply wrong.

    2. About the snarky comment about my ABBA reference. Actually, I wasn’t alone in making the “Waterloo” connection to ABBA check out what Hot Air’s AllahPundit posted last night:


    Heh. AP even used the same video I did – I think those short skirts and high boots must have played a role. 🙂 No offense, AP, but I got there first, as I didn’t see your post until this morning. I advance-posted mine before bed last night and HA’s website was hit with so much traffic they were down most of election night.

    So, to Mr. or Mrs. Anonymous, I can only say that I guess great minds think alike…

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 20, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  4. Just got the first bill from the hospital for the 10 days that my father was there…52,000.00 This does not include all the doctors consultation, radiation treatments, tests, etc. Each 15 minute consult was over 300.00 per physician. My dad had “KY Medicare” and paid nearly 300.00 additionally for his secondary and paid additionally for medication coverage. Sure anyone can go the ER but God help you if have to be admitted and stay at a cost of over 5000.00 a day. That is enough to bankrupt most middle income families.

    Comment by Jana — January 20, 2010 @ 2:01 pm

  5. You’re absolutely correct, Jana, but having been in this position (again) with my sister-in-law, you can get hospitals to work with you on outstanding balances for treatment. And there are also elderly advocacy groups that can provide good counsel (but you probably know about that already). In the end, people have a right to choose, or not to choose, having health insurance. Me, I’d always counsel it is far better to be safe than sorry, and penny wise rather than pound foolish, but the choice of whether or not to have health insurance should be left with the individual.

    Comment by The Great White Shank — January 20, 2010 @ 9:46 pm

  6. I pay a bloody fortune for really shitty coverage…in KY I can only choose from either Anthem or Humana to be self insured…my deductible is so high that I cannot afford diagnostic/preventative tests. My best friend’s Cobra has run out and she cannot get insurance due to several pre-existing conditions. Her portion of her last surgery is 13G which she still owes. It is the people with exceptional situations that get screwed on having coverage and that isn’t right.

    Comment by Jana — January 22, 2010 @ 10:04 am

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