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Brown Wins in Mass.

Posted by AB on January 20, 2010

After last night’s special election, in Massachusetts, for the Senate seat held by the late Edward Kennedy, there are quite a few words that come to my mind, as a proud Democrat:  embarrassed, ashamed, humiliated, frustrated, sad, confused, angry, humbled, and a few more, I’m sure.  Senator-elect Scott Brown gives Republicans 41 seats in the United States Senate, ensuring their ability to obstruct and block just about anything the 59-seat majority Democrats want to do, most prominently the current health care reform efforts.  It’s a shame that in America, 41 is more than 59.  And with Republicans refusing to put forth the effort to help the American people, in any way, because of their ongoing efforts to damage our President, don’t expect much to get done in this mid-term election year.

Democrats will be pointing fingers at one another for the next few weeks, but there is plenty of blame to go around.  Martha Coakley ran a terrible campaign.  Congressional Democrats can get nothing done.  President Obama is not being forceful enough with his policy agenda.  I only hope that the correct lessons are  learned from this debacle.  The lesson is to not back off, to not be weak, but to work hard to get things done for the American people.  Now is not the time to pout or complain.  Now is the time to press even harder for the policies that Democrats hold dear.

If there is a silver lining from last night’s disappoinment, it is that a sleepy Democratic party just got a fire lit under their asses.  We are angry, and we want blood, too.  So let’s fight, Democrats.  The future of our nation is at stake.  There is no progress without struggle.


4 Responses to “Brown Wins in Mass.”

  1. John Gault said

    There are many things in your post that I disagree with–mostly from an ideological perspective–but I don’t think that it would be productive to discuss those here. There was, however, one sentence that I would like to ask you about.

    “It’s a shame that in America, 41 is more than 59.”

    This would seem to indicate that you have a healthy respect for the “majority” in American politics. My question is why you would feel slighted if a minority of Republicans blocked the agenda of a Democratic majority, yet you seem to have no problem with the Democrats pushing through a reform bill that the majority of Americans disapprove of. Regardless of how you, personally, believe that the proposed reforms will affect America, the undeniable fact is that, according to the latest Rasmussen poll, on 38% of Americans support the reforms, while 56% oppose them. Wouldn’t those 41 Republicans be doing the “will of the people” if they blocked Obamacare from being passed? Isn’t that why we elect our officials–to carry out the will of the people?

  2. tarheelpirate said

    I also have a healthy respect for the minority party, but only when the minority party wants to participate.  Republicans have decided to obstruct American progress, and when it comes to votes in the Senate, 59 should still be more than 41, but it isn’t.

    I find it ironic that someone with your handle would select a righty poll like Rasmussen to justify obstruction.  It was people like you who say that polls don’t matter when large majorities support a public option.  Remember that many in that poll think that health care does not go far enough, so it isn’t all just people who oppose health care reform.

    People like you will rub this one in the faces of Dems for quite some time, and you certainly should, but if you are trying to tell me that congressional Republicans are fighting for the “will of the people,” I must laugh.  I’m sure you didn’t write that with a straight face.

    Oh, and if you teabaggers really want to prove that you have some muscles to flex, taking out Martha Coakley won’t do it.  If you want to prove that you have some power, you’ll take out Graham and McCain in their primaries.

    Thanks for commenting.

  3. John Gault said

    Just a couple of quick points to clarify my position and then I’ll leave you the last word…

    You were right when you said that Republicans ignore the polls when they show that the public is against them and then promote them when it’s the other way around. So do democrats. I am mildly offended by your lumping me in with the Republicans with the phrase “people like you”, but I’ll let that one slide since you’re assuming you know my viewpoint on the topic. I was simply pointing out that you are guilty of the same hyppocrisy as the Republicans because–regardless of whether they want the reforms to go away, or to go farther, the public is against them as they currently stand–therefore, a respect for the majority should continue to work on them until some kind of consensus is reached.

    Personally, I think the current reforms stink. They are either not right enough, or not left enough, depending on your ideology. I’d be fine with a shift to either direction, I’m just tired of broken legislation, ineffective politics, and impotent representatives who bargain away their ideological purity for political expediancy. I did write my own blog entry on health care reform a while ago, and I would love to have your comments… http://gaultsgulch.wordpress.com/2009/12/26/health-care-reform-and-ideological-purity/

  4. tarheelpirate said

    If I offended you, then I do apologize. You’re right–I should not paint everyone with a broad brush in the way that I did to you. In fact, you mentioned something that we can agree upon. I too am tired of broken legislation, ineffective politics, and impotent representatives. I think that all of us are paying a price for these weak politicians.

    I will try to read and comment on your health care blog soon.

    Take care.

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