Martha Coakley's Defeat
No matter the spin after the fact, the Democratic Party's defeat in Massachusetts is today's news of the day.
Reflective of the significance, today's lead editorial in the Washington Post states the following:
...The hard truth for Democrats is that the Massachusetts election resonates with national polling results. Voters, not just in Massachusetts and certainly not just in the Republican Party, are worried about government spending. Budget deficits and the national debt alarm many Americans, and rightly so. Voters also are disappointed that President Obama's promises of pragmatic, bipartisan cooperation have not been fulfilled....Read the entire essay HERE.
...[V]oters also are nervous about one-party rule, especially when it tends toward arrogance or taking them, the voters, for granted. When state Democrats rewrite and then re-rewrite their special election law in the space of five years to suit their party interests, people notice. When the federal tax code is stretched in the health-care bill to give advantages to union workers that non-union workers won't share, people notice that, too....
The loss of Kennedy's seat to a Republican in the bluest state in America hard on the heels of a Republican sweep in the Virginia elections of November 2009 exactly one year after BHO took office serves an an indication that WE THE PEOPLE are fed up with the Democratic Party's arrogant and oligarchical attitude.
BHO tried to shore up the Democratic candidate in both the Virginia and Massachusetts elections. Oops. Is BHO becoming political poison? A year ago, could any of us have imagined that Kennedy's Senate seat, long a bastion of the Democratic Party, would go to a Republican?
Oh, to be a fly on the wall in the White House this morning!
Now, on to November 2010, when WE THE PEOPLE will cast our ballots in an election that will really tell the tale.