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Obama Loses Liberals in MA Senate Race For Good Reason

By January 20, 2010

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Republican Scott Brown won the U.S. Senate seat in blue state Massachusetts yesterday because Democrats did not vote to support President Obama's weak-kneed, hyper-political, sleight-of-hand agenda, especially on health care reform. Simple facts tell the story of angry voters, including liberals:

  • 22% of registered MA Democrats voted for Republican Brown, not Democrat Coakley

  • In Massachusetts, registered Democrats outnumber registered Republicans by a whopping 3 to 1. If the other 78% of Democrats had turned out to vote for Coakley, she would have won handily. But the indisputable fact is, a huge portion of MA Democrats stayed home from the polls.

  • 82% of Democrats who voted for Brown firmly support a public plan option as part of health care reform. 86% of Democrats who didn't vote in the MA Senate race firmly support a public plan option. Obama, of course, nuked a public plan option despite his innumerable public speeches to the contrary.

  • 52% of Democrats who voted for Brown believe that "When Democrats took power, they didn't change much about how Washington works."

Several weeks ago, I warned President Obama and his insider pals he's installed at the DNC that:

  • continually letting down liberals,
  • continually going back on the campaign promises that catapulted Obama to the White House, and
  • continually kowtowing to and compromising with the conservative minority in vain hopes of garnering their support...

... is most assuredly not a formula for Democratic success. It is a formula for Democratic weakness that guarantees failure and loss.

Are you listening yet, Mr. President? Did the wallop delivered to your "bipartisan" agenda yesterday by MA Democrats finally get your attention?

If not, absorb these remarkable, piercing observations today from the college newspaper of one of the supposed bastions of youthful liberal elitism, Yale University:

"Obama was a politician who inspired us to volunteer and make phone calls and even vote. He galvanized our generation into action with a call for activism and hope. But, like Obama's promise of change, these feelings have not survived the long year behind us.

"Our optimism has reverted back to cynicism as we have seen the same politicking and brokering in Washington under Obama's leadership that we saw under President Bush and President Clinton...

"After all, our country has a stagnant economy and is fighting two wars in the Middle East. We have a health care system that allows malpractice lawyers to profit while doctors suffer. Our intelligence system simply does not work...

"... the message Brown sends is one that may change business in Washington more than Obama's election did last year. What voters in Massachusetts told Congress and Obama yesterday is that they and we are fed up. We're tired of Nebraska getting special deals and health care reform that does not address some of the most important problems with health care.

"We're tired of change that never comes... Here's hoping Brown's win will make our country focus a little more on true change."

Listening now, Mr. President? As is, you've even lost the highly prized Democratic youth vote which is requisite to Democratic electoral success.

UPDATE - Read He Wasn't The One We've Been Waiting For by New York Times columnist and Nobel Laureate economist Paul Krugman late today, in which he concludes, "I'm pretty close to giving up on Mr. Obama, who seems determined to confirm every doubt I and others ever had about whether he was ready to fight for what his supporters believed in."


January 20, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(1) Jason says:

Good blog, Host Deb. Let this be a lesson for all Democrats running this November-CAMPAIGN HARD.

January 20, 2010 at 4:22 pm
(2) usliberals says:

Thanks, Jason!

January 20, 2010 at 4:36 pm
(3) Veronica says:

I was thrilled when Obama won in November 2008, but I’m upset at the way that he’s been kowtowing to conservatives–and even choosing to retain Bush’s disastrous security policies. I know he campaigned on being non-partisan, but he’s wimping out. If he wants to effect REAL change for our country, he has to draw the line, stand tall, and strongly defend the changes that we voted for. And others in the party need to do the same.

January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm
(4) Cheryl says:

Very good post and very true. I am just waiting for the Democrats to blame Nader, lol. I suspect it is even more than 23% that crossed over.

January 20, 2010 at 11:43 pm
(5) Ken McCracken says:

Uh, you think the reason Obama got slapped is because he is too bipartisan and not liberal enough?


January 21, 2010 at 1:46 am
(6) Joseph says:

Uh, you think the reason Obama got slapped is because he is too bipartisan and not liberal enough?


My hope is that Obama ends up believing this. It will make 2010 even easier than what happened yesterday.

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