Republican Scott Brown wins the “Kennedy seat” in Massachusetts. Rasmussen reports that he won over independents 73/25. Democratic heads are exploding all over the fruited plain. I can’t wipe the silly grin off my face.
I could go into great detail about how completely unprecedented this is, but those who are paying attention already know. Interesting to me will be how Obama/Pelosi/Reid but especially the Blue Dogs in the House and Senate will respond.
Scenario A: They will continue, kamikaze-style, to push through with their ultra-liberal policies (govt. run healthcare, cap and trade) by passing the Senate version of healthcare or delaying Brown’s seating. They’ll claim that the MA election defeat of Coakley is due to the voters’ “misunderstandings” or their “oppositon for opposition’s sake.” To which I say, go right ahead and do just that. Further insult the intelligence of We the People. Continue to call us “teabaggers” and characterize us as ignorant and uneducated. Because the more they do, the more they imperil themselves in midterms and in 2012. Recall, just last week our own Ben Nelson faced the wrath of NE voters as they booed him out of a pizzaria in Omaha. I’m sure he’s remembering that about now, too.
Scenario B: Obama will come to his senses and move to the middle, scrap this wildly unpopular piece of crap healthcare legislation, and start over.
I have a hard time envisioning Obama moving to the middle. I simply don’t know if he’s capable of it. I think he’s so innately statist and ideological that it would almost be humanly impossible for him to do it. But think for a moment what must be running through his head right now.
Here he is, on the one year anniversary of his Inauguration, with the big State of the Union speech looming, and he just got b***h-slapped by voters in traditionally blue MASSACHUSETTS. While the state-run media will attempt to spin Coakley’s defeat soleley on Coakley herself (of which she did play a tremendous part), they will suddenly forget that it was Obama himself who went to MA to campaign for her and to himself make the election, in large part, about healthcare and a referendum on his agenda. (Scott Brown, too, made his opposition to this version of healthcare reform a central tenet of his campaign–something the voters obviously approved.)
The far-left is angry with him for a variety of reasons (one of which being he’s not left enough), and he’s completely losing independents because he’s too far left. Unemployment is still in double digits, and virtually every industry in the private sector has a big target painted on its back by the Obama administration, and by extension, anyone who works in the private sector. The Blue Dogs are already running scared, and the Republicans (thanks to the huge grassroots Tea Party movement) now have the momentum. Every shred of reason in a person’s brain would be shouting, “Reverse course! Steer to the middle!” That’s what Clinton did.
But something tells me that this won’t happen with Barack Obama. (I will eat my words if I must.) Never, I don’t think, have we had as President such a complete and total narcissist. Obama has placed all his chips on healthcare reform (with the full-blown, statist power and control that would come with it), and to scrap it now would irreparably damage his ego, and he knows it. Govt. run healthcare is the easiest and best way for him to implement his statist goals for this country, and he will cling to it for as long as he is able. It goes beyond saving face for him; it is a matter of self-preservation.
But for now, let’s all bask in the glow of this huge victory of liberty over tyranny. Thank you, people of Massachusetts.
UPDATE: A simply devastating rebuttal to the David Brooks’ of the world. A must-read. (It’s quite short and to the point.)
UPDATE 2: Here’s a good post-election analysis, courtesy of Ed Morrissey.