A few thoughts about Republican Scott Brown's U.S. Senate win in Massachusetts last night:
● Leavenworth Street mainly was on MSNBC and FOX last night. If you were there, how many times did you hear "Cornhusker Kickback"? A dozen? More? This whole scandal still has legs and they are all running back to Ben Nelson.
● Not sure if the Chris Matthewses of the Democrat world represent the majority, but if so, WOW are they in massive denial about the implications of the Brown victory. This was a referendum on the Obama policies, plain and simple. Oh sure Coakley had a number of screw-ups, but if this had been 2008, those wouldn't have mattered.
When Matthews was presented with the statement from Sen. Jim Webb that the Senate should delay any more on Health Care Re-form until Brown is seated, Matthews and his fellow heads on MSNBC just continued their conversation on just HOW Reid and Pelosi could still slam it through.
(By the way, Matthews used to work for legendary House Speaker Tip O'Neill, so you can bet the idea of a GOP win in Massachusetts just galls him to no end.)
Their implication was that the Health Care bill is just like the Civil rights bill that LBJ slammed through, and the ends justified the means. Wrong, wrong, wrong. The American people don't want it -- this version anyway, and moreover they're pissed about the WAY this has all happened. Obama campaigned on an "open process" for such bills and instead it has been one backroom deal after another. Think the people are angry now? Just see how they'll react if the Dems try to jam this one up them with an even slimier jar of Vaseline.
● We saw a comment from the state's (unofficial) #2 Democrat, Jane Kleeb, on Mark Fahleson's site that she thinks the Brown victory is just a "throw ALL the bums out statement". Wrong again, Janie! Mark made the factual retort that this follows up a race in Virginia that was another defeat of an Obama surrogate. The people are angry at the Obama Democrats' plans. Health Care, National Security, Taxes, Stimuli, you name it. If the Dems can't see that the message is STOP, they will continue to get clobbered.
● On that note, we remember Don Walton's LJS article yesterday that said, "The 2nd District scrap between Republican Rep. Lee Terry and Democratic challenger Tom White is almost certain to be the most competitive 2010 race in Nebraska." Really? Compared to what? If Tom White still plans to run as Tommy Obama, in this atmosphere, he will be lucky to get Michael Scott numbers. Don't be surprised to see the DCCC's money plan shift.
● Like it or not, Brown's win is an opportunity for Ben Nelson. If he follows the Jim Webb lead and suggests that everyone slow down, he has the chance to at least stop the bleeding in Nebraska. He can either go with the Rahm Emanuel / Chris Matthews plan of smashing everything through, or he can openly recognize the Massachusetts vote -- and the feeling nationwide -- that this thing has been done the wrong way. If he said, "let's start with getting rid of the pre-existing conditions denial, and allow cross-state purchasing, and get the Republicans involved, and end the back-room deals" he could quickly be seen as a hero.
**Update - How much of that do you think Nelson accomplished in his statement?**
It's going to take a big gesture like that to tourniquet things for the Dems.
However, instead expect them to just blame Coakely and ram it through.
National Review Online, on how Nelson has damaged his party.
He has done two pieces of serious damage to his party and one piece of minor damage...***
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