Unlike the inappropriate compliment paid to inept FEMA Director Michael Brown in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, newly elected U.S. Senator Scott Brown of Massachusetts deserves a “heck of a job” pat on the back.
By winning in convincing fashion, Brown delivered a knockout blow to Obama’s healthcare plan. He won in the bastion of liberalism by defeating the heavily favored Democratic candidate, Attorney General Martha Coakley. Brown won the seat held by the liberal lion Ted Kennedy and in the state that has elected such super liberals as Michael Dukakis and John Kerry.
In the process of defeating the Democratic Party machine in Massachusetts, Brown has re-energized and excited Republicans and conservatives across the nation. Brown has shaken up the political world and Democrats are now reevaluating their methods and agenda.
After some rumors that Democrats would try to push through the healthcare bill prior to Brown’s swearing in, it was announced yesterday that nothing would be done until Brown takes his seat. Democrats now have limited options. Will they try to force the House to approve the hated Senate bill or will they try to jam the House bill through the Senate with only 51 votes?
None of the alternatives look good for the Democrats because they are pushing a plan that is very unpopular. In Massachusetts, voters sent a resounding message that the healthcare plan is a political loser for the Democrats.
If the Democrats were smart, they would quickly abandon the 2,000 page $2.5 trillion monstrosity of a bill and pledge to work with Republicans on real reform bill and essentially start the whole process over from scratch. Sadly, the Democrats are too captive to left wing special interest groups. They are determined to increase government control of our lives, which is their real goal, not improving the quality of our healthcare system
Some Democrats like Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendel mistakenly believe that the message of the Massachusetts voters was for politicians to “stand up and get things done.” Somehow Rendel thinks that the voters are clamoring for the Democrats to pass legislation like a health care bill. It is laughable that some hopelessly liberal Democrats derived such a distorted message from the results on Tuesday night. In reality, voters were screaming just the opposite, “stop the madness.” They don’t want the Democrats to “get things done” like increasing the debt limit and passing socialized medicine. Voters basically want government to stop intruding in all aspects of their lives.
The Democrats promised “hope and change” and have delivered misery. Unemployment continues to rise, the debt limit is skyrocketing and policies are being pursued which will increase the size of the already gargantuan federal government. While the President said that he would not be the captive of special interests, he has been working on backroom deals with big labor and the pharmaceutical industry. He promised openness and has delivered secrecy. He promised that healthcare debates would be televised on C-SPAN, but has endorsed secret negotiations on the controversial bill.
Voters in Massachusetts and other states realize that Obama and the Democrats have lied about their agenda and it is time for a course correction. The second Boston Tea Party was held on Tuesday and it was a shot heard around the political world. Unless Democrats abandon their left wing agenda, the results in Massachusetts will be replicated across the nation in the mid-term elections this November.
Let’s hope that Democrats stay politically deaf, dumb and blind. This country needs a political revolution in 2010, not a phony one based on platitudes, but a real one based on a return to the constitutional principles which made this a great country.
Jeff Crouere is the Host of “Ringside Politics,” which airs at 7:30 p.m. Fri. and 10:00 p.m. Sun. on WLAE-TV 32, a PBS station, and 7 till 11 a.m. weekdays on WGSO 990 AM in New Orleans and the Northshore. He is the Political Analyst for WGNO-TV ABC26 and a Columnist for selected publications. For more information, visit his web site at RingsidePolitics.com. E-mail him at [email protected].