Evan Bayh (D-Ind) told ABC News today that
“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” but if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.
Its why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message. They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.
The only we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates. Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Dem party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country — that’s not going to work too well.”
Is this an indication that the Democrats are waking up, or that they soon will? We can’t help but be skeptical that he is only saying what he thinks his constituents want to hear, but at least he’s saying it.
Anybody who thinks that this election, which Scott Brown (R-MA) appears to be sweeping, is not a referendum on the current administration and legislative agenda, is either a fool, or they are lying to themselves – which only a fool would do.
Some are saying that healthcare was not an issue because Massachusetts already has a government run healthcare program, but it has been widely reported that their system does not work. We have asked here many times why the federal government would attempt to model a nationwide program after a program that does not work. This election clearly indicates that Massachusetts voters are not happy with that program, with single party government, and with partisan politics in general.
Finally we can hope for changes that we can believe in. Coakley just conceded.