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The Boston Massacre

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Posted on January 20 2010 3:29 pm

Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-Massachusetts!!!)

Last night’s victory by Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts –in which he decisively won the seat that had been occupied by Ted Kennedy for decades– was hugely significant.

Given that the vote took place in the bluest of blue states, the margin of victory itself –5%– was huge. It was so large that it was outside the margin of ACORN, as a friend told me.

The vote in a Northeast progressive stronghold constitutes a sweeping repudiation of President Obama‘s programs. Pretty well all of them — in toto.

Voters were angry about Obama’s big government policies, tax increases, healthcare nationalization, pork barrel spending, and his desire to keep spending trillions of dollars we don’t have with a Devil-may-care insouciance.

The liberal New Republic is filled with sober postmortems today mourning Democrat Martha Coakley’s electoral thumping and its political ramifications nationwide.

“Bill Clinton didn’t know he was in big trouble until the very eve of the November 1994 election. Barack Obama knows now, barely a year into his presidency,”

writes John B. Judis. The result of the special Senate election “was clearly a message to the president and his party.”

“The victory of Scott Brown in the fight for Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat shines a light on a trend in American politics that ought to deeply trouble progressives,”

writes Thomas B. Edsall.

But many in the left are in denial.

As Kathy Shaidle notes, the George Soros steno pool also known as Media Matters for America is desperately trying to spin the vote results last night, arguing that the voters’ rejection of Democrat Martha Coakley wasn’t a rejection of ObamaCare.

A mass-release email I just got from MoveOn.org pleads the case that Democrats lost in Massachusetts because they weren’t tilting far enough to the left:

Watching a conservative Republican replace Ted Kennedy in the Senate is simply devastating.

But as bad as the news is this morning, there’s actually one reason to be hopeful.

For the last year, most Democrats in Washington have let lobbyists and corporate interests run roughshod over the people’s business. Wall Street got bailouts. Bankers got bonuses. Big Insurance rewrote the health care bill. Meanwhile, ordinary Americans continue to struggle to make ends meet.

But now, finally, Democrats know they need to change course to win back voters’ confidence. The question is, will they learn exactly the wrong lesson? Will they give up on change altogether? Drop health care reform? Follow the lead of conservatives like Joe Lieberman and Evan Bayh and embrace “Republican-lite”?

We need to make sure Democrats don’t get it wrong this time. It’s time to demand that they start truly fighting for working families. Pass real health care reform. Rein in Wall street. Take on the banks and special interests that stand in the way of change. [...]

ObamaCare architect and bank swindler Robert Creamer tells the audacious lie that the forces aligned against ObamaCare had more money and somehow brainwashed the public:

The fact is that if you see enough TV spots saying that the “Obama health care plan” will cost jobs, take away your freedom, and cut your Medicare (all factually wrong) — you start to believe it. Because of the massive length of the health care battle, the pro-health care reform forces, have simply been outgunned on TV by the big insurance companies and the Chamber of Commerce (mainly funded by the big insurance companies) that have pockets of infinite depth.

Dream on.

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