Teddy Kennedy may have been spinning in his grave when a Republican won his old Senate seat on Tuesday. The rest of the Democrats were just spinning.
Depending on which liberal you asked, Democrat Martha Coakley’s loss to Republican Scott Brown may have been chalked up to:
- Her failures as a candidate.
- Lack of support from Obama.
- Too much support from Obama.
- The Unions not bullying their workers enough prior to the election.
- Everyone was too busy watching “Jersey Shore” to vote.
What they just didn’t want to admit is that this vote was a direct backlash against the Democrat’s health care bill, which has been a disaster from the start. The Democrats sorely misunderestimated the public’s acceptance of a complete government takeover of both their lives and one-sixth of the U.S. economy. The bills became so bloated and incomprehensible, even Howard Dean could only be coerced to muster mild support for it by saying it might not be that bad if Republicans are for it.
The day after the Massachusetts vote, headlines blared, “Vote not about health care,” based on a quote from Brown taken out of context. What he said was that the vote wasn’t only about health care, but it was about more. It was about taxes. It was about deficits. It was about cap and trade. It was about financial reform. It was about spending hundreds of billions of dollars to pay off liberal special interest groups – disguised as a stimulus plan. It was about all of it: the plain fact that Obama has worn out his welcome almost as fast as Jay Leno did at 10 p.m. on NBC.
As Obama’s motorcade pulls in to Lorain County today, he should get a clear picture of what his presidency has already wrought. Lorain’s own Invacare Corp has already put a freeze on hiring and merit pay increases, plus suspended matching contributions under its 401(k) retirement plan, in anticipation of the health care plan becoming law. The company, which makes health care equipment such as hospital beds and wheelchairs, estimates new taxes contained in the bill could result in an impact of about $12-$14 million annually. Then again, maybe the company was just overreacting. There’s no way anyone was actually able to make it through all 4,000+ pages of the two versions of the bill and still had enough brain function left to make sense of it.
Personally, my favorite spin came from Lawrence O’Donnell on the Huffington Post, who explained that electing Brown may actually hurt Republicans this fall, because they won’t be able to campaign against the health care bill if it doesn’t pass:
“President Obama threatening to violate a campaign pledge by taxing workers’ health care plans
is one thing, but actually doing it is a dream come true for Republicans. They know the health
care reform bill has a handful of taxes like that, none of which were mentioned by any Democrat
in the last campaign. They can’t wait to campaign to repeal those taxes. The internal Republican
strategy debate now is should we repeal the whole bill or maybe leave some of the more
popular sounding bits alone? But how can they run on any kind of repeal if Scott Brown wins in
Massachusetts and steps into the Senate just in time to kill Obamacare?”
This is like a 10-year-old claiming, “I let you win,” rather than admitting defeat to his little sister. Yeah, that Senate seat which has been firmly in Democratic control for more than 30 years gave Democrats a 60-vote, filibuster-proof margin? No, they didn’t really even want to win that race anyway.
Seriously, Republicans don’t need the health care bill to pass to have something to campaign against. All they need is for the Democrats to open their mouths. And that should be enough to send voters running in the other direction.