Scott Brown has become a celebrity amongst the Republicans who take credit for his win in Massachusetts on Tuesday in the special election for the U.S. Senate seat that was held by Ted Kennedy for 47 years. His “stardom” is not limited to the Republicans. He is a media star, as well. The “media” has labeled this election from “The shot heard around the world”, “A revolution” and some very insensitive right wing commentators have called this election a major “earthquake”.
The truth is that Scott Brown didn’t win on Tuesday. Scott Brown won the election the weekend that President Obama came to the Commonwealth to campaign for Martha Coakley. It was a sign that the Democratic candidate was in trouble, and the opposition is great at smelling blood. Republicans have the inane ability of pouncing on the wounded and eating them alive until every piece of meat is shed from the bone.
However, the media and the opposition will lead one to believe that this election was a referendum on Obama and health care, and it was Martha Coakley’s fault for taking this election for granted. These are all half truths. The real truth is that Scott Brown won because Obama did not push hard enough for change.
Over the past year, President Obama has carried much of the same failed policies from former President George Bush. He chose to ignore the prosecution of officials who tortured. He refused to regulate Wall Street, and let them run away with billions of dollars in bonus compensation. He refused to stand up for a public option in the health care bill, and he catered to the likes of Joe Lieberman, Ben Nelson, Mary Landreu.
The liberals are all “fired up and ready to go”. The right wing is in a state of “teabag frenzy”. The independents are saying “W.T.F.” and Congress is running scared.
Many are labeling the current health care bill dead, and there could be a ring of truth to that. Quite frankly, the liberals and conservatives are happy about that. Howard Dean on MSNBC this morning said that now is the time for President Obama and Congress to put their feet on the pedal regarding health care. Instead of trying to read the tea leaves as backing off on health care they need to push for a public option. They also need to push for the reform to begin right away, as opposed to the 2013 implementation. Implementing the reforms in 2013 will make it difficult to defend.
President Obama was voted in by a majority. Some will say he was voted in on a mandate. He had the super majority in Congress, but was not able to capitalize on it. And, the people are taking notice.
Mr. President, I want you to succeed. But, in order for you to succeed you need to silence your opponents and give us the change that we can believe in. This is your wake up call….don’t let us down.