Good morning, readers. Hope you didn’t party too hard last night. If you went to bed early (as opposed to those of us who never went to sleep!), you can catch up on all the election live-blogging fun here. My syndicated column today dissects the twin meltdowns of Bay State and Beltway Democrats. But even with Scott “41!” Brown’s victory, the battle over Demcare has only just begun. The health care takeover-peddlers are looking for a back-up plan. If they can’t get their full “public option” Trojan Horse through the gates, they’ll settle for Trojan Ponies.
In “Paul Revere’s Ride,” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote of “the muster of men at the barrack door.” Today, it’s the muster of men at Barack’s door who must be met with “a cry of defiance, and not of fear.” The nutroots are cranking up the pressure on congressional liberals to cling to the most radical form of Demcare and “fight harder for change.” What part of Coakley/Obama’s epic fail doesn’t the party in power understand?
Tea Party activists must stay vigilant and crank it up even louder to warn of the coming big government perils.
Side note: At a church pulpit on Sunday, President Obama declared that Demcare’s passage would be “a victory for dignity and decency, and for our common humanity.” Since the voters of Massachusetts effectively killed Obama’s plans to ram the bribe-laden Demcare package down taxpayers’ throats, will he now declare them all enemies of dignity, decency, and common humanity who are spitefully flipping the late Ted Kennedy the bird?
The Democrats’ Massachusetts meltdown
by Michelle Malkin
By early afternoon on Tuesday, several hours before the polls closed on the special Senate election in Massachusetts, the Democrats had already thrown in the towel and started throwing punches. At each other. There was more finger-pointing among Bay State and Beltway Democrats than a Three Stooges TV marathon. More back-stabbing than all of the Real Housewives combined.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs confessed that President Obama was “frustrated” and “not pleased” by the closeness of the race after his salvation mission to Boston over the weekend. Operatives lashed out at Democrat candidate Martha Coakley’s listless, gaffetastic campaign. Capitol Hill buzzed with rumors that White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel was blaming the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and liberal pollster Celinda Lake for ignoring electoral alarm bells.
In response, Coakley’s team leaked a memo blasting national Democrats brethren for failing to aid them “until too late.” Another Democratic Party official counter-jabbed to Politico.com that Coakley had “been involved in the worst case of political malpractice in memory.”
On the sidelines, Democrat Rep. Barney Frank took to the airwaves to call for sabotaging Senate rules and ending the filibuster in anticipation of losing the magic 60th vote for the government health care takeover plan. Democrat Rep. Steny Hoyer trotted out the old blame-the-GOP card – incoherently arguing that GOP candidate Scott Brown’s surge among conservatives, independents, and once-reliable rank-and-file Democrat voters in the deep-blue state of Massachusetts was a backlash against Republican obstructionism.
“I think what the public is angry about is they see, first of all, an opposition for opposition’s sake,” Hoyer told reporters in D.C. If Democrats continue to cling to that outer-space nonsense, the shock they will suffer in the November 2010 elections will make January 19 look like a spa day.
GOP candidate Scott Brown’s surge is an unmistakable victory for Tea Party activism. Online fund-raising over the last few weeks buoyed the campaign and put Brown in the national spotlight. Buzz over a possible “Massachusetts Miracle” persuaded national Republican organizations to belatedly transfer funds for phone and mail get-out-the-vote operations targeted at independent voters.
There was nothing particularly “clever” about GOP candidate Scott Brown’s election strategy, as White House senior adviser and Astroturf master David Axelrod put it, or “radical,” as hysterical Massachusetts Democrat Sen. John Kerry put it. Brown ran a simple, mainstream Republican campaign aided by grass-roots support nationwide. The Tea Party movement once derided as “tiny” and “fringe” reportedly filled Brown’s coffers with small donations totaling $1 million a day over the last week, according to TheDailyCaller.com. He didn’t have to solicit their support. He earned it by reflecting the mood of Massachusetts voters who have turned against the Demcare scheme and its backroom deals.
An Army National Guardsman, Brown also drew sharp contrasts between his support for a robust, proactive national security stance and Coakley’s law enforcement approach endorsing civilian trials on American soil for jihadi suspects. Her cluelessness about the presence of Taliban in Afghanistan didn’t help her soft-on-terrorism image.
In short, Brown ran on core issues fiscal responsibility, limited government, and a strong national defense, while appealing to a broader swath of voters by emphasizing integrity, independence, and willingness to stand up to machine politics. After a year’s worth of Democrat stimulus giveaways to cronies, reneging on transparency pledges, and Cash for (fill-in-the-blank) bailouts, voters have had enough of the enablers and water-carriers. Brown channeled the energies of taxpayers of all stripes who are disgusted and angry — yes, ANGRY! – with the culture of corruption Washington. That is how Brown has struck common ground with his i nsurgent center-right-indie coalition: By stepping up to oppose the Dems’ plans to rig the game and undermine representative government, instead of sneering at “Teabaggers.”
While a self-satisfied and entitled Coakley vacationed or partied with D.C. lobbyists, Brown drove around in his GM truck, shaking hands in the cold outside Fenway Park – earning the scorn of Coakley and President Obama, who mocked Brown’s truck six times at the Boston rally this weekend to the delight of blue-nosed Democrats.
Barney Frank griped at the Coakley-Obama rally that Coakley “let it become a personality contest and that was a mistake.” The supreme irony in hearing Beltway Democrats snipe at Coakley over her effete, out-of-touch attitude is that their commander-in-chief at 1600 Pennsylvania suffers the same fatal flaws. Exactly one year after Obama was inaugurated, the Massachusetts meltdown mirrors the White House meltdown. For the sake of their political survival, Democrats need to stop promising change and start promising self-correction.