The Democrats could become the NY Jets of politics. The NY Jets football team took a pounding in the early part of the football season. Then they figured out what was wrong, made changes, and have won something like 8 of their last 9 games including their two playoff games so far.
There is no question that this last loss was bad and embarrassing, not to mention unnecessary. I haven't even visited Free Republic in the last 72 hours because I know what I would find there. They are laughing at us. Rush Limbaugh is laughing at us. That's all OK as far as I am concerned. Let them laugh now. They have given us a golden opportunity. As embarrassing as it is to lose Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts of all places, it is better to lose one senate seat now rather than 12 Senate seats in November.
They still could lose a lot of senate and house seats in November. What this loss should do is to awaken them to that fact, because if things are so bad that they can lose a seat in Massachusetts to the Republicans, they can lose any seat anywhere. Yes, that is how bad things are. Yes, Coakley ran a bad campaign. Even with a bad campaign, we outnumber Republicans 3-1 in Massachusetts. The demographics would make up for either a weak candidate or a bad national situation for Democrats but not both. As I wrote yesterday, if they lost with those demographics, it means they are losing the base nationally.
A MoveOn.org poll http://pol.moveon.org/brownpoll/results.html of Obama voters who voted for Brown and Obama voters who decided to stay home, showed what motivated these voters to cross party lines as they did. Any Democrat who is serious about politics should study that poll and its cross tabs. With that poll, any mystery of why things happened as they did evaporate. Voters are upset about the economy, they think more is being done for wall street than main street and those Democrats and Independents who voted for Obama and turned to Brown or stayed home didn't like the current Health Care Reform bill because it didn't go far enough. Speaking of not going far enough, the consensus of this group is that they are not getting enough change from President Obama.