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.
One of the suggestions I wrote about yesterday is that they ditch the current Health Care bill and go with Medicare for all through reconciliation. One of my friends was concerned about that because we are beginning an election year and there is a very small window for completing any work on Health Care Reform before election season begins. Here is the solution, H.R. 676. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/billtext.xpd?bill=h111-676
This bill is ready to go, it is only 20 pages long and everyone knows and understands what Medicare is. Representative Weiner offered Republicans in congress the chance to privatize Medicare via a bill a few months ago and they declined. Congressional Republicans must like Medicare. The idea of government run Health Care Reform isn't THAT upsetting to them. That is an argument that is easy to make. The whole bill is an argument that is easy to make. The bill should be sent to the CBO for immediate scoring and then rushed through the reconciliation process. Game, set, and 51 Democratic senators later (no need for Republicans, Lieberman, Nelson or any other blue dogs. If they want to vote for it, they are of course welcome to do so) match.
Because its important, I want to reiterate the other items I mentioned yesterday http://www.opednews.com/articles/Coakley-Loss-Massive-Blow-by-Steven-Leser-100119-207.html that I believe the Obama administration needs to do right now:
- Bring back the CCC or a modern equivalent and put people back to work by any means necessary.
...Take a page from FDR and give people jobs.
- Kill DOMA and Don't Ask Don't Tell via Executive Order
...The Gay community is an important and sizeable piece of the Democratic base. Do this for them and you will see a huge amount of energy come back, I promise you.
...Update: The way to do this with DOMA is with a Presidential finding that says that DOMA is unenforceable due to Equal Protection issues.
- Bring some top people into the administration who know how to get things done.
" If I were President Obama, I would offer someone like a James Carville anything and everything to come in and straighten things out.