Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Ted Kennedy's Senate Seat Goes Republican

Several things happened here.

The Massachusetts Democrat Party assumed that any Dem they ran would win and no further effort was necessary. That was a huge fucking arrogant mistake and miscalculation.

Health Care Reform was Ted Kennedy's passion.

The irresistible catnip of disrupting the Dems health care reform plan by replacing Teddy Kennedy's Senate seat with a young, inexperienced, hunky, Playgirl centerfold Republican was a Perfect Storm of grass roots mobilization. Massachusetts Republicans and Independents saw an opportunity to send a message to power-drunk Democrats.

I don't really have a problem with this. Sorry to disappoint.

I think that either party having a filibuster-proof majority is dangerous.

Our Democratic-Republic is best served when both parties have equal sway.

"Absolute power corrupts absolutely" is a cliche because, like all cliches, it's true!

Obama had a year to ram through what he could. He did the best he could. The next 7 years will be politics as usual.


m.v. said...

Sure you have a problem,otherwise you wouldn't call him "young" (he is 6 years younger than the other candidate,but still 50 years old),"inexperienced" (he had some kind of political career since 1992,law school,30 years and a rank in National Guard),etc.Ted Kennedy was elected when he was 30,talk about young and inexperienced ,elected on nothing but his last name. But you are right,democratic party sold you out and this election is a good thing for everybody.

emawkc said...

"The next 7 years will be politics as usual."

Unless something drastic happens, I agree. I've been saying as much since November of 2009.

Hope and change, indeed.

I Travel for JOOLS said...

The message was, "Don't shove huge, invasive, expensive programs packed with special interest bribes down our throats while hiding how you are screwing us behind closed doors."

And, you are absolutely correct about filibuster proof majorities. But, I don't necessarily agree that it will be politics as usual for the next 7 years. I believe both dem and repub legislators will knock themselves out to work in the spirit of cooperation for all to see because they are worried about their own asses. Any other approach will be suicidal.
Obama has the choice to be leader of that steady ship, or he'll only have 3 more years.

Hyperblogal said...

I think this election result shows that the people are pretty much fed up with everyone in D.C. Truthfully there is only one party in Washington and that's the party of incumbency.. there won't be regulation of Wall Street from either side because it's a great source of campaign contributions. It's to hell with America I need to keep my job. What we need right now is a new political party whose members will work for us and not the special interest groups.