Scott Brown has defeated Martha Coakley to become the junior Senator for the People's Republic of Taxachusetts. This is a major victory, and yet another referendum on Barack Obama and democratic party policies. The dem hacks and spinmeisters will deny it; they will try to explain Coakley's defeat away, and do their level-best to ensure that the general public doesn't realize that the Anointed One just got kicked squarely in the scrotum.
Tomorrow morning, the Democratic Party Titanic Team will take the nation's temperature (which means they'll read what Tom Friedman and Maureen Dowd have to say because they are certainly representative of the average American, no?), and then they'll make a crucial decision. You, the General Public, will know which decision was made depending on which talking points you hear on the morning news shows.
If you hear "the American people have spoken, and we've heard. We'll go back to the drawing board on Healthcare, and some of these other issues, and we'll focus like a laser beam on the economy..." then you'll know the decision to about face has been taken. It will be an admission that the democrats have, indeed, decided to abandon ideology for the more banal purpose of simply remaining in power. For some democrats in dicey districts, this will come too little and too late, but the great mass should survive, since the average American has an attention span measured in RPM's and won't remember this come November. Still the faint aroma of insincerity will signal that Obamacare, and much else, has been defeated. Perhaps forever, but certainly at least until democrats can safely sneak it's provisions into a million other bills without anyone noticing or raising too much of a fuss.
If, on the other hand, you hear "...this is in no way a reflection on the President, or his policies, and he will continue to fight the good fight for...", then you'll know the dems have decided to double-down, and you should start stockpiling canned goods and ammunition, because they intend to take this to the mat. They're going to go down with this ship, and they won't care who they take with them.
Of course this is about Obama. Maybe not him personally, but it's difficult to separate the man from the policies (just ask GWB). He ran on a platform of "Hope and Change", and he gave us communism and Chicago-style-strongarm-and-crony politics. Before it became legal under the Obama/Reid/Pelosi regime to openly bribe Senators and Labor Unions with taxpayer money, perhaps the worst thing we ever had to worry about was that a US Senator might solicit sex in an airport men's room. Now, we may have to consider the possibility of a US Senator (literally?) sleeping with the fishes for not playing ball with Boss Barry.
I'd say we were lied to, wouldn't you? Well, not me, because I didn't vote for the dipshit in the first place. I'm talking about the aging hippies who thought it would be so cool, finally, to vote for a black man, and the black folks who thought a brother in the White House meant everyone got "hooked up", or the dippy-braindead-latte-drinkers who hear the mantra of "Peace" and fawned all over Barry because it meant they would be spared the Draft (which was certainly coming, you know, despite the fact the military -- fighting in two wars simultaneously -- doesn't even want), which really cuts into your X-box, Hacky Sack and Facebook time. "Peace" to them simply means "I skate on the responsibility thing yet one more time..."
Well, Scott Brown, and Chris Christie and that other guy in Virginia (who's name I can't be bothered to look up right now) are a repudiation of Barack Obama, his policies, and the democratic (small 'd' intentional) party. Don't believe what Lanny Davis and Susan Estrich will be trying to sell you tomorrow; they'll be getting paid, extremely well, to go out and be brazenly dishonest in front of the television cameras. They'll try to dress this one up, but to quote Barry himself "you can't put a new shade of lipstick on this pig..."
Democratic fortunes are dropping faster than a prom dress. Only people as committed (and dumb) as Janeane Garofalo and Keith Olbermann could miss it. Irish Setters have more sense than those two.
But, republicans shouldn't get cocky; there's still 9+ months until November, and they have work to do, as well. After all, it was stupid republicans who handed the country to the Obama/Reid/Pelosi Cerberus in the first place. If you think you're going to win with "Hey! We're not as bad as the other guys!", then think again.
Tomorrow morning should be loads of fun. I can hear the knives being sharpened now...