Thursday, January 14, 2010

On Massachusetts....

I wrote a column last week in which I dismissed the chances of Republican Scott Brown actually winning next Tuesday's Senate special election in Massachusetts. The race would be close, I figured -- 53-47 for Coakley, or something like that -- but the state's blue tint would be just enough to save the Democrats.

I'd now like to qualify that prediction. Coakley's internal poll last night, I've been told, showed her barely ahead, 46 to 44 percent. The momentum clearly favors Brown, and one very smart Massachusetts Democrat I know told me this morning that "this may be too far gone to recover."

So I was wrong: Brown may actually win.

This actually makes the point I was arguing last week -- that the election of a Democratic president and robust Democratic congressional majorities in 2008 essentially ruined a playbook that had worked brilliantly for the party in blue states for the last decade-and-a-half -- even more true.

You can read my entire argument here, but the basic point is that the rise of southern/religious-based conservatism in 1994 -- when Newt Gingrich and the GOP won control of Congress -- triggered an immediate and enduring cultural backlash among swing voters in places like Massachusetts. Before '94, they still saw the GOP (generally) as a big tent party with room for moderate/social libertarian-types. But '94 disabused them of that notion and they stopped even listening to Republican candidates.

I grew up in Massachusetts and remember this transformation well. In the early '90s, the party was ascendant in the state. Bill Weld was elected governor in 1990. Joe Malone won the treasurer's office that year. And Republicans won 16 of 40 seats in the state Senate -- enough to sustain a Weld veto. Then, in 1992, two Republicans won congressional seats. And in '94, there was actually a moment-- just 7 weeks before Election Day -- when Ted Kennedy trailed Mitt Romney in a Senate race.

But those strides were all erased by the Gingrich revolution of '94 -- and then George W. Bush's election in 2000. Since 1996, the Democrats have controlled every congressional seat in the state, with only one close call (a special election in 2007). The GOP has been reduced to just 5 seats in the state Senate and only 16 (out of 160!) in the House of Representatives.

(Yes, Republicans won the gubernatorial elections in 1998 and 2002, but there were extenuating circumstances. Paul Cellucci won in '98 by essentially being more of a Democrat than good-government reformer Scott Harshbarger, who was abandoned in the fall by countless Democratic mayors. And Romney won in 2002 by pretending to be a Weld-like cultural liberal and positioning himself as a responsible check on the Democrats' state government monopoly. What may have put him over the top, though, was the post-9/11 GOP tide of '02, which lifted several blue state Republicans (Carcieri in Rhode Island, Ehrlich in Maryland, Lingle in Hawaii) -- making '02 the only year in the Gringrich/Bush era when blue state voters were receptive to Republicans.)

Anyway, there are lots of reasons why Coakley might lose. She's been a terrible candidate -- absolutely. And her campaign waited much too long to run television ads and engage Brown. And Brown himself has been surprisingly adept --witness his quick retort to David Gergen the other night that "this isn't the Kennedys' seat...it belongs to the people of Massachusetts. She also, I am told, has been negligent at assembling a field operation.

But all of this matters around the edges. Had John McCain been elected last year, then all of the above could still be true -- and Coakley would be winning by 30 points. But with Republicans locked out power in Washington, swing voters in Massachusetts -- and every other blue state -- are, for the first time since 1994, ready to blame their problems on Democrats and use the GOP as a protest vehicle. And with 10 percent unemployment, voters have a lot of anger to vent.

Here's a pre-emptive plea, though: Let's not overreact to a Brown win -- or to a series of Brown-like wins by Republicans this fall. This will probably be a very good year for the GOP. But their "revival" will only last as long as the economy is in the tank.

185 comments:

Burnsy said...

Coakley's mistake was deciding the seat was hers because she's a Democrat and a household name. She campaigned for the nomination and then decided to disappear and let her name and party do the heavy lifting.

When a poll showed last week that they were neck and neck, she decided to kick things up a notch....by running a series of negative campaign ads that further alientated independents.

It also seems like she wants the job because it's the next step in her career, not because she cares about making her mark or at least carrying on the Kennedy legacy.

She's been an absolute disaster and as well as Brown is running, Coakley has done more damage to her chances.

Anonymous said...

so who would you vote for steve?

Anonymous said...

becuase by every account Brown is the one who should be elected in my book

Anonymous said...

"For the first time since 1994, ready to blame their problems on Democrats and use the GOP as a protest vehicle. And with 10 percent unemployment, voters have a lot of anger to vent."
You're missing the point. It’s not just the economy. That's part of the reason but not all. This is where dems are going to bungle the 2010 elections - generally speaking, they are out of touch.
1. Its healthcare. Poll after poll suggests the American people want nothing to do with the legislation in Congress. While pieces of it do have some support, many want Congress to return to the drawing board and start over.
2. It’s out of control deficit spending. A $1.4 trillion deficit in the Obama's first year and already 6% higher in the first few months of the second.
3. It’s the wreckless handling of National Security / Foreign Policy. Everything from cow-towing to dictators to closing Gitmo to giving rights and trying terrorists in the U.S. Court system.
4. It’s the many lies. Line by line budget vetoes. Broken Promise. US unemployment will not rise above 8%. Wow, was that wrong. Lobbyists / special interests won't control Washington. Broken Promise. Cut the deficit by 50% in first term. Not a chance that's going to happen. No pork barrel spending. 8,000 earmarks in the Omnibus bill. There are too many to list.

Martha Coakley is a poor candidate, to be sure. But this election is going to serve as a referendum against the current establishment and of things to come in November. I hope the dems have the wherewithal to pick their heads up, look around and realize the voters are not happy with their performance thus far.

A Future Metaphysician said...

I'll be the first to attribute a Coakley loss to staggering arrogance plus incompetence. Scott Brown has campaigned REALLY well, and Coakley has made every blunder I can think of... up to and including dissing Fenway Park.

I don't think a Brown win would predict a GOP sweep next fall--but it might CAUSE one. If Obama loses his 60-vote supermajority, he must either try to ram health care through before Brown can be seated, ram the Cadillac tax through the House as is, or let health care go and admit that he's wasted the first year of his presidency. Any one of those could have disastrous political consequences, making a bad year for Democrats that much worse.

My guess at the moment, having lived for 20 years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and after reading a lot of comments on the articles in the Hub newspapers is...

(a) Brown will win,
(b) The DNC will blame the loss on another "Deeds-like" candidate,
(c) In response, Democrats will do something stupid involving health care, and
(d) A likely loss of 3-5 seats in the Senate will go up to 5-8.

Brian Wilson said...

"becuase by every account Brown is the one who should be elected in my book"

I count one account - the one in your book, a book likely riddled with spelling errors just like your post. Good work, you!

Anonymous said...

Some of the union-funded negative ads against Brown make no sense. One flays him for being against ObamaCare(which most voters are as well), and for questioning "global warming" (which most voters do as well). It's as if the Dems woke up and thought they were in 2006.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you are writing for Republicans. I wouldn't worry about them getting to excited, Cloakley is going to win and Massachusetts will send Brown packing.

Anonymous said...

Any voter who blames the Democrats over the unemplyment rate, the lack of progress on health care, and this economy is ignorant of the facts. We are still in a recovery mode brought about by Republicans.

Anonymous said...

Funny, when Bush won in 2000 the economy was in a tailspin with the dot-com bust, and then we had the economic slide caused by 9/11. Yet, cutting taxes stimulated the economy and brought us out of the recession. We were doing very well by 2003, and up until 2006, when the Dems re-took the Congress. After a couple years of DISASTROUS policy decisions, including the revised mark-to-markdown rule that forced otherwise-solvent banks into insolvency, the Dems succeeded in triggering a recession that was conveniently timed for the '08 election cycle. They took back the White House and now they own everything. Here we are, a year later, and how are things looking under complete Democrat control of the federal government? Miserable, that's how, because the Dems do not understand economics and keep staying stuck on stupid. I hope Scott Brown wins, because Massachusetts deserves better than Martha Coakley and the country deserves better, too.

Angela Warner said...

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Anonymous said...

No what they are blaming the democrats for is a Health Care that is going to cost us Trillions of dollars. Maybe just maybe Obama outlook or lack there of is why Coakley is doing as poorly as she is. I mean this is Massachusetts and the race should not be within 10% and instead is within margin or error of most polls.

Remember Independents are solidly in Brown's corner which should concern those democrats looking towards 2010 mid terms.

GOP Thinker said...

"Let's not overreact to a Brown win..."

So if a Republican gets elected in a true blue state to a seat once held by the "Liberal Lion", Ted Kennedy, you believe that it's nothing for conservatives to get excited about?

Steve, that line alone proves what a buffoon you are...

Anonymous said...

Steve, remember that it was largely the Dems in congress who pushed the banks and encouraged Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to make liar loans to people who basically could not afford them. This started with Carter in 1977 and grew under Clinton. In 2005 when the Bush Admin tried to reform Fannie Mae, it was the Dems like Barney Frank and Chris Dodd who "protected" them and blocked reform.
We also know the Dems think government creates , but wealth is created in the private economy while bloated government consumes wealth. The taxes on individuals and the private economy pays for the govt. jobs.

Anonymous said...

You are missing one major point about the GOP revival - and its more than the economy. Its due to the radical and statist/Markist ideology of the Obama administration. We are an individualist society - not collectivist (read socialistic). This is what Americans are revolting against and will continue to even if the economy improves.

NU'69 said...

There is no GOP revival. The party is still totally innept. It has done nothing to account for the current political situation. After not having voted in some years, I will be voting anti-Dem this year, but it won't be a positive vote for the GOP.

What is going on is that the Dems have adopted the same formula for political suicide that the GOP has followed since at least 1996. Both parties are almost totally captive of their special interests and increasingly narrow bases.

Anonymous said...

Another journalist who is clueless. Dems lose Mass... it is curtains for them.

Anonymous said...

"Brian Wilson said...
'becuase by every account Brown is the one who should be elected in my book'

I count one account - the one in your book, a book likely riddled with spelling errors just like your post. Good work, you!"
=========================
I guess a pompous pedant like you would gladly vote to change the state's name to "Massachusettes". Good work, Brian!

Anonymous said...

Anyone who calls someone else a "pompous pedant", clearly IS a pompous pedant!

Anonymous said...

You were wrong about Brown's chances, and you are wrong about this resurgence as well. Typical of people like yourself to underestimate the opponent. People are not against Obama as much as the secretive and anti-American Senate at this point in time. Anyone with half a brain realizes that Brown will win because it is the crucial 41st vote against health care. Yes, some people back the man for other reasons, but his "moneybombs" and resurgence is for that reason.

Will the Republicans pick up a number of seats in the fall? Yes, this will happen because of the anti-American contempt that the democrats in congress hold toward their constituents. As a result, many long time members will retire or be voted down. They sold it all on health care, and they will now lose their seats for it.

Now, I am a Republican, but I realize that if the Republicans act like they did in 1994 or under George Bush where they accomplish nothing of value, they will be voted out and the cycle will reverse back to the democrats, but it has become increasingly obvious that the toilet bowl of the Democrat party needs to be flushed, and people will do us the service over the next few years.

Gary H. said...

Looks like being wrong is going to become more of a habit for you Steve

Anonymous said...

It's about the economy, unemployment, pork barrel spending, bad bills, elitist politicians who are deaf to their constituents. It's about America being a centerist nation. It's about people abandoning party for ideals. It's about putting brakes upon stupidity.

It's about balance. The Dems have made the same mistake that the Reps did in 2004 when they thought a simple majority was a sweeping mandate.

Only this time, the country is running out of money and patience.

Anonymous said...

You mean 2004, if the Republicans offered up something like a new contract with america like back in 1994 where they commited to vote a certain way on legislation they would gain my vote.

bob d said...

So funny, the Dems said that Virginia was a poor run campaign, New Jersey was just a blip in a blue state and now if the bluest of blue vote for Republican Brown, it is not an indicator of the 2010 elections??? Keep talking about the blips and the poor run campaigns and how this is not about Obama while the party crashes and burns. The progressives are staying home because they realize that it was not "Change they believe in" and the independents are scared of Obama's policies, which by the way, Obama's policies and Obama are exactly the same no matter how the party tries to seperate them. This is the start of heading back to the wilderness, enjoy.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Brown will win because he is a better candidate. I give the guy credit for being just a pretty straight forward person. There's something creepy about Coakley like she is disconnected from normal people. And while Brown has been hitting the streets, Coakley went down to DC to get $$$ fundraising just this week. I don't know either one personally, but from a distance, Brown just seems more approachable and kind. Coakley seems snobbish and bothered. So I'm voting for the regular guy, and hoping that he will kill the current HC bill.

Anonymous said...

Wake and grow up, Konracki...stop making excuses for your poor assessments. We're in the midst of the most remarkable political collapse in modern American history. Stop arguing nuance and deal with the fundamental fact that the Democratic Party of today is too far to the left for the majority of Americans. November 2008 was nothing more than social flatulence, and people are starting to smell the stink.

2010 and 12 cannot come soon enough.

Anonymous said...

The fundamental problem with Steve's theme that Dems win until they win big & advance the liberal vision is that it tends to show the majority of voters are not aligned with the Dem's vision. They revolt when that vision gets close to becoming reality. All else is mere commentary on the horserace of the day, which is fine if you make your living in politics but irrelevant to the vast majority of us who don't.

Anonymous said...

Keep making fun of the people concerned about to much government. I knew Americans would wake up. We don't like people telling us what to think, feel and do! On the other hand, this is why the Europeans love Obama.

Frank J Betts said...

You are a brilliant - let me think, now - hhhmmmmmm -

Anonymous said...

I defy anyone to construct a scenario that would be more disastrous to the Democrats in general and Obama in particular.

Go on, name a state... a prominent incumbent... a time... a platform... ANYTHING that could possible eclipse the staggering defeat a Brown win would mean to the majority party.

Do I think MA is turning red, or even purple? No. But this situation has already shown that the Democratic machine is mortal, fallible and beatable, even on its own turf.

And when you're pretending to be a god, the one thing you cannot afford to appear is mortal.

dellbabe68 said...

A Repub comeback will continue until Dems realize that people are extremely dissatisfied with bailouts, ever-increasing spending, the larger-than-ever role of government they seem to be wedded to, the lack of understanding about the threat we face by terrorists and the fact that Pres. Obama is completely out of his league on facing foreign policy decisions.

Anonymous said...

Ha Ha ha Ha. You are so funny.

Scott in Central Mass. said...

So when do the democrats start to over react? They said that Virginia and New Jersey were also just isolated losses too. VOTE BROWN!

sanityinjection said...

I think one could equally make the opposite argument - that it was the 2008 election which represents the fluke, with people suddenly ready to take a chance on a non-mainstream candidate (Obama) when the economy tanked one month before the election.

The truth is, despite everyone trying hard to pretend to the contrary, nobody knows what is going to happen in November 2010 and nobody knows what will happen beyond that. There is too much space for major things to happen between now and then that can have a dramatic effect on voter behavior. Maybe we could benefit from not trying so hard to predict political victories years in advance and focus more on issues.

loustein said...

The major problem is that none of the candidates want to talk to the public as adults. Both candidates are telling half truths to get elected. Coakley is swaying from one position to another. Brown really isn't a maverick and is a pretty typical Republican torch bearer. I can't imagining him voting outside that framework. Brown comes across as a nice guy and Coakley seems to follow the Kerry Healy and Shannon O'Brian model of running a really rotten campaign.

The problem is that both Republicans and Democrats have taken us to this point. One of the biggest expansion of an entitlement was during the G.W.Bush namely Medicare/Drug benefit. Let Corporatism run wild and totally destroy economy. Spend a whole year dealing anything but the really elephant in the room; hoping..waiting for the public to cool off. Unfortunately, that has not happened. Huge deficit spending and no mechanism to balance the budget.

Nobody likes paying taxes. Brown keeps harping increase taxes. Okay point me to the money tree ...so can pay for roads, schools, health care, and all the things people expect government to do. Or make intelligent suggestions on how to rein in all this spending.

The most telling thing about Brown. He was asked if a bipartisan commission recommended a tax increase because there is no other way to cut spending -- Would he, Scott Brown vote for it. His answer was no...so much for maverick or making any hard decisions. Unfortunately, Democrats know how to pick out a candidate lemon from primary basket.

Anonymous said...

I believe this is what you call "whistling past the graveyard."

Anonymous said...

Yes, if McCain had won, Coakley would be winning by 30 points.

That's why I voted for Obama.

Anonymous said...

The Democrats have the strange notion that they can give the finger to the American people and the people will kiss their feet in gratitude.

walter hanson said...

Okay lots of rewriting of history here.

First of all Cockley has turned out to be a terrible candidate and gets worse each based on what I have been hearing, but what would've a dream candidate have done besides campaign harder and show he or she wanted to be the Senator (though that has given Brown the door to win). More stimlus money! Higher taxes. The public knows that doesn't work.


To that person who claimed he was a Republican and they did nothing in 1994 that was a joke!

The Republicans had the tough budget fight which forced President Clinton on to the path for the balanced budgets we had in the late 1990's.

The Republicans forced President Clinton to sign welfare reform. Obama unlike President Clinton cares more about the agenda than getting elected to the second term.

Steve check the poll data. The United States is a country that is prolife and leans conservative. So just saying the Republicans have tuned people out by being pro-life is a joke. Bob Casey and Ben Nelson claimed they passed a pro-life compromise in the Senate. It was the pro-choice gift because it gave the pro-choice community everything that it has.

And if this is such a fluke how come your governor is losing by 20% in the polls.

The biggest thing that is going to advance conservativism and hence the Republican party is we have gotten to the point where the government can't afford the programs that they have been doing for year. California has proven that point and it's been run by liberal democrats for years (and yes Arnold is a liberal democrat and doesn't have the brain to admit it)

The reason why the Republicans got killed in 2006 was they had walked away from Republican values. They were doing out of control spending, they were talking about legalizing immigration, etc. They ran a candidate in 2008 who is a democrat.

The fight since 2009 has been to reclaim the Republican party and American ideas. We're getting there!

Walter Hanson
Minneapolis, MN

Anonymous said...

I think Coakley will win this election. Massachusetts hasn't elected a Republican Senator in many decades, and I wouldn't bet much on any Republican victory in the Bay State. Sure, Republicans win some local races, and occasionally elect a fiscally conservative Republican governor, but most people in this state do not want a right-wing U.S. Senator. Remember Ray Shamie? He couldn't even win on Ronald Reagan's coattails.
Coakley is struggling because the Democratic base is dissapointed in Obama. Many voters here are angry because the stimulus package was insufficient, big banks were bailed out instead of Main Street, and pending health care legislation cut out the public option. Why would these people want to suddenly vote Republican? Why would they want to reward the Senate obstructionists by electing another one?If Obama were more populist and progressive he would be wildly popular in Massachusetts, and Coakley would be headed for a landslide.

Anonymous said...

This commentary and the attempts to premtively explain away a potential Coakly loss are all non-sense.

I live in one of the bluest sections of Pennsylvania, in a city that hasn't elected any Republican for 60 years; if I had a dollar for everytime I've heard someone say they'll never vote for another Democrat in the past six months I'd be sending a substantial donation to Scott Brown's campaign.

This race is as much, if not more so, about how the public perceives the Democrats as it is about the candidates themselves.

The draconian way Pelosi, Reid and Obama have weilded their power has exposed them as something quite undesirable in many people's eyes. The entire leadership's refusal to listen to constituents and their willingness to attack and demonize anyone who disagrees with them has radically altered the public's perception of the party and it won't change anytime soon.

With Nancy Pelosi's totaliterian leanings on display nearly everyday most people I know, and that's almost entirely life long Democrats, see the party and imminent threat to their liberties and way of life.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Coakley,

We are going to refocus on States Rights. Let them decide if they want to kill babies or allow same sex marriages. We will not force our ideas on Massachusetts - nor will we, or you, finically support any of those choices we make as conservatives in our states. The reason they lib's lost in 94 was Guns and Taxes. The reason they will lose now? Because they are liberals. Liberalism not just retarded, but extremely expensive. That why would you spend $250,000.00 to kill one terrorist, but spend $40,000,000 to give three a trial in NYC?




Joe

Anonymous said...

So the GOP will only win while the economy's down? Sounds like Tim Pawlenty should start measuring for new drapes at the White House.

Bob L said...

Spin all you want, Steve, but Dems & Obamas numbers are terrible because they've done a terrible job.

Healthcare bill? A solid majority oppose it. Most of those oppose it strong, and only a few support it.

Blatently bribing senators and unions to get a bill past? Doubt you'll find anyone who will admit to strongly supporting that.

Promising to air negotiations on C-SPAN then reneging? Not a lot of fans of that move on either side of the aisle.

Cash for clunkers? $130,000 per extra car sold (Edmunds). A major failure. (Can't wait till someone tallies the real estate numbers--will be even worse).

Stimulus package? It's been 8 months and less than 20% of the money's been spent. Another failure.

Cap and trade? Look at the numbers on people willing to pay an extra $100 a year to reduce carbon emissions--it's in the teens.

Obama's foriegn policy successes?

Iran: nope
North Korea: nope
Russia: give them what they want, get nothing in return.
Iraq: identical policy to Bush
Afganistan: Dither for a few months, then adopt a surge--the same strategy he wouldn't support in Iraq even after it proved successful.


I'm glad the left doesn't yet recognize that the source of these defeats is their "leadership", which can be summed up in one word: Disaster.

Keep making excuses and don't let the screen door hit you as you leave the halls of power. No fan of the Republican mismanagement over the last 8 years, but the current bunch makes them look like geniuses.

John from Liberal Rapture said...

The denial mechanism of Obama supporters is astounding. Blame Coakley. Blame southern Republicans. Blame Clinton is next I'm sure. The issue is Obama and healthcare. People do not want the HC bill and people blame Obama for spending too much. Liberals and Democrats in general better get it through their heads that Obama IS the problem. Not Deeds, not Coakley. Obama.

Anonymous said...

The real message here is that Obama and the Dems in Congress are too liberal even for liberal Massachusetts. This year's elections are going to be a bloodbath against the Democrats, and deservedly so.

Anonymous said...

So sorry Steve! No more tingle up your and Chris Matthews legs?

Anonymous said...

Steve.
Let's review the one significant fact you left out of your story. The. People. Of. Massachusets. Don't. Want. Your. Crummy. Partisan. Health. Care. Bill.
Or your crummy partisan cap n trade bill. Or the purchase of GM. Or spending our money on banks that hoard it and won't lend it. Or trying to socialize our society. Get ready for 2010, cuz it seems like you're still in denial, son!

Anonymous said...

wow is this guy vindictive or what...

Anonymous said...

Steve that is

Anonymous said...

Steve K,

You have it all wrong. Scott Brown has run this campaign on three issues that constitute a referendum on the Democratic agenda:

1) Promising to vote AGAINST Health Reform
2) Treating terrorists as enemy combatants, not US citizens
3) Using a tax cut for stimulus instead of hand outs to special interests groups (ie cash for clunkers, auto bail out, etc).

Brown doesn't even need to win for this point to come across: Obama's agenda is out of step with Americans - even in the Bluest of Blue states.

Anonymous said...

Keep drinking the kool aid Steve. Massachusetts is no more representative of the electorate of the country than Utah is. The amazing thing is Brown may well win in Massachusetts.Can you imaginge Barney Frank winning in Utah? Democrats have a problem in that they are socialist. Americans don't like it regardless of if you label it socialism, progressiveism or any other ism. Doubt it? Run Chucky Schumer, Barney Frank or Coakley against any prominent conservative and see who wins the presidency.

Anonymous said...

Yes, Coakley has not run a good campaign and Scott Brown has, but Mr. Kornacki has missed the point. Bob McDonnell won a landslide gubernatorial victory in Virginia, a state with a sitting Democratic governor that went for Obama in 2008; and Chris Christie won his race in the deep blue state of New Jersey.

Excuses about a poor campaign don't hold water. Brown will win because the people are afraid of what a Democratic President and Democratic Congress are doing to this country now and what they plan to do if left unchecked.

And it is not just about unemployment. It is about a very unpopular healthcare plan, cap and trade, impending new taxes, massive deficit spending, opposition to providing constitutional rights to foreign terrorists with trials in civilian courts, and a recovery that is stalled not inspite of but because of Obama and Congress. The list goes on and goes far beyond the unemployment rate.

Any comments on the Democratic "revival" Steve, which is about to come to an end. The American people are just beginning to realize that the lack of recovery is because of Democratic policies and not despite these policies. In 2010, the voters will make this clear to the Democrats, although I am not at all confident the Democrats will be listening.

D in Detroit said...

I can't vote with my friends in Mass., which is too bad, because I'd love to be among the Americans who beyond all reasonable doubt are firing a warning shot over the bow of the S.S. Obama-Pelosi-Reid. If Brown wins, you'll be able to spot the voices of denial and mindless fealty to the Democrats in every dismissive "she was a bad candidate with an awful campaign " and "this wasn't about Obama and the current Democrat Congress" editorial or comment.

If I had to bet, I'd probably still put money on Coakley, because the chicanery and muscle of the Mass. and Boston Dem. machines know no bounds. Seriously, if you've studied Mass. politics, you know the score: it makes Tammany Hall look like a scrapbooking club. But more telling than the predictable recriminations from Dem. operatives and flacks like Kornacki, should Brown be elected, is that last thought in this piece: that Republicans, even if they surge now and in Nov. 2010, will last last only until the economy recovers. Hmm. Mightn't they be given some of the credit for the recovery? Mightn't the voters command of "Stop!" to the Democrats be seen as a timely masterstroke of democracy in action? Mightn't strong fiscal conservatism, forceful advocacy for American interests abroad, and a more laissez-faire social policy mix help a "reformed" Republican party really start to accomplish something -- and get at least some of the credit? I'd think so. Steve, there's one thing more dangerous than trying to fool other people with a column, and that's fooling yourself.

Anonymous said...

I keep hearing how tax cuts are going to solve all of our problems...but this never seems to play out in reality. The Bush tax cuts were some of the largest on record...total jobs produced 2.5 million over the term of his presidency..and a major portion of this increase was government jobs. For comparison, in the Clinton years 23 million jobs were produced...and people classify him as a tax raising, liberal SOB.

The last "stimulus" bill was made up of 35-40% tax cuts...total jobs produced according to the naysayers...none.

Finally everyone wants low taxes...but they also want roads, schools and a military. Suppporting military spending alone requires each American to pay about $2,700 in taxes per year. A family of four would need to pay ~$10,000 per year. Now how many of you out there paying $10,000 in federal taxes each year? As a hint...you as head of household have to report an income of $60,600 on line 43 of your tax return. The median Household income in the US is ~$50,000...so a huge chunk of the population doesnt even pay enough federal taxes to account for military spending alone

When you are willing to lay out specifics as to what you will cut from the federal budget, and pay your fair share...then you can complain. Until then quit parroting political talking points!

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