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There must be some Democrats secretly happy that Republican MA Senator-elect Scott Brown won yesterday. Brown’s victory goes a long way toward getting the Obama healthcare monkey off their back, even allowing them to shift blame to the GOP as being the “party of no.”
brown victory.jpgThroughout the past year Republican politicians seem to have reacquainted themselves with their own platform. Will they continue going back to basics, their roots? /Are they growing stronger backbones? They need to do a better job getting their ideas out for healthcare reform.
We’ve discussed before that while MSM likes to focus on ideological differences in the Republication Party, the fact is these are much more pronounced in the Democrat Party. From Politico, this morning…

Republican Scott Brown’s eye-opening victory in MA Tuesday has unmistakably framed the problem for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party:
The same forces of disgust with establishment politicians and hunger for change in Washington that vaulted Obama to power 14 months ago can be harnessed with equal success by people who want to stop his agenda in its tracks.

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The argument that will now consume Democrats is over the remedy – a disagreement that once again opens up the party’s ideological gulf and vastly complicates Obama’s task in trying to push his signature health care agenda to final passage.
Is the MA humiliation a sign that Obama and congressional Democrats should embrace the inevitability of mortal conflict with Republicans and respond with a sharper, and more combative policy and political message? Even before Democrat Martha Coakley’s defeat became official, some liberal voices on Capitol Hill and others close to the White House were urging exactly that.
Many moderates were urging the opposite, arguing that when Democrats lose a Senate seat that for nearly 50 years belonged to the late Edward Kennedy they should know they are badly estranged from the center of public opinion.
What neither side disputes is that the MA results are directly relevant to Obama.

That itself is a sign of Democrats coming to grips with a problem that began emerging last summer, when polls showed independent voters taking flight from Democrats. Even so, after Republicans in November won off-year gubernatorial elections in NJ and VA – 2 -states that Obama won a year earlier – WH officials responded with happy talk, saying these were strictly the result of local conditions and weak candidates.
There is some of that going on in Massachusetts, as WH aides have made it clear they think Coakley was a clumsy candidate who could not connect with voters and that the operatives around her were sluggish in responding to signs of trouble.
But there is little denying that Coakley’s embarrassment is also Obama’s embarrassment.
He campaigned personally for her – just as he did for losing candidates in NJ and VA – and for the 3rd time in a row his personal appeals fell flat.
Nor can Democratic sympathizers explain the results with arcane political arguments, such as that Republicans do better in low turnout off-year and special elections. To the contary, the drama over a Democrat struggling to retain Kennedy’s seat brought the most voters to the polls in a non-presidential election in MA since 1990, the Associated Press reported.
What’s more, both the appeal of Brown’s rhetoric and the changed arithmetic caused by his election – Democrats lost their 60th Senate vote and their filibuster-proof majority – call into question the WH’s “big bang” strategy of passing broad economic, health, and environmental reforms in its 1st year. The latter 2 of these may stall in the wake of MA….

[Top photo via Politico; MA graphic via TwitPic; bottom photo via friend Tom W.]

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