Monday, November 1, 2010

It's Not The Economy, Stupid.

Before Obama even has a chance to pour a forty on the curb for his fallen Dems-in-arms, the media's meme will already be hardened like concrete, "The economy was so bad there was nothing Democrats could have done." And in their minds, that is the only reason. That's weird, because they had quite a bit of forewarning that it was everything but the economy. Every time they proposed new legislation, they had pushback that was well-documented by polls that what they were doing was wrong, and yet they didn't seem to care. Keep in mind that until recently, pollsters still showed that more people blamed Bush than Obama for the poor economy, and yet the Democrats numbers have been falling since May of 2009. That's when the American people started to get a good look at the liberal agenda of spend-and-don't-stop-till-someone-kicks-us-out-of-office. They could have been tipped off when Democrats in Virginia and New Jersey lost to fiscally conservative Republicans, but they weren't. When Scott Brown won in deep blue Massachusetts, the writing was on the wall. From Rasmussen via Hotair, "Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters in the state say health care was the most important factor in their voting decision. Brown made it clear in the closing days of the campaign that he intended to go to Washington to vote against the health care plan proposed by President Obama and congressional Democrats." How obvious was it? Here's since-retired Senator Evan Bayh's take,
"Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party.
“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”
What is the lesson of Massachusetts – where Democrats face the prospects of losing a Senate seat they’ve held since 1952? For Senator Bayh the lesson is that the party pushed an agenda that is too far to the left, alienating moderate and independent voters.
“It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message,” he said. “They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.”
But clearly, he was the only one, no? It's not like anyone else saw this coming, right?
"Congressional strategists had warned in the closing days of the Massachusetts Senate race that a Coakley defeat had the potential to trigger a series of retirements within the Democratic ranks as members flee a political wave that could wash out dozens in the House and high single digits on the Senate side.
"My message to my clients? Jump ship now," said one Democratic operative who advises a number of targeted Members of Congress. "Obama can't help you."
Whoops, I guess everyone saw it coming. And yet they went full speed ahead anyway, which makes Democrats who lose tomorrow and in 2012 more like sacrificial lambs to a freaked out liberal agenda than accidental victims of the economy. Just like the rest of us.

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