Dems press ahead with agenda even as the votes are counted 

Liberal Democrats have done the impossible twice in just three months. First, they lost a statewide race in New Jersey. Now, they’ve lost Massachusetts.

We’ve learned quickly that the 2008 election of Barack Obama was not a generational political shift, but voters’ hasty attempt to get beyond the disastrous presidency of George W. Bush. They took a chance on a charismatic novice. One year later, they regret it.

If liberals don’t look in the mirror, see the painted bull’s-eyes and mend their ways, their blood will line the walls in November.

As incredible as Republican Scott Brown’s victory was in Tuesday’s Massachusetts Senate election, consider the recent Rasmussen poll showing that Americans outside the Bay State were watching, rooting for him by a 15-point margin.

As he traveled the state in his pickup truck, promising to kill health care reform, political nobody Brown became an unlikely symbol of the majority opposition and popular anger that has sprung up among independent voters in response to Obama’s arrogance.

The White House’s defenders argue, with some merit, that Martha Coakley was an arrogant candidate who took victory for granted. Instead of pressing flesh with voters in the last week of the campaign, she traveled to a frou-frou Washington, D.C., wine bar, where health care lobbyists who wrote Obamacare threw her a “Welcome to Washington” fundraising party.

She said in a debate that there were no more terrorists in Afghanistan. She called Curt Schilling a Yankees’ fan.

But this election was about much more than Coakley’s shortcomings. It was about an arrogant Democratic Party leadership that wants an unpopular, dramatic overhaul of health care, regardless of what voters think.

If Coakley’s foibles put Scott Brown over the finish line, it was because the Senate’s corrupt sweetheart deals on health care helped put him within striking distance.

This election also was about an arrogant president who entered office with the mistaken belief that he could solve the world’s problems if only he, in his brilliance, could sit down and talk with the bad guys over a beer.

With Brown’s victory, Obama’s big plans die. He will never have a more favorable Congress than the one he just lost — the one that barely passed the first draft of Obamacare. If his health care bill cannot pass, then neither can his larger agenda of carbon limits, higher taxes for new subsidies and stimulus packages.

His unstated policy of retarding job creation and raising energy costs now in hopes of imaginary future benefits — “green jobs!” — is dead on arrival.

“If you lose Massachusetts, if it’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up,” said moderate Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh of Indiana.

In their naivete and arrogance, some liberals are still arguing they can recover by implementing their agenda more decisively. If they really believe that, then voters are going to be partying this November like it’s 1994.

David Freddoso is The Examiner’s online opinion editor.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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