Wednesday, January 20, 2010

What Massachusetts means...

We lost in MA because President Obama and Democrats in Congress have not been tough enough in pursuing their goals. Yes, Martha Coakley was a terrible candidate and deserved to lose (just about anywhere but MA), but the lesson must be learned that this is not a call for all Democrats to move to the center. It is a repudiation of politics without integrity. It is a statement against politicians who govern to get re-elected. The Democrats have been so paranoid of losing their majorities that they have forgotten what got them there. I am not advocating for Democrats to be extremely ideologically rigid. I am pleading that they do not back down in debates of what is morally just. When we are confronted with "death panels," and the "government takeover of medicine," we need to treat the American people like responsible adults and tell them the truth, rather than caving from paranoia over being socialists, tree-huggers, or anti-war hippies. We need to pick our battles, not over catch phrases like public option, but on what the best results will be for our country. 2010 needs to be the year when Democrats be honest with the American people and put what is best for them in the long term, ahead of what cable news and lobbyists are shouting about in the short term.


Andrea Watts said...

Well said Mr. Rhodenbaugh. Touche.

nolan said...

Well said Chris

Losing a senate seat is never a good thing but this might wake up the democrats that we have elected and maybe they will fight for the right things instead of rolling over from any pressure. Especially since the country relies on the democrats to come up with and pass meaningful solutions. Because as we all know, the republican party offers no solutions of their own, and unlike the aforementioned party we don't get off by stopping something.

ShamRockNRoll said...

Abso-fucking-lutely!!! It has been so frustrating watching the Democrats govern like a bunch of wounded puppies.

The election of Scott Brown was hardly a referendum on the current administration. Martha Coakley was, quite frankly, and incredibly shitty candidate. She would have made a decent Senator, but she acted like she barely wanted the job. SHE WAS ON FUCKING VACATION FROM DECEMBER 20 UNTIL THE BEGINNING OF JANUARY!--and during that time, she lost a 20 point lead. Funny, when you treat the voters like you don't need their votes, they wont give them to you!

The Democrats need to understand that some things are more important than getting reelected. The notion that we can't deliver on our campaign promises because we ONLY have 59 seats is fucking ludicrous! If the Republicans had a 51 seat majority they would pass their entire agenda and leave the Democrats behind in the dust. One of the hallmarks of President Bush's domestic agenda, his massive tax cuts for the rich, were passed through reconciliation in the Senate--a strategy that the Democrats haven't had the balls to consider yet. Hopefully this loss will change that.

The President and the White House Senior Staff need to make some popcorn, snuggle up together in the Oval and watch season 1, episode 19 of The West Wing, "Let Bartlet be Bartlet."