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“I’m not dead.”

Posted by The Curmudgeon on January 19, 2010

Scott Brown turns the blue world upside-down

“The reports of my death have been greatly exaggerated.” — Mark Twain

“Guess what, guys? The time has come to embrace the horror.” — from the movie “Armageddon”

Either of the above quotes might make a poignant message to the Democrats’ national headquarters. So might the title of this post (a line from the movie Monty Python and the Holy Grail, by the way).

For several days leading up to the Massachusetts special election to fill the Senate seat left vacant by Ted Kennedy’s death, the nation’s attention was gradually drawn to what would ordinarily be a little-noted event. It was, after all, intended only to fill the unexpired portion of Kennedy’s term—in a state where the only question in such affairs is usually one of which Democrat will get the job.

And a fractured, demoralized Republican party written-off for dead only scant months ago is suddenly very much alive—much to the concern of the Democrats’ power brokers.

In the wake of surprising Republican upsets in last November’s New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial races, the Democrats’ spin was immediate and predictable: blame the candidates for poor campaigning, cite state and local issues as the key factors, and dismiss the notion that either race was a referendum on the Obama regime’s policies—despite Obama’s personal campaign efforts on behalf of both losers. Seeing the writing on the wall in Massachusetts, similar preliminary spin and damage control began late last week, largely blaming Democrat Martha Coakley for inept and unenthusiastic campaigning and downplaying the significance of Scott Brown’s likely win. They all but borrowed Lincoln’s quote about snatching defeat from the jaws of certain victory. A few Democrats still half-heartedly maintain that this election is of no real significance.

None of it is working. As Obama himself might say: “Let me be clear: This…is…huge“.

Gone is the Democrats’ filibuster-proof supermajority in the Senate. ObamaCare is now officially on the “Critical” list. The juggernaut that smacked of such arrogance, partisanship, and back-room dealing is now sitting at the side of the road, smoke emanating from under the hood.

And dozens of incumbent Democrats are now seriously reconsidering their allegiance to a Presidential agenda that has proved dangerously unpalatable to voters—and caused them to soberly examine their own political viability.

There remain many variables and conceivable permutations. There’s a chance that Democrats (who pretty much have a lock on Bay State politics) will attempt to delay certification of the vote in an attempt to negate Brown’s potential impact on health care legislation. There have been several quietly discussed “Plan B” scenarios to salvage the Democrats’ plans. And the simple truth is that Democrats still maintain a huge numerical advantage in both houses of Congress.

The message to incumbent Democrats remains nonetheless clear: if a Democrat can’t win in arguably the “bluest” state in the nation, what fate awaits them? How many will jump ship now that Obama’s aura of invincibility is shattered? Regardless of Coakley’s performance, one inescapable fact cannot be ignored: Democrats poured substantial sums of money and a massive personal appearance effort (to include Obama, himself) into this election—and were soundly beaten.

Another point needs to be noted, however; though Democrats have slipped in the polls, Republicans haven’t enjoyed commensurate increases in popularity or approval. Recent trends show less of a pro-Republican mood and more of an anti-incumbent mood. While Republicans have before them an enormous opportunity to climb back into the game, it’s not a certainty; they’ll have to work for it—and it’ll be no easy task. Without question, Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, and various other key Democrats are circling the wagons and huddling, planning a revised strategy. Their campaign apparatus stands very much intact, and they still wield tremendous power.

What remains to be seen, though, is how well they’ll be able to rally the troops to what looks increasingly like a losing hand.



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