January 20, 2010

Heck of a job, Brownie!

The polls hadn't even closed in the Massachusetts senate race when shots began to be exchanged by the traditional Democratic circular firing squad. "Martha Coakley was a terrible candidate!" "It was the fault of the DNC/DSCC/DLC/Tim Kaine/Harry Reid/Rahm Emanuel/Joe Lieberman!" "It was a referendum on Obama/health care reform/the economy!" "This never would have happened if Howard Dean was running things!" "The Obama Administration is over!"

Apparently the old saying is wrong. Failure can have many fathers too.

Left out of all the intramural poo flinging is the fact that Scott Brown ran a good campaign, talking to voters, winning them over, and getting them to the polls. Without that, none of Coakley's mistakes would have mattered.

Democrats need to take a chill pill and focus on getting some things accomplished this year. We still have commanding majorities in both houses of Congress. If the GOP is blocking progress, we need to fight them and make their obstructionism an issue in November. And Obama needs to step up to the podium more often and play the "fierce advocate" he claimed he would be. I always thought he was far more skilled as a speaker than as a nuts and bolts politician. It's way past time for him to be using that skill.

Posted by mayor mcsleaze at January 20, 2010 12:25 PM

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