Martha Coakley lost the special Senatorial election in Massachusetts to Scott Brown.
There are some in on the left that will tell you that it is the fault of the progressives. They tore down Obama, demoralized the party and caused the apathy that allowed Mr. Brown to win. That is not true.
There are some on the left that will tell you that the Democrats were wimps trying to get the Republicans to be involved and that if we had tackled health care reform by jamming it through with a take no prisoner ruthlessness that the Democrats would not have be demoralized and therefore Mr. Brown won. That is also not true.
Martha Coakley got beat, partly because she didn’t run the best campaign, partly because the republicans were pretty damn effective at distorting what health care reform entailed and what it meant. A portion of the reason Martha Coakley lost is that the truly motivated voters were the tea party crowd. The tea partiers are angry and even if you don’t understand or agree with them, you have to respect the passion or it will bite you.
But mostly Martha Coakley got beat because the economy sucks. The economy sucks because we allowed regulation to be striped out of our financial systems to the point that Wall Street made a lot more money gambling than banking. We have been digging out of the worst recession since the great depression and it is going to take a lot longer to fix it.
It is truly unfortunate that the Republicans get to run on a bad economy when they were largely culpable for it’s creation. It sucks that they get to harvest the anger people feel from a crisis that Democrats are trying to clean up.
Deal with it.
Martha Coakley lost an election. Many people will try to make it mean a hell of a lot more than that, it doesn’t. Now we get over it and get back to the business of the American People. I think it fitting to finish this in the words of Ted Kennedy “For all those whose cares have been our concern, the work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”
Yippie Ki Yay…