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Scott Brown won in Massachussetts and I hope he kills healthcare
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Old Jan 21, 2010, 02:36 PM #26 of 47
Given that:

1. Brown winning the election would break the Democratic supermajority in the Senate and kill the health care bill that the Democrats had been investing so much time and political capital in last year
2. Brown explicitly said during the campaign he was going to do just that

if the Democratic agenda was really that popular, just how unappealing a candidate was Martha Coakley if all that was at stake and still lose?
martha coakley went on public record that she would outlaw jo if elected.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 03:40 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 03:40 PM #27 of 47
Is it really, or is it just that (as I've read elsewhere) the Dems put up an unappealing candidate?
Not that this isn't correct, but how do you think you're contradicting my statement?

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 04:33 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 10:33 PM #28 of 47
Not that this isn't correct, but how do you think you're contradicting my statement?
Cause you say the Democrats as a party "can't politic their way out of a wet paper bag" whereas it is quite possible that the party in general is still fairly capable other than this candidate and her team. Does it necessarily imply anything about the party as a whole if they lost one seat? I don't believe so. It doesn't exclude the possibility that the party as a whole have problems, of course.

If there's more I don't know, I freely confess my ignorance. I'm not putting myself forward as someone who knows all about the American political situation, I'm just taking an isolated look at one situation with the limited understanding available to me. I have to further admit that when I read Styphon's post I find he makes a compelling case. I do find it a little odd that people would be so strongly against the increased spending/taxation required for the healthcare bill in a state sometimes referred to as Taxachusetts though.

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If the Democratic agenda was really that popular, just how unappealing a candidate was Martha Coakley if all that was at stake and still lose?
I don't think it is either possible nor wise for me to attempt an answer to that question, but I acknowledge the point you make by asking it. However, I have some questions of my own. Genuine questions, based on a desire to know rather than to make a point.

Please indulge me, I do not claim to be a political mastermind.

1)How much has the Democratic agenda really changed since Mass. last elected Senator Kennedy? It would appear to have been popular at that time and for many years prior.

2) Is it possible that personal factors rather than the Democratic agenda were the reason behind Kennedy's repeated re-election, and that events since his death have simply exposed the fact?

3) The Democratic agenda was popular enough for President Obama to have been elected about 15 months ago, have things changed greatly since then or would you say that Obama was elected for reasons other than the party agenda and his stance on the issues?

I'm genuinely curious here. If it isn't due to the weakness of the candidate, then the Democratic party must surely be doing something wrong which they were doing right at one point.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 05:43 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 05:43 PM #29 of 47
Cause you say the Democrats as a party "can't politic their way out of a wet paper bag" whereas it is quite possible that the party in general is still fairly capable other than this candidate and her team. Does it necessarily imply anything about the party as a whole if they lost one seat? I don't believe so. It doesn't exclude the possibility that the party as a whole have problems, of course.
I don't see how you could have observed the last ten years and not come to the conclusion that the Democrats don't know how to play politics.

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Massachussets has its own state-run healthcare system that Brown claims to support, so Massachussets voters have very little stake in the federal bill.

I was speaking idiomatically.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 05:45 PM Local time: Jan 22, 2010, 12:45 AM 1 #30 of 47
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Old Jan 21, 2010, 05:49 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 11:49 PM #31 of 47
I don't see how you could have observed the last ten years and not come to the conclusion that the Democrats don't know how to play politics.
I admit they made a pretty terrible mess out of the previous presidential election, but honestly I thought they were currently in the midst of a renaissance. Bush/Gore on the other hand was a bit less clear-cut. Perhaps I don't observe closely enough, but I find it hard to see either party as massively superior in term of strategy. I stand fully ready to be told that statement makes me ignorant, though. Observing things from such a great distance it isn't easy to see clearly.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 08:48 PM #32 of 47
I don't see how you could have observed the last ten years and not come to the conclusion that the Democrats don't know how to play politics.

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Massachussets has its own state-run healthcare system that Brown claims to support, so Massachussets voters have very little stake in the federal bill.
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Old Jan 21, 2010, 09:57 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 09:57 PM 10 1 #33 of 47
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If it isn't due to the weakness of the candidate, then the Democratic party must surely be doing something wrong which they were doing right at one point.
It would not be too much of a stretch to say that what Democrats had been doing right was simply not being Republicans. In 2006 and 2008, Democratic wins came at the expense of a Republican Party that had exhausted and discredited itself in the eyes of much of the electorate. On top of fixing everything that Bush had done wrong, Obama (like Bush before him) had promised to change the tone in Washington, and be a new kind of politician.

They set lofty goals for themselves, and then failed to deliver on them.

The health bill that had been working its way through Congress, in many ways, is an example of all the ways that Obama's promise had failed to materialize. Republicans had soured their brand by, among other things, by spending as much as they did; the health care bill was going to cost close to a trillion dollars (on top of the trillion dollars that had already been spent on bailouts). It was stuff like this that prompted the much-derided "tea party" movement's rise to power.

Obama had pledged to be post-partisan and seek bipartisan solutions. Whether any Republicans could be brought on board is questionable, but the Democrats didn't try to add anything that they could be comfortable voting for. So they just stopped trying to bring Republicans on board. And after Senator Specter switched parties and the Minnesota recount ended and made Al Franken the 60th senator in the Democratic caucus, they no longer needed to worry about Republican votes. Those 60 and their control of the House meant that they had complete control of Congress. For all the good it did them. This made the bill an entirely Democratic undertaking; Republicans had no reason not to tear into it.

This led to another problem. The Democrats could pass whatever they wanted if they stuck together, but as a result of throwing the bums out in 2006 and 2008, the Democrats had a number of seats up for re-election in areas that were nominally Republican territory. To be re-elected, they couldn't be seen supporting a bill that contained items that their voters hated, and to get their votes the Democratic leadership had to jettison the things that people in Massachusetts would be more amenable to.

On top of that, in the Senate, to keep the moderate Democrats in line without any Republican votes to make up for them, the leadership had to effectively buy their votes. The famous example being to get number 60 for the Christmas Eve vote, Senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska traded his vote for the federal government picking up the tab for the Medicare and/or Medicaid increases the bill was going to cost Nebraska. This kind of thing was the politics as usual that the Democrats had run successfully against in '06 and '08, but even more so.

I'm leaving out a bunch of stuff here (like buying off the pharmaceutical and insurance companies to gain their support), but in the end, the result was, as some guy describing it wrote, like watching sausage be made in Upton Sinclair's The Jungle. As the process dragged on, the bill became increasingly less popular, to the point where the majority of the public now opposed it.

And most damningly of all, the Democrats didn't seem to care. It's understandable, since a national health care program has been their dream since Truman was president, and they were closer than ever. But the electorate doesn't like to be ignored.

And then came the special election in Massachusetts.

If I've been talking a lot about the health care bill before getting here, this has been the leading political issue of the past six months, and had ties to Massachusetts, too. Before the 2004 presidential election, when the Democrats were giddy at the prospect of unseating George W. Bush, someone pointed out to the Massachusetts Democratic Party that the governor was a Republican, Mitt Romney, who would appoint a Republican to would-be President John Kerry's seat. So, in a blatant partisan power-grab, the Massachusetts legislature stripped the governor of the power to appoint senators to vacant seats over Romney's veto.

This would have been all well and good had Ted Kennedy not died and reduced the Democratic caucus back to 59. To get that 60th vote, the legislature changed the law again and allowed the governor (now Democrat Deval Patrick) to appoint an interim senator before the special election that the 2004 law mandated. This just plays into the "even worse politics than usual line".

In the special election itself, having won the Democratic primary and been up by 30 points, Martha Coakley (like everyone else) took the seat for granted. Even as popular support for the bill waned, she still had a commanding lead. That seemed to change around Christmas Eve, when the Senate passed its version and Coakley was off vacationing in the Caribbean. The lead shrunk to around 10 points, and Republicans saw an opportunity and seized it. Brown amplified his pledged to be the "41st vote" against the bill, which suddenly was vulnerable from a direction nobody anticipated. This, in additon to those famous missteps of Coakley's, weakened her to the point where she could do the impossible and lose the seat, which forced Obama to personally step in to try to save her. Even then, he had to know how unpopular the health care bill had become, since at the rally he spoke at, he talked more about Scott Brown's pickup truck than that. This reinforced Brown's message of running against "the machine" and we all see where that went.

This doesn't absolve Coakley, since even with the bill being as unpopular as it had become, Massachusetts should have still elected her, given Democratic strength there. But she did everything she could to screw it up. In and of itself, saying Curt Schilling was a Yankees fan was merely stupid; saying that in Massachusetts suggested a great disconnect between her and the people she wanted to represent, especially when she tried a few seconds earlier to invoke the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry to her advantage when talking about Rudy Giuliani campaigning for Brown. (For the non-Americans who don't know, the Yankees-Red Sox rivalry is Very Serious Business.) Then she went negative in the stupidest ways possible, doing things like using a picture of the World Trade Center to represent the "Wall Street greed" Brown stood in favor, misrepresenting Brown's position on a bill to the point of slander, and, to top it all off, misspelled Massachusetts in one of them.

To wrap this long dissertation up, yes, Martha Coakley was a horrible candidate. But even still, running as a Democrat in a state like Massachusetts, for a seat that, for one brief interruption in the early 60s, was held by a Kennedy, running against the Republican Party, whose brand is still damaged as a result of the Bush presidency, in a state that hasn't really been amenable to them in a long time, she still should have won. But she didn't.

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Is it possible that personal factors rather than the Democratic agenda were the reason behind Kennedy's repeated re-election, and that events since his death have simply exposed the fact?
I shouldn't ignore this, because it is relevant. A great deal of Kennedy success was due to charisma. It didn't matter if the Kennedy in question was John, Bobby or Ted; they were all very charismatic. In Ted's case, this let him be both a successful campaigner (the only races he lost were in the 1980 Democratic presidential primaries) and legislator. Kennedy also didn't make the mistake Coakley did and take his seat for granted, even if he only had to seriously contest it was in 1994, when Mitt Romney came close to adding him to the scalps the Republicans collected that year.

Yes, he was loved by the Massachusetts electorate, but if they seriously disagreed with his, he wouldn't have held the seat for close to half a century, regardless of personal charisma or the Kennedy name.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 10:59 PM Local time: Jan 22, 2010, 11:59 AM 1 #34 of 47
From now on Martha Coakley shall be known as Martha Croakley

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 11:10 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 10:10 PM #35 of 47
The other popular nickname being given during the days leading up to and after the election was Martha Choakley.

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Old Jan 21, 2010, 11:35 PM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 11:35 PM #36 of 47
Well, looking on the bright side, Brown killing the healthcare bill means millions of wasted lobbying capital and billions of lost potential revenues for the insurance industry.

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:31 AM #37 of 47
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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:37 AM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 10:37 PM #38 of 47
All in all, I think the Democrats are going to be crucified this election. They're not doing much for their public image. This is probably the straw that breaks the camel's back.

I volunteer for the Harry Reid's son's governor's campaign (trip apostrophes. Jackpot), and when I make calls (to Dems only, btw), I can feel the outlash against Harry, even though he has not much to do with a governor's race.

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:52 AM Local time: Jan 22, 2010, 01:52 PM #39 of 47
As an outsider looking in, I must say I'm quite amazed at the seeming turn of fortune for the Democrats. It was only one year ago that they were swept into power, and everyone was all optimistic and bright-eyed. Yes we can!

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 12:57 AM #40 of 47
All in all, I think the Democrats are going to be crucified this election. They're not doing much for their public image. This is probably the straw that breaks the camel's back.
It seems as if Obama and Co. will be hedging their bets on improving jobs this year, and throwing the health care reform into the recycle bin, the former of which, if accomplished, could at least save some Senators their jobs.

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 01:23 AM Local time: Jan 21, 2010, 11:23 PM #41 of 47
As an outsider looking in, I must say I'm quite amazed at the seeming turn of fortune for the Democrats. It was only one year ago that they were swept into power, and everyone was all optimistic and bright-eyed. Yes we can!
Well, as far as I've kept up, most of the promises have been attented to, but some only partially, and some only half-heartedly. This being due to all the effort put into the health-care reform.

But they tried. As far as the war, I believe Obama will do his best to pull most of the troops out after this latest surge ends. If he doesn't I will be very pissed off, but thankfully for the Dems, that promise won't be called up till after the elections.

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 09:30 AM #42 of 47
This led to another problem. The Democrats could pass whatever they wanted if they stuck together[.]
I'm so glad you brought this up. I mean, honestly. The reason so much shit got done when Bush + Republican majority was around was because they didn't give a fuck for bipartisanship. They just wrote bills that would make themselves happy, and fuck non-Republicans. If the Dems had just had some balls, maybe the health care bill would have passed and we would have saved all that money buying off Big Pharm and Big Insurance. Bloated bills are fun.

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 10:12 AM Local time: Jan 22, 2010, 10:12 AM #43 of 47
haha, actually Dems take as much money from special interests as Republicans, so when the time comes to write up some legislation the principled leftists are undermined by corporate shills

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Old Jan 22, 2010, 01:44 PM Local time: Jan 22, 2010, 01:44 PM 1 #44 of 47
I'm so glad you brought this up. I mean, honestly. The reason so much shit got done when Bush + Republican majority was around was because they didn't give a fuck for bipartisanship. They just wrote bills that would make themselves happy, and fuck non-Republicans.
Except how, like Jon Stewart so kindly reminded us, the Republican Senate majority was never as large as the one Democrats have now. They got things done because not just because of party discipline, but because what they passed wasn't odious enough to compel Democrats to try to stop it. They could also count on getting at least a few Democrats to vote with them, depending on what the issue was.

You'll remember that the Social Security reform Bush began pushing in earnest after his re-election went precisely nowhere.

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Old Jan 23, 2010, 01:37 AM Local time: Jan 23, 2010, 01:37 AM #45 of 47
Also consider the fact that when you get majorities that big, you're bound to have people who can truly be considered moderates, who may consider themselves Democrats, but still identify with conservative values of their base. Not everyone is in the same vein as a Nancy Pelosi or Harry Reid.

I was speaking idiomatically.
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Old Jan 23, 2010, 05:03 PM #46 of 47
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