We’re Not in New Jersey or Virginia Anymore Dorothy—or are We?
If President Obama’s campaign visit to Massachusetts does for Martha Coakley what his similar visits did in New Jersey and Virginia for Jon Corzine and Creigh Deeds, Democrats will lose their veto-proof majority in the U.S. Senate with Coakley’s defeat Tuesday. Democrats’ insistence on ramming healthcare down the throats of American voters, combined with the other big-government policies President Obama and Democrats are pursuing, may be the beginning of the end.
Martha Coakley’s defeat on Tuesday in Massachusetts’ special election to replace the late Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate will be a deathblow to Democrats’ healthcare legislation in Congress. More importantly, a defeat Tuesday will cause many Democrats up for reelection in vulnerable seats across the country to resist sticking their necks out to support President Obama’s agenda. Coakley’s defeat Tuesday will result in a move Wednesday by Democrat lawmakers across the country to get to the center, where the voters are, to save their own skin.
Regardless of the outcome of Tuesday’s election, the fact that Democrats had to call the President in to a solidly blue state to defend the nostalgic seat of the “Lion of the Senate” signals a significant repudiation of the Democrats’ agenda the past year. Voters are mad as hell right now and Tuesday we’ll get a glimpse at just how deep voter discontent will run this coming November.