Obama is just as at fault here because he was so hands-off and timid about fighting for true universal health care, which is what the majority of the base and country wanted just months ago. The dissmale approval numbers for the current, watered down health care bill doesn't simply reflect those who were against reform in any manner. It also represents many, many Democrats and others who form the President's base of his support showing their disappointment with how weak the bill turned out. That is an aspect of the numbers that the "experts" seem to be missing or willfully ignoring.
Indeed Coakley was a poor candidate but a Democrat should win the seat of Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts with plenty of votes to spare. The White House and Capital Hill need to stop taking the base for granted and doing the exact opposite of what they told us they'd do during the election. It's sad to say that the man, (Obama) who energized me is now the man who leaves me disillusioned and severed from my long-time party. He used our money, our passion, our platform for real change and our energy to propel him to election but then abandoned us. He led us into battle to fight for the public option and then left us without support on the battlefield. Then while the fight for true health care reform battled on he began the negotiations for our surrender well before the outcome of the war was certain!! He then turned on us for wanting to keep up the fight. The polls, before the plug was pulled on the public option showed that the majority of Americans supported it. Yet Obama retreated.
So, If Coakley wins the Democrats better not just blame her and call it an anomaly because the Democratic base is restless, disillusioned and starting to peal off. The other story is that if Brown wins it isn't simply because he was the better candidate. It will be in large part because Democrats just didn't show up to vote. That, and the independents are supporting Brown to punish Obama and the Democrats for messing up health care so much. It's not the only thing he's disappointed the base with: He has yet to close Gitmo, repeal "Don't ask, don't tell" and the defense of marriage act. He hasn't done cap and trade or much of anything on the environment. He has also escalated the war in Afghanistan and we're still in Iraq. The only area where I approve of his performance has been restoring our image abroad, preventing another great depression and with how he has handled the Haiti earthquake. However, the country is getting restless over the unemployment rate not going down during this Great Recession.
If the Democrats lose the 60th seat it will be their own damn fault. We're pissed and we're not going to take this two-party bullshit anymore. No, I don't like Republicans getting power. That said, however, when the Democrats fold to the will of the conservatives in their party on one of the main planks of the party platform, (universal health care) we don't see much difference between the two parties. The trans-formative phoenix can only rise from the ashes and perhaps it will take the destruction of the Democratic Party and the Republican Party to bring about real diversity of representation. Either way, something has to change before Americans will have any more faith and trust in either established party. So, Democrats? Change or die.
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