We all know by now that Scott Brown, a Republican, won in the Massachusetts special election Tuesday. According to a Rasmussen poll, 56 percent of MA voters said health care was their top issue. In another poll by Fabrizio, McLaughlin & Associates, 78 percent of Brown voters said their vote was meant to stop Obamacare.
This is about as clear a message as the American people can send. Between now and November, the administration and Congress will have the opportunity to get out in front of this and bow to the will of the American people who elected them; this is their warning. The alternative would be to simply continue to ram their platform down the throats of a disgusted populace that isn’t willing to take it anymore, and to pay the price come November.
According to a story in the Huffington Post,
“This needs to be a wake up call that people are still demanding change,” Joe Trippi, a longtime party strategist and high-ranking official on the Howard Dean and John Edwards campaigns told the Huffington Post. “I don’t think it is ideological, I don’t think it is left versus right. I think it is outsider versus insider. It is the new way versus people doing it the old way. That is still the carryover from 2008. And whether the Obama administration recognizes that is important. This is a wake up call that they can’t play the inside game.”
“The most important thing is for Democrats to acknowledge that they need to change course and then to change course,” said Simon Rosenberg, a former Clinton administration official and head of the Democratic group NDN. “They must acknowledge it has not been a good first year and they have to change.”
According to President Obama, “the same thing that swept Scott Brown into office swept me into office. People are angry and they’re frustrated.”
People are angry, people are frustrated; this president still hasn’t adequately addressed the anger and frustration that existed when they elected him. Exit polls from the presidential election show that two of three voters cited the economy as their chief concern, while fewer than 10 percent mentioned healthcare. To say that the latest election was about change is correct, but if the message being sent by the voters is misinterpreted by the politicians, then the slaughter in November will be of astronomical proportions.
American voters are realizing that the amorphous idea of change many of them voted for in the last presidential election is worthless if not founded upon the principles of this republic.
A year ago, Americans wanted change. The greatest economic system the world has ever seen was on the verge of collapse, unemployment and foreclosure rates were skyrocketing, and continuing deaths of American soldiers in a war that we were consistently told was unwinnable all converged to instill in many Americans the desire for change – no questions asked.
A new day was ushered in. Unfortunately for the ruling classes in Washington, now that voters understand just what this encompasses, they seem to prefer something else; maybe anything else.
President Obama says that if there’s one thing that he regrets this year it is that they “were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of, of, you know, speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are.”
I’m glad he’s noticed that our core values have been missing in all the talk he’s has been doing over this past year. The president gave 411 speeches, 42 news conferences, and 158 interviews in one year and of course he failed to adequately talk about our core values – that would undermine his agenda.
If the legislation this administration and Congress are trying so hard to pass actually encompassed those values, so much talk would be unnecessary. The problem is that their agenda isn’t based on the values held dear by a majority of the American people. This administration was so busy “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” that they failed to notice that we noticed.