That strange sound you hear if you listen closely is Senator Ted Kennedy spinning in his grave. Could he have possibly imagined a worse consequence of his departure from the Senate when health care reform was so close? Absolutely not. When he was alive he probably was not even aware of Massachusetts state senator Scott Brown. Though Kennedy deserved a better outcome, Democrats richly deserved the Republican win in Massachusetts.
The main reason is that Democrats in Congress and President Obama have shown nothing but disdain for the overwhelming national desire for an end to the self-serving corruption that is revealed through never-ending sweetheart deals for corporate interests, even as a large fraction of Americans suffer in this Great Recession caused by corporate greed, incompetence and criminality that go unpunished.
Following GOP wins in NJ and VA, the Mass. senate surprise completes a trifecta, enshrined with full-throated chorus by the fickle Audacity of Nope crowd. Nope, nope, and nope – that’s one lesson learned when, in Mass. alone, two million Democrats stayed home.
What! – a voting minority from Main Street fed up with “change lobbyists can believe in” or “yes, we can” get ripped off twice by iniquitous bankers, first taking us to the cleaner, risking depression, then insisting we pay for the clean-up and bonuses? No wonder special election voters are “mad as hell and not going to take it anymore.” Whatever “it” means.