The problem in Massachusetts wasn’t Martha Coakley

Lynn Forrester de Rothschild—Cross posted from Huffington post

The problem for the Democrats in Massachusetts was not Martha Coakley; it was the Obama agenda. In 2008, voters believed that they were electing a person who would focus on the economy with laser intensity and lead in a bipartisan and principled matter. What they have gotten is a deeply divisive President committed to transforming America into a European-style social democracy. In this first year, he forced a health care bill at the expense of vitally needed focus on job creation. He has scared hard-working American voters with his hard-left rhetoric and his signature policies.

The Obama approach to health care reform is the most egregious example of breaking trust with the American people. He brokered no Republican compromise; he demonized the other side for being captive to vested interests as he made private deals with Democratic special interest groups like the unions, the insurance companies and “hold-out” Senators like Ben Nelson (who was just looking for his pound of flesh at the expense of the rest of the American people); he outsourced the bill to Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid behind closed doors as he focused only on taking the victory lap for pathetic, piecemeal legislation that does not deal with our exorbitant health care costs. Have no doubt, the speech trumpeting “his” historic achievement, where other less talented Presidents than himself have failed, is already loaded on the teleprompter.

These are major negative factors for the independent voters who believed that Barack Obama was a principled and moderate Democrat. This is particularly true in Massachusetts where the nation’s only universal health care plan is bankrupting the state because of politicians’ congenital inability to deal with spiraling costs. In Massachusetts, a full 47% of voters are Independents, with 33% Democrat and only 11% Republican. For many of these voters, Barack Obama is now a busted flush; he was full of promise but has neither delivered on that promise nor exhibited the capability to deliver. He has broken the trust of the people, and voters are taking the only action available to them: Electing a candidate who can stop the Obama agenda and help restore balance to a broken political system. The voters in the Bay State are resorting to the principle that our Founding Fathers made famous: checks and balances. It is unlikely that all voters overwhelmingly support Republican State Senator Scott Brown, but it is certain that they see him as a vital player in forcing Barack Obama to come back to the center.

This is important to keep in mind in reviewing Tuesday’s results. Equally important is to reject the demonization of Coakley that is being perpetrated by the Obama White House and the Pelosi/Reid Congress. Coakley’s troubles were never about her as a candidate; she has won state-wide elections before and few would argue she is more removed than John Kerry. Her problem was simply about the President and the radical course being charted by Democrats in Congress. A year after his inauguration — and three years since Democrats regained Congress — voters were holding Obama accountable. This simple fact makes scapegoating Coakley unconscionable, and yet this week all knives are out from the Obama White House. Coakley was insufficiently charismatic, leading Democrats are saying; she did not have an emotional connection to the voters. She did not work hard enough. She was more a “nun” than a political candidate!

This is all nonsense of course, but not surprising. After all, it’s not the first time the current crop of Democratic party leaders have torn down a talented woman in their midst.

That Hillary Clinton won Massachusetts by a resounding sixteen points in 2008 is not unrelated. While Massachusetts may be bluest of the blue, it’s a state where working class liberalism still runs deep, where an honest day’s work is still held in higher esteem than entitlement handouts. When Hillary ran on these principles, Massachusetts voters embraced her. And for this same reason, on Tuesday they embraced Scott Brown.

Obama’s team may want to make the election about Martha Coakley, but it’s not about her. As rank-and-file Democrats try to make Martha Coakley the issue and engage in her assassination, they miss the fact that they are in a circular firing squad. Their problem is that they are out of touch, and their boosters in the media cannot save them.

Voters this week stood up and said ‘enough is enough.’ It’s high time Obama and the Democrats in Congress got the message.


4 Responses

  1. The commonwealth of Massachusetts, Republicans, Independents and Democrats stood tall and voted for their chosen candidate, U.S. Senator Scott Brown.

    The good people of Massachusett who are law abiding, hard working, who love their country and only wants what is in the best interest of this nation, made their choice as to who would best serve the people of Massachusetts and I commend and applaud their decision.

    This is a most historic and monumental election that has changed the landscape of the “stronghold” of the Democratic Party.

    There is not a doubt in my mind that this vote, had to be one of the most difficult decisions in decades for the voters of Massachusetts, to break with tradition and choose a Republican over a Democrat for the U.S. Senate seat that has long been held by a democrat.

    The corrupt “Audacity of Hope & Change” should take full responsibility for the downfall of the unrecognizable Democratic party, the “used to be, party of the people”!

    A very special message is being sent to all politicians, that the American people will no longer stand for any “out of touch” politician, who refuse to listen and abide by the voices of their constituents.

    Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia started a “firestorm” that is spreading across the 50 states of discontented voters and by the time the “fires” consume Democrat and Republican politicians alike, only time will tell, who will be left standing!

    Martha could have run a better campaign like Scott Brown or paid more attention to the concerns of her constituents or stop listening to the corrupt demands of the party.
    Martha Coakley has not just lost her bid for the U.S. Senate seat, she is no doubt being punished and being made the “scapegoat” for the corrupt Democratic party and the “Audacity of Hope & Change”, who treat their women in the party no better then “beasts of burden” or “attack dogs”!

    Why do the Democratic women of the party allow this “abuse” to continue? They complain about the inequality and all the “dirty jobs” that they MUST perform to prove themselves, yet they accept their tenuous situation and are willing to settle for the “crumbs”!

    The loss of your own self worth is an awfully high price to pay, just to have the “power” that they, “the boys” allow you to have from time to time! So the “abuse” continues!

    Don’t you think that it is time to break the cycle of this “abuse”?

  2. Right on, Lynn!

    Thanks for posing this, Betty Jean.

  3. I am in full agreement with the need to put the brakes on the Obama agenda but am disheartened that another good woman was sacrificed in the process. It was this same desperate need to elect “anyone but another Bush” that led to Obama’s election in the first place. This special election was only for a two year term. It is my hope that Ms. Coakley and women candidates will come forward in the future. It is my wish that Hillary and Sarah will both be future candidates in 2012, after the 2010 elections restore some balance. It is my dream that one day 52% of those elected to office in this country will be filled by women coming from a variety of backgrounds and representing all political views. Only then will our female representatives not be rendered impotent by the patriarchical culture.

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