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Many Democrats and liberal bloggers are trying to convince themselves, publicly at least, that last night’s victory by Scott Brown was largely due to the poor campaign run by Martha Coakley. She did run a lousy campaign but it’s pretty clear that disappointment with Obama and the Democrats contributed greatly to Coakley’s defeat.
After one year of Democratic rule, Obama and his party’s major achievements have been, in no particular order:
—Making the extremely popular cause of health care extremely unpopular.
—Electing a conservative Republican from the bluest state in the country to the senate.
—Reviving the corpse that was the Republican Party.
—Demoralizing the Democratic base.
—And yes, even enhancing the image of George W. Bush, by putting him in the spotlight on Haiti (which is particularly ironic given his administration’s support for the overthrow of that country’s elected leader in 2004).
At this rate, Dick Cheney may be a viable presidential candidate in another year.
Note: Best headline of day from the Village Voice:
“Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate.”
More from Ken Silverstein:
Perspective — October 23, 2013, 8:00 am
How pro-oil Louisiana politicians have shaped American environmental policy
Postcard — October 16, 2013, 8:00 am
A trip to one of the properties at issue in Louisiana’s oil-pollution lawsuits
Percentage increase in the annual number of polio cases in Pakistan since 2005:
A bowl of 4,000-year-old noodles was found in northwestern China; and a spokesman for the Chinese Academy of Sciences said that “this is the earliest empirical evidence of noodles ever found.”
A federal judge sentenced the journalist Barrett Brown to 63 months in prison for sharing a link to information stolen from the private-intelligence firm Stratfor by a hacker in 2011. “Good news!” Brown said in a statement. “They’re now going to send me to investigate the prison-industrial complex.”
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