Washington Babylon — January 20, 2010, 2:59 pm

Obama, Year One

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.”

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