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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
Amount that President Obama has added to America’s “brand value” according to the Nation Brands Index:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
A former New York City police officer who had been arrested in 2012 for exchanging online messages about cooking women alive and eating them, and for illegally accessing data about potential victims in law-enforcement databases, was sentenced to time served.
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