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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:
Commentary — November 17, 2015, 6:41 pm
The Clintons’ so-called charitable enterprise has served as a vehicle to launder money and to enrich family friends.
Freddie Gray’s relatives arrived for the trial in the afternoon, after the prep-school kids had left. By their dress, they seemed to have just gotten off work in the medical and clerical fields. The family did not appear at ease in the courtroom. They winced and dropped their heads as William Porter and his fellow officer Zachary Novak testified to opening the doors of their police van last April and finding Freddie paralyzed, unresponsive, with mucus pooling at his mouth and nose. Four women and one man mournfully listened as the officers described needing to get gloves before they could touch him.
The first of six Baltimore police officers to be brought before the court for their treatment of Freddie Gray, a black twenty-five-year-old whose death in their custody was the immediate cause of the city’s uprising last spring, William Porter is young, black, and on trial. Here in this courtroom, in this city, in this nation, race and the future seem so intertwined as to be the same thing.
Average speed of Heinz ketchup, from the mouth of an upended bottle, in miles per year:
After studying the fall of 64,000 individual raindrops, scientists found that some small raindrops fall faster than they ought to.
The Playboy mansion in California was bought by the heir to the Twinkie fortune, and a New Mexico man set fire to his apartment to protest his neighbors’ loud lovemaking.
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“Matt was happy enough to sustain himself on the detritus of a world he saw as careening toward self-destruction, and equally happy to scam a government he despised. 'I’m glad everyone’s so wasteful,' he told me. 'It supports my lifestyle.'”