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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.
In Havana, the past year has been marked by a parade of bold-faced names from the north — John Kerry reopening the United States Embassy; Andrew Cuomo bringing a delegation of American business leaders; celebrities ranging from Joe Torre, traveling on behalf of Major League Baseball to oversee an exhibition game between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Cuban national team, to Jimmy Buffett, said to be considering opening one of his Margaritaville restaurants there. All this culminated with a three-day trip in March by Barack Obama, the first American president to visit Cuba since Calvin Coolidge in 1928. But to those who know the city well, perhaps nothing said as much about the transformation of political relations between the United States and Cuba that began in December 2014 as a concert in the Tribuna Antiimperialista.
Estimated portion of registered voters in Zimbabwe who are dead:
Honeybees can recognize individual human faces.
Pope Francis announced that nuns could use social media, and a priest flew a hot-air balloon around the world.
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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.'”