by John Eberhard
After Republican Scott Brown’s stunning upset in the special election to fill the Massachusetts Senate seat long held by Teddy Kennedy, President Barack Obama gave an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.
Obama said “One thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values. And that I do think is a mistake of mine. I think the assumption was, if I just focus on policy, if I just focus on this provision or that law or are we making a good, rational decision here … people will get it.”
Where to begin with this statement?
First of all he says he was so busy “getting stuff done” that he lost a sense of speaking directly to the American people. The president gave 411 speeches during his first 365 days in office (more than one a day), including 52 speeches or statements regarding health care. He is the most over-exposed president in history, but he seems to think he should have talked more.
And next he says, he thought if he just focused on policy and making good, rational decisions, “people would get it.” This implies that people did not “get it.” So I think we can conclude here that the president thinks that the 5% lead Scott Brown enjoyed in the special election in Massachusetts shows that people did not get it, and that he should have just bent our ears a little more.
Then, as columnist and author David Limbaugh pointed out, “It’s all about him; in almost every line, he is bragging or excusing himself. No wonder he can’t see any farther than his navel. Note in the opening sentence his umpteenth gratuitous reference to ‘crises’ he inherited; he doesn’t use the word ‘inherited’ there, but his meaning is clear. In the next sentence, he pretends to criticize himself (for not speaking directly to the American people) as a backdrop for patting himself on the back for ‘just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises.’ Even if he hadn’t immediately turned the phony self-deprecation into a boast, we’d know he wasn’t sincere because the substance of his statement is flat-out false.”
The arrogance and narcissism of Obama’s statement is just mind blowing. People apparently just weren’t listening close enough sitting at the feet of the prophet Obama when he gave his 411 speeches (hey – he created jobs – for several speechwriters at least), when he was telling us what our core values should be, so we didn’t get it. And 52% of us in Massachusetts went out and voted for a Republican.
So let’s talk about what the Massachusetts election means, in terms of what the voters were expressing. Exit polls revealed that the top issue for a majority of the voters was health care. And Scott Brown campaign specifically saying he would be the 41st vote against health care. So a majority of the voters in Massachusetts were against Obama’s health care reform. It couldn’t possibly be any clearer than that. And in case we needed further reinforcement of that fact, every poll in the last few months has shown a majority of Americans against it. People just don’t believe that the government taking over health care and giving medical insurance to 40 million new people will lower costs and improve quality of care.
Greta van Sustern of Fox News said she thought that what killed Martha Coakley was the deal that Harry Reid made with Ben Nelson of Nebraska, buying his holdout vote for the health care “reform” by exempting his state from paying for Medicare. Back room deals and vote buying have been rampant on health care.
I would go further and say that I think the public is very ill at ease with the way Obama, Reid and Pelosi are running things in Washington. Despite Obama’s promises to govern in a bi-partisan fashion, bipartisanship has been nonexistent. The Democrats don’t need the Republicans’ votes and so have ignored them and excluded them from negotiations. Obama promised to televise the health care debate on CSPAN, but no, negotiations have been carried out in secret behind closed doors.
Then there have been government takeovers of banks and auto manufacturers. Obama fired two CEOs of GM, and gave 50% ownership of GM and Chrysler to his cronies in the unions. Deficits have gone into the stratosphere, orders of magnitude above what they were before.
Tea parties, town hall meetings, and 2 million people showing up in Washington on September 12th have had little effect on the ruling Democrats. They have dissed and derided the movement.
A recent poll showed liberals to be 23% of the population, with 40% being conservative. These percentages have changed little in 50 years. And if you consider that radical liberals like Obama, Reid and Pelosi make up an even smaller segment of the population, perhaps 10%, then you see that perhaps 10% of the population is trying to exert its will on the remaining 90%. And after the recent election, they are lamenting that we just don’t get it.
No, I think the real problem for Democrats is that we get it all too well. We have woken up to the fact that they think they know better than all of us and want to shove their agenda down our throats whether we like it or not.
So what does that mean for 2010? First of all, Scott Brown’s election means that the Democrats’ super majority of 60 seats in the Senate is broken, meaning they can no longer override Republican filibusters.
Hopefully this means that health care is dead, unless the Democrats can find some underhanded way to get it passed anyway. But it definitely means that some of Obama’s other uber-socialist agenda, like cap and trade, illegal immigration amnesty and union card check, are dead.
And how about the 2010 elections? One third of the Senate and all of the House of Representatives are up for re-election. If the Democrats continue with their out of touch, thuggish, “impose our will on you whether you like it or not” style of governance, look for Republicans to retake the majority in both houses.