Take the Power Back

From the Boston Herald:

Upstart Republican Scott Brown rocketed to victory in the race to the U.S. Senate yesterday, steamrolling Attorney General Martha Coakley’s layabout campaign in an against-all-odds triumph that sent shock waves from the Heartland to the White House.

“I thought it was going to be me against the machine. I was wrong. It’s all of us against the machine,” Brown told rollicking supporters at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. “You have shown everyone now that you are the machine.”

Demoralized Democrats were left grappling with the notion of a once-obscure GOP insurgent snatching the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy’s seat in the so-called bluest state, only to possibly seal the demise of the late senator’s health-care dream – and single-handedly knock President Obama’s agenda off course.

The machine is weak. It is being seperated from its friends. It is detached from reality.

Obama’s attempt to build a Socialist Political Machine can be defeated.

And now, a happy tune, for this happy day:

6 thoughts on “Take the Power Back”

  1. Brown’s rhetoric strikes me as very Obama-esque. The same “power to the people” populist message that sent Obama to the Presidency.

    It’s interesting to see a Senate seat go to someone who didn’t run on a single idea, other than stopping reform. One can pretty easily imagine a perpetual deadlock where nothing is advanced and compromise is viewed as weakness.

    Don’t you think California’s political stagnation – the state’s inability to find common ground on any problem – to be a pretty clear example of where the entire country is headed?

  2. Tim,

    Us people like the ‘power to us’ message. What we don’t like is when people who consider themselves ‘our betters’ tell us we should have to live under a set of rules they exempt themselves from.

    That might not qualify as an idea to you, but it resonated with the voters of Massachusetts, and if it can happen there, it can happen anywhere.

    As for California, I’m thinking Daybreakers as a good metaphor…


  3. Mike,
    I love the “power to the people” message. But I’m not sure I’ve seen it continue once a candidate becomes elected. Obama’s grassroots campaign approach put him in office for that very reason – to bring back bipartisanship and return government to “the people”. That hasn’t happened of course. It won’t happen with Brown either.

    Brown won by vowing to be an obstacle – which he may effectively be. But that’s not offering any solution to the problem.

    To have a party only interested in blocking an agenda instead of offer alternative solutions makes for an even sicker system. I don’t really care whose in power as long as policy makes sense and there’s a healthy opposition that helps create it. We continue to drift far away from that ideal.

  4. Tim,

    Obama’s entire campaign was a pack of beautiful lies, carefully crafted and delivered, and magnified and burnished by an uncritical media. The recent kerfuffle over broadcasting the healthcare debate on C-SPAN is a perfect bit of evidence.

    Sadly, over the past generation, politics has become not so much about legislating as it is about continual campaigning, with legislators spending all their time grubbing for money and then paying off their benefactors. Special interests (such as public service unions in CA) are happy to spend the cash for special influence, and lazy legislators like the easy streams of cash. But this ends up being a raw deal for ‘the people’.

    Our founding fathers never envisioned such a class of permanent Political class. One thing Texans are fiercely proud of is that their legislature is not full-time, which gives them much less time for mischief-making. If legislators had to make their living in the very economy they want to regulate, they would probably make very different decisions.

    There are plenty of honest people who go to Congress as first-termers, looking to make a difference. Unfortunately, the crooks who run both parties have gamed the system to collect all power to themselves. But that doesn’t mean things can’t change…it just won’t be easy.


  5. Mike,
    I like those thoughts! Term-limits would be nice as well.

    We disagree on Brown – I don’t see any evidence that he’s gonna behave outside the Republican political script of the day or be anything other than a political wedge.

    Today’s news that Obama is finally listening to Paul Volcker gives me more hope than Brown’s election.

    It won’t be easy is an understatement. Also today, the Supreme Court just handed corporations the ability to freely spend money in political campaigns. That baffles me.

  6. Rumors that Obama was listening to Volker rapidly spoiled for me, given his continued support of Bernanke and Geithner. Throw the dog a bone while giving the Oligarchs the house…

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