My favorite newspaper guy hits the nail on the head again while he opines on Republican Scott Brown's win in the Massachusetts special election on January 19:
... voters in Massachusetts, more liberal perhaps than voters in any other state, said they have had enough of the same ol' Washington same ol'. Obama took office a year ago promising transparency, a post-partisan presidency, history's most open administration. He pledged to put the final negotiations regarding Obamacare on C-SPAN.
Yet things didn't work out that way. We were introduced to a Chicago-ized national politics. Notably on his signature legislative initiative, with public support for it collapsing, he has sought to muscle it through. Secrecy, arm-twisting, and back-room deals have been the norm. His message to the people has been -- as it is even now: We are going to give the people government-mandated health care, and never mind what the people think. And so the divide, the disconnect, so eloquently described Tuesday in Massachusetts, between the people and an administration -- and a national Democratic Party -- out of touch. -- Ross Mackenzie, Richmond Times-Dispatch
Mr. Mackenzie chides condescending Democrats who take it as a foregone conclusion that Barack Obama will win a second term as President because Republicans have no one to go up against him. He reminds them there is new blood coming up through the ranks:
Hey, here are two new possibilities: Bob McDonnell, Virginia's just-installed governor who won a starkly lopsided victory (his predecessor, lest we forget, is Obama's handpicked national Democratic chairman who couldn't deliver for his party his own state). Or, a name hardly heard until the Massachusetts earthquake -- pickup-driving Scott Brown.
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