Let the spinning on both sides begin.
To see what angle both sides would take, I flipped back and forth between coverage on Fox News and MSNBC. Just a quick side bar...Keith Olbermann is an arrogant, judgmental, elitist jackass and how he remains on air is completely beyond comprehension. He is the Rush Limbaugh of the left.
So, I'm flipping back and forth and listening as the left-leaners, who look as though they've been punched square in the nose, try to downplay the defeat by emphasising it could ultimately be a good thing for the Democratic Party. You're trying to sell me on losing a 20 point lead to a political nobody in the most crucial race to Democrats since 2008 in a state so blue Crayola is adding Massachusetts Blue to the newest 64 line is a good thing? Pee break necessary from laughing.
Democrats got both arrogance and complacent after 2008. Handing them the keys to the American bus was a call for change from the previous 8 year regime...but you've got to drive the bus somewhere (over a cliff doesn't count)! On an issue as important to the American people as health care reform...you blew it! The legislation currently moving through Congress is a complete joke and will know more help the people who need true health care reform than sticking a band-aid on a gaping chest wound. The bill is so full of pork and just plain crap that if signed into law it will be DOA for the American people.
Everyone agrees we need health care reform. Everyday people are being bankrupted by a broken heath care system that can't efficiently fix broken people. More money being tossed on the inferno isn't the answer. The system needs major changes from more open market competition with insurance coverage to tort reform bringing down legal cost. Is greed a factor on all sides? We all know the answer to that question is a resounding yes, so fix the problems...don't add to them.
Democrats stuck their noses up in an air of arrogance after Americans gave them a chance to prove what they could do, and the Democrats quickly forgot We the People refers to all of us. Not just R's & D's. The independent voter has become the majority, and the days of blind party allegiance are coming to a close!
One last point. Wake up when it comes to Tea Party Americans! The movement isn't about Democrat bashing or Obama haters (at least for the mass majority)...it's about getting government spending and taxes under control. The Tea Party movement is the exact same movement that wrestled power away from Republicans after they spent 6 years with the keys and drove the bus into a shop for expensive upgrades. Being to the center of right is about being conservative, not Republican. Most Americans want a smaller, less intrusive federal government.
Over on Fox, it was a giddy, backside slapping party the likes of a post Super Bowl gala. Hannity was proclaiming a major victory for Republicans along with a resounding defeat for President Obama and his liberal policies. Let's not get crazy people. Carl Rove repeatedly referred to a major swing in 2010 back to Republicans. Does he really think the public has that short of a memory? A better question is exactly what was his take on the swing away from Republican control about in 2008?
Republicans and Democrats alike need to look at what the real mandate here is from this election... the American people are tired of blind party politics. If neither party can find a way to effectively govern this country without becoming bogged down by special interest groups, corporate money, and corruption...don't get too comfortable in your Washington abodes. We need change! President Obama was elected on his promise of change, and he's failed to deliver to this point. Business as usual is on the way out the door. This election is as much about party politics as Avatar is about fictional blue aliens...you can mask it that way...but we aren't that stupid thank you.
If it can happen in Massachusetts...it can happen in Nebraska. Washington needs to either catch on or be prepared to cast off. The American people are starting to see through the masquerade and are beginning to believe that one man, one vote can make a difference. This election is about principle and not party. Lower national debt, fix the broken tax system and health care system, keep us safe with a strong military and stay out of everything else that should be handled at a state level. That's the way our country was established...that's the way it should be today.
Wow...somebody please send me some Tylenol.