Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The Democrats In The Red!

After 46 years of Democratic representation in the U.S. Senate, the state of Massachusetts lost its seat to Republican candidate Scott Brown in Tuesday’s special elections. Brown clenched a 52 percent win over Democratic candidate, Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, creating a huge upset for the Democrats. Does this win signify a 2012 timeline for the Obama administration? Or, is this an indication of blatant disapproval for President Obama’s health care bill?

Brown’s main campaign agenda for the U.S. Senate seat was to vote against the Democrats health care bill, and now that the Democrats have lost their filibuster, it may take the spirit of Ted Kennedy to help them push anything through the Senate. Then again, Teddy might roll over in his grave just to avoid watching this unforeseeable mishap.

I could imagine Democrats are in a quandary. They are probably wondering whether their voices would be lost on Capitol Hill or had Coakley simply campaigned throughout the holiday season—instead of taking a vacation—whether the outcome would have been favorable for them. Incidentally, Coakley should have taken a page from Hillary Clinton’s book. She needed to be available 24/7 even if it meant taking a call at 3 O’clock in the morning.

Frankly, the timing for a Democratic shake-up could not be more impeccable. Perhaps, now they will seek a “Game Change” and stop worrying about who’s “light-skinned” or who does not use a “Negro dialect.”

Congress is too easily distracted by matters of zero relevance. The War in Iraq, the economic crisis, and health care reform have all taken a backseat to impish dynamics.

What’s next for the Democrats? Perhaps Justice Sotomayor can offer some unbiased advice, since “a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experience, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life.”

Copyright © 2010 Denrique Preudhomme. All Rights Reserved.


Raylene said...

What sort of "game change" do you suggest?

Denrique said...

My reference to “Game Change” is a pun. I am referring to the latest politically salacious book "Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime" by Authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin.

Yvonne S said...

I couldn't have said it better.

Yvonne S.

Marc A. Medley said...

It's ironic that Ted Kennedy was such a health care advocate and his seat was actually partially lost as a result of the healthcare bill. He would have to go and die just as the healthcare bill was close to coming to fruition. That's why I know God has a sense of humor. No disrespect to the Kennedy family; however it is ironic given his support of the bill. I must agree that the seat should have never been labeled the Kennedy seat or the democratic seat. It truly is the people's seat just as all of them are. Being a representative or a senator is a privilege and not a right. That's part of the problem with these politicians who make being a representative or a senator a career. It was not originally intended to be that way. So we will see how the plot thickens now that the game has changed yet again.