The Lessons of the Brown Victory: Will Obama Learn Them?
And finally, do not miss Mort Zuckerman’s mournful cry and conclusion that Barack Obama has “done everything wrong.” Remember, Mort Zuckerman was not only a supporter of the President’s campaign, in both a public and private capacity, but an influential editor and writer and one who probably donated a lot of money to help Obama win. Now he feels entitled to let Obama have it, and he doesn’t mince words. Zuckerman writes:
In the campaign, he said he would change politics as usual. He did change them. It’s now worse than it was. I’ve now seen the kind of buying off of politicians that I’ve never seen before. It’s politically corrupt and it’s starting at the top. It’s revolting.
Five states got deals on health care—one of them was Harry Reid’s. It is disgusting, just disgusting. I’ve never seen anything like it. The unions just got them to drop the tax on Cadillac plans in the health-care bill. It was pure union politics. They just went along with it. It’s a bizarre form of political corruption. It’s bribery. I suppose they could say, that’s the system. He was supposed to change it or try to change it.
All I can say is Wow! He concludes that not only does Obama not know how to connect with voters, but that he is a “disaster.” He says that those he appointed have been dismal failures, that they know little, and most likely will be a one-term President.
If Obama supporters have reached such conclusions, and if the Democrats and the administration continue on the path of push forward with our agenda despite all signs of discontent and the clear message of the Brown victory, their forthcoming collapse and electoral losses will be their own fault. They have been warned: continue on the path of governing left while making special deals with both labor and big business, it is all over for them.
The Brown victory was the equivalent of the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, as the People’s Republic of Massachusetts fell overnight. Will Obama and his team absorb the lessons? We will soon know.