OK, so clearly I’m a bit cranky today.
Stupid seems to be on my mind, having just pointed out Ohio Republican John Boehner’s ignorance, I feel compelled to highlight the shortcomings of his opponents in Congress.
Maybe the reason I’m cranky is that I spent some time earlier today reading reaction to this week’s election results. Some pundits and a number of (stupid) Democrats have made the case that Democrats should run for the hills.
The theory goes that two Republican wins in Governor’s races in Virginia and New Jersey show that the public is unsure about President Obama’s agenda. Of course, it shows nothing of the kind.
First off, why the focus on these two races.? Didn’t any of them read about the race for the Rep seat for New York’s 23rd District? In can you didn’t, in that one, a super conservative forced out the Republican’s nominee only to be trounced by off all things the Democrat in the race. And this was in a very conservative district! So essentially in a lay up situation, the GOP clanged it off the rim. So, why no stories about the end of conservatives?
Getting back to the governor’s races, it’s fair to ask if Obama can take any hint from the results. There’s a saying that all politics are local and some pundits and Democrats are saying that people were voting on local issues in VA and NJ and not on the President’s agenda.
I know people in NJ. Many. And I can tell you that Corzine could have been a Republican or Independent and still lost. NJ simply didn’t like John Corzine. Whether bad timing or simply bad performance, Garden Staters simply didn’t see many accomplishments. People in NJ voted against a sitting governor who could not lower the nation’s HIGHEST property taxes and who’s party has a fantastic track record of corruption. Many of the people I know in NJ voted against Corzine and still support the President.
As for Virginia, from everything I’ve read the Democrat there simply ran an awful race while his Republican opponent ran a smart race focused on the issues people care most about. But, bottom line is that despite Democrat’s significant gains there, is it really a surprise when Virginia goes to the GOP??
So back to stupid Democrats… I read earlier today that this week’s election losses suggested a change in tactics. They felt they should perhaps not be so on board the Obama bandwagon.
Nothing could be stupider.
Hear me now, Democrats. The people voted you in for change. And that’s what you need to deliver. The answer is not backing down, but standing up for what you believe in and delivering on the promises you made to your constituents.
I belive John Warner made a very fair point that the climate change bill (as well-intentioned as it may be) might not be the very best use of Congresses’ time when people are struggling to keep their houses, jobs and lives.
So, if Democrats must change tactics, then follow that line of thinking. Make changes, but make them about what matters most to Americans right now, pocketbook issues. Work to create jobs and opportunities.
I believe healthcare reform is a big part of that. It’s time for Democrats to be bold, get it passed on move on to tackling other big issues that will affect the quality of all our lives.
Better to have an imperfect victory or two to bring to voters in 2010’s midterm elections than the same old same old.