Hell froze over in Massachusetts Tuesday.
Voters sent a Republican to Washington to represent the most liberal state in the union in the United States Senate.
Defeated Democrats immediately launched their typical game — blaming the loss of seat held for so long by Sen. Ted Kennedy on everyone and everything except themselves.
Most of the fingers are pointed at Martha Coakley, the lackluster candidate who ran a lackluster campaign.
As candidates go, Coakley ranks high on any grading curve based on ineptitude. She took the race for granted, went on vacation rather than campaign and considered simple things like shaking hands with voters a boring waste of time.
But this was Massachusetts for God’s sake — land of the liberal and home of the Democratic party: A place where a half-wit in a clown suit could be elected to office as long as he or she ran as a Democrat.
Yes, but that was before Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, et. al took control of the party. That was before Democrats swept into control on Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008 on promises of change and a better way and delivered the same old corruption, the same old lobbyist-dominated way of doing things and the same old “screw the voters, we’re in this for ourselves” form of government.
Coakley’s stunning loss to Republican Scott Brown Tuesday is far more than an upset in a single election. It is a political tsunami that began with Republican victories in other elections months ago, gained momentum with the Democratic loss of governorships in Virginia and New Jersey and crashed ashore in Massachusetts Tuesday — drowning the arrogance of a clueless Democratic establishment that thought it could do whatever it wanted and however it wanted without regard to consequences.
Gone, in a flash, is the magical 60-vote majority in the Senate — the benchmark that assured Democratic domination of the political agenda. Gone is the illusion that Barack Obama may know what he is doing or that his election signaled any real game change in Washington. Gone is the fantasy of reform.
Democrats did it to themselves and they deserved the ass-kicking they received. Voters have buyer’s remorse. They’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore.
Karma rules the game of politics and Tuesday, as Willie Nelson once sang, was “just a little old-fashioned karma coming ’round.” Liberal lanyard Keith Olbermann abandoned any remaining pretense of objective news reporting on MSNBC Tuesay night and unleashed all his vitriol on GOP Senator-elect Scott Brown, calling him sexist, corrupt and inept. As the Glenn Beck of the left, Olbermann sputtered, spit and gagged at the prospect of voters not following his liberal laments. How dare they display independent thought and vote conscience, not party?
Like the lunatic fringe that controlled the GOP during the Bush years, the left lost its way by falsely assuming a superiority of intellect and compounded the crime with an ill-perceived sense of infallibility.What they saw as voter mandates in 2006 and 2008 was nothing more than an angry backlash against abuse of power and disregard for the desires of those who put them into office. Republicans made the same mistake after winning control of Congress in 1996 and the White House in 2000.
Voters want change but change cannot be delivered by politicians who put their party’s agenda ahead of the best interests of a nation. Democrats and Republicans may represent different philosophies but they are the same when it comes to governing. They cater to different special interests but it is still those special interests that control each political party and special interests are controlled by money and greed, not public need or a common good.
Democrats lost a valuable Senate seat in Massachusetts Tuesday.
That was their failure.
Voters turned to the only option they had — a Republican.
That, sadly, is the failure of a political system that can no longer effectively govern America.