Iacta Alea Est. The Die Is Cast.
You already know the good news.
Why are you not surprised? No, you are of course delighted to know the Senate is now 58.5-41, and that the critical filibuster is ready to begin. You also know that a wave of changes will happen: some will be obvious, some subtle but important: more Democratic incumbent candidates will drop out of the running, and many, many Democrats will suddenly leave Leftist ideas and announceand votecentrist (i.e., more conservatively and responsibly). Republican candidates for Senate, the House of Representatives, Governor, and more will begin salivating.
Scott Brown did it, they will gloat, so can I? Yesright now, the hottest person in politics is Senator Browns campaign advisor. Is he available for rent? Other Republicans better be asking. The Czar predicts signboards and bumper stickers, within a month, screaming out Brown For Prez 2012.
Why are you not surprised by all this? You read this, and you thinkyeah, I bet. That makes sense. You then think that GOP strategists should be analyzing Senator Browns success with a damned microscope to see what lessons can be learned here.
In fact, here are five things Brown did right: (1) Indicate to the public that you actually give a crap about what they think, (2) Reduce your message to a zinger, which is how liberals win independent votes (Obama used Yes we can, and Brown used Its the peoples seat). (3) Stick to a conservative agenda (like foreign policy and fiscal responsibility) rather than react defensively to liberal push buttons (health, education, and welfare). (4) Make it very clear that you will shut down specific Leftist legislation, but (5) make it equally clear that you are willing to look at the problem in due time.
So here is why you are not surprised. You realized Brown was only echoing what the people were saying. Things are so badso terribly awfulin government right now that any candidate who remotely expresses a popular view is seen as vastly more competent. Brown carried the tea partierss messages quite loudly. And the Democratss mistake was clearly underestimatingfor the umpteenth timethat tea party people are ordinary, quiet, respectful Americans of all stars and stripes who are fed up with the Democrat power orgy. Anyone with a clue could see these amber waves of protestors included not just right wing Limbaugh fans, but conservatives, libertarians, and independents. Having been elected largely by independents, the Democrats utterly failed to recognize that they forced Americans to choose sides. You cannot remain independent in 2009 and beyond.
So you knew Brown was going to win, didnt you?
This was an interesting and urgently important election. Congratulations to the press who managed to wake up to this in the last eight hours. Even by the mid-afternoon there was no voting coverage on the MSM websites and newsnow, theyre all over it, as if this were a national election.
Maybe, in a way, it was. But it is the first of what will surely be more to come. The entire Democratic party, from the President (who issued in internal memo blaming Martha Coakley), to the Senate (including Coakley, who in memos and comments to the press blamed the President, her own staff, and the voters but not, oddly, herself), and the House (including Speaker Pelosi, who has no doubt this changes nothing)…all of them took a major shot to the groin, today.
The Leftist agenda may not be mortally wounded, but they were knocked down flat by this shot. It will not be the last, but easily will be the first of many. And you are not surprised by this, either.
Божію Поспѣшествующею Милостію Мы, Дима Грозный Императоръ и Самодержецъ Всероссiйскiй, цѣсарь Московскiй. The Czar was born in the steppes of Russia in 1267, and was cheated out of total control of all Russia upon the death of Boris Mikhailovich, who replaced Alexander Yaroslav Nevsky in 1263. However, in 1283, our Czar was passed over due to a clerical error and the rule of all Russia went to his second cousin Daniil (Даниил Александрович), whom Czar still resents. As a half-hearted apology, the Czar was awarded control over Muscovy, inconveniently located 5,000 miles away just outside Chicago. He now spends his time seething about this and writing about other stuff that bothers him.