Is America Moving Right?
Whether or not Republican Scott Brown captures the
Senate seat in Massachusetts today, his surging and
successful campaign is a fire bell in the night for the
Party of Government.
For Brown has run as an independent, an outsider, a
protest candidate. His principal target: the health care
reform bill that is the altarpiece of the Barack Obama
presidency and lifetime achievement of Harry Reid and
For a full year, Obama, Reid, Pelosi and the leading
acolytes of their party and media auxiliaries have been
selling this plan as a historic Democratic reform to
Civil Rights Act and
Yet in this Kennedy compound, the only state to be
George McGovern, people want to take this bill out
to the crossroads at midnight and kill it. Brown made
this race competitive by promising to bring the wooden
stake to drive through its heart.
How Democratic is Massachusetts?
Democratic registration is three times that of the
Republicans. The party controls both houses of the
legislature by huge margins, and holds every statewide
office, both U.S. Senate seats and all 10 U.S. House
seats. Massachusetts is a Democrat fiefdom, a one-party
Independents, however, outnumber Democrats, an
indication of the growing disillusionment with both
national parties in America
What, then, is the message out of Massachusetts?
For Democrats, the only good news is they got this
wake-up call in January. They are on notice now that if
they push their health care reform plan to passage and
attempt to ride to victory on Democratic registration
this fall, they could be vulnerable in almost every
Massachusetts today is conclusive evidence that Obama
and his party misread the election returns of 2008.
By November, George W. Bush was at 27 percent; 80
percent thought the country was headed in the wrong
direction; 92 percent thought the economy was poor or
worse. As James Carville said, if the party can`t win
with these numbers, it ought to go into a new line of
The one attribute Americans wanted most in its next
president was that he be for "change." And Obama
had cornered the market on change, while John McCain had
voted 90 percent with Bush.
But instead of seeing the election as a repudiation of
the Bush Republicans, Obama, Pelosi and Reid read it as
an embrace of their wonderful selves and a national cry
for more government.
Following Rahm`s Rule—never let a crisis go to
waste!—Obama and his party took the
collapse of the banks and spreading
economic chaos to attempt the greatest leap forward
in federal power since World War II.
Most Americans understood candidate Obama`s health care
plans to mean that folks who could not afford care would
be able to get it, whatever their conditions. As the
plan evolved, however, it grew in the eyes of the public
into precisely what the
Tea Party and
town-hall protesters said it was: a federal takeover
of one-sixth of the economy. Bureaucrats would decide
who gets what care, when and for how long. And a panoply
of new taxes, fees and regulations would be imposed,
producing a revenue windfall for the federal government
and a quantum leap in power for federal bureaucrats.
What Massachusetts is telling the nation is that the Tea
Party people have won the argument, America doesn`t want
this bill and either put it down or we remember in
Indeed, the crisis of the Democratic Party today may be
a story this Monday by CNS.
It seems that an ABC/Washington
Post poll found that, when asked, "Generally
speaking, would you say you favor smaller government
with fewer services or larger government with more
services?" 58 percent of Americans favored smaller
government with fewer services to 38 percent who favor
more government and more services.
however, reportedly saw fit not to mention the results
of this question in its news story about the poll.
Which is understandable. Why would you publish a poll
that says three in five Americans reject your political
In the near term, what is happening in Massachusetts is
good news for the GOP.
What it says is that, no matter the weakness of the
party label or brand, independents will vote Republican
if that is the only alternative to the party in power.
The GOP can thus run this fall as the only effective
force left in Washington that can block the Democrats`
drive for power. The GOP problem arises when the
presidential season begins in spring 2011.
For what Republican ran last time for cutting back
George Bush`s big government? Who ran against expansion
NATO into Ukraine and Georgia? Who opposed war in
Iraq? Who stood up and said no to
Child Left Behind or Medicare coverage of
Who in the Republican Party today is calling for a Barry
Goldwater-like rollback of federal power and federal
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC.
Patrick J. Buchanan
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Hitler, and "The Unnecessary War": How
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Paul Craig Roberts.