Scott Brown’s victory has already started showing signs of changing the tone in Washington. First up we have Senator Evan Bayh who has finally come out of hiding to warn Democrats that ignoring the message sent by Massachusetts would be a catastrophe:
“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”
“It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message,” he said. “They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.”
“ The only we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates,” Bayh said. “Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Dem party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country -- that’s not going to work too well.”
Very nice words Mr. Bayh, but where the hell was that kind of talk on Christmas Eve?
Next we have Old Joe Lieberman saying that Massachusetts is sending a message on healthcare:
"Well, it's pretty clear that, if Scott Brown doesn't win, it's certainly going to be close, and that in itself is newsworthy," Lieberman said. "And I think the message is -- from the voters of Massachusetts -- that people are anxious about the future and they're unhappy about what's happening in Washington."
"They're anxious about the economy, the continued high unemployment," he continued. "They don't like all the partisanship and deal-making here in Washington. And they're really skeptical about this health care bill."
"I think we're at a point where there are not -- there's not a single Republican who really will vote for this bill as it is now or as it was moving to be in the conference committee," Lieberman said.
Speaking of the people not liking all that deal making, what exactly was the deal that made Old Joe Lieberman cave?
Finally, we have Senator Jim Webb from Virginia who says that the senate should stop voting until Brown is seated:
"In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process," Webb said in a statement. "To that end, I believe it would only be fair and prudent that we suspend further votes on health care legislation until Senator-elect Brown is seated."
Something tells me Senator Webb can add: Bob McDonnell + Scott Brown = I’m Doomed!
I expect there will be a steady steam of attitude adjustments in Washington over the next few days. The big question is, will there be enough of them to effectively kill ObamaCare?
Via: ABC News
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