So if you haven't notice from the headlines plastered all over the news, Republican Scott Brown has won the former Senate seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. With Senator-elect Brown's victory, it is the first time in 31 years that a Republican has represented Massachusetts in the US Senate. If you want to read more into the finger pointing within the Democratic Party on who to blame, feel free to Google it.
Here's my take on yesterday's events: Joe Lieberman, head for the hills!
With all due respect Senator Lieberman, your self-serving, manipulative tactics aren't going to get you anywhere, anymore. After stalling Health Care Reform in the Senate for weeks on end, with your fellow cronies, Senators Ben Nelson and Olympia Snowe (among others), your power trip just reached an abrupt end. Yesterday, before the polls even closed in MA, you said that the Democratic Party needs to move more to the center! Are you crazy?! That is exactly what is currently wrong with the Democratic Party.
On November 3rd, 2008, if anyone would have told any Democrat that we would have 59 votes in the Senate, that Democrat would be jumping for joy and would say that we could pass any legislation that we wanted. The following day, the American People gave an astoundingly loud mandate to the newly appointed Democratic administration to push the Progressive agenda through Congress.
Yet one year later, we have allowed the process to be hi-jacked by conservative Democrats that are all about self preservation and hurting Progressives (the latter of which applies specifically to Lieberman after his loss to Ned Lamont in the Senate Primary circa 2006.) But that won't continue anymore. Without 60 possible Democratic votes, we don't have to worry about appealing to the likes of Senator Lieberman. We must now do exactly what President Bush did with a Republican Senate, get legislation passed without a supermajority! Its time for Democrats in the Senate to grow some spines and do the work that Democrats were put in office to do, especially passing true Health Care Reform. Past precedent demonstrates that legislation can be passed in the Senate without 60 votes to overcome the Filibuster, whether by reconciliation or other means. But the message delivered last night is clear (unlike what some of the pundits and conservatives want to say) inaction, not action, will decide whether Democrats experience a bloodbath come this November 2nd.