What an unexpected night this turned out to be.
Two weeks ago it was unthinkable that Republican Scott Brown would win the special election in Massachusetts, yet tonight, he made history when he proved he could (and did) win it.
The people of Massachusetts spoke tonight and made it evidently clear where they stand on the issues. They also made it clear where they expect their senators and representatives to stand as well.
Many people believe this election was decided because of the health care reform issue, and that may very well be the case. Scott Brown’s win will be the final nail in the coffin for the current health care reform bill, and Democrats know it. If you don’t believe me, just listen to what they have to say now.
It is vital that we restore the respect of the American people in our system of government and in our leaders. 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.
Sen. Webb made it clear that pushing the bill through with a vote before Brown is seated would appear “unfair”. Where was his concern about appearances each time they were pushing the bill through before today? Why wasn’t fairness a concern when they had a filibuster proof majority of 60 votes? Were they blinded with power?
In light of Scott’s victory, Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) says,
If there isn’t any recognition that we got the message and we are trying to recalibrate and do things differently, we are not only going to risk looking ignorant but arrogant.
I take it Rep. Weiner has no idea that he and other Democrats looked ignorant because they were not listening to the American people. I take it he also doesn’t realize they looked arrogant because they were pushing votes on the health care bill before they knew what was contained within it. It’s a shame that it took the loss of “Ted Kennedy’s seat” (as they call it) before they started worrying about appearances.
Evan Bayh (D-IN) adds,
They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.
I don’t believe, for a moment, that any of these Democrats just realized all of this. They knew they had the super majority and they thought they could ram this health care bill down our throats.
Tonight, the people of Massachusetts saved the rest of us from the health care bill fiasco, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is still convinced they can pass the health care bill.
We will get the job done. I am confident of that. I have always been confident of that
Of course, she’s a little slow on the uptake because we all know the Botox has numbed her senses. Reality will dawn on her before the sun rises and she’ll be making another appointment to erase those worry wrinkles too.
All it will take is one vote to kill the bill. I find it highly ironic that the one vote will come from the man sitting in the seat that used to be filled by the ‘Lion of the Senate’, the man who’s life cause was universal health care, Ted Kennedy.
Democrats far and wide know the health care debate must start over. Even the staunchest of supporters of this bill know it’s time to start over. Just think how much they could have accomplished if they had just listened to the American people in the first place.
The people of Massachusetts are sending a fresh face to Washington, and with him, a fresh start on real health care reform. Congratulations Mr. Brown.