Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dems: waking up and smelling the coffee

The Politico reports:
Scott Brown has turned this town upside down. ....

Sen. Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) told a local reporter, “It’s probably back to the drawing board on health care, which is unfortunate.” Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-Mass.) told MSNBC this morning he will advise Democratic leaders to scrap the big bill and move small, more popular pieces that can attract Republicans. And Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) said his leadership is “whistling past the graveyard” if they think Brown’s win won’t force a rethinking of the health care plan.

Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind.), who now might draw a challenge from Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.), said the party needs to rethink its entire approach to governing.

They are in denial no more: If Democrats can lose in Massachusetts, they can lose anywhere.

For otherwise skilled and power-hungry politicians, why did it take them this long to figure out that the Obama agenda was a loser?  Even Obama, when he was campaigning last Fall, was smart enough not to run on this agenda.

The Politico also points to four upcoming races:
Democratic insiders [are] concerned about other signs of trouble that got insufficient notice: Polls show Democrats could lose the New York Senate seat, Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson’s favorable ratings plummeted in Nebraska, new polls showed Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio) trailing badly in his swing district, and Rep. Tim Bishop (D-N.Y.) is in a statistical tie and in more trouble than previously expected.
PREVIOUSLY on the Massachusetts Senate race:
Obamacare: some still want to do a kamikaze run
Mass. focus group says it was all about healthcare
Massachusetts Senate race results live blog
Where has the laughter gone?

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