We are one day away from the very special election in Massachusetts. On the ballot itself the contestants are Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Scott Brown as well as Libertarian Joe Kennedy.
Martha Coakley is a mainstream Democratic candidate. Coakley is not worthy of hate nor vilification. Yes, Martha Coakley has made many mistakes, but those mistakes are not what weigh on her. Coakley ran a smart campaign for the Democratic nomination against the opposition of the Democratic establishment and won. Nancy Pelousy, went to Massachusetts to campaign against her but Coakley won. The Kennedy clan was against her but Coakley won. Coakley vowed to vote against Obama’s health scheme to enrich insurance companies and Coakley won.
After a huge victory in the Democratic primary Martha Coakley became the Coca Cola company. Remember the “New Coke” fiasco? The Coca Cola company threw out its popular product only to replace it with “New Coke”. Americans stocked up on “Old Coke”. It was a disaster which forced the company to return to “Classic Coke”.
After her massive Democratic Primary win Martha Coakley became the “New Coak”. She embraced the Kennedy clan and she embraced Barack Obama’s health scam. Martha Coakley took a draught of Barack Obama. Barack Obama is poison.
Scott Brown is a Massachusetts Republican. Scott Brown is not worthy of hate nor vilification. Scott Brown is not the monster Dimocrats, in desperation, try to create. Scott Brown is a canny candidate from a district that voted 60% for Barack Obama. Scott Brown will likely win in blue of the bluest Massachusetts tomorrow because he appeals to the voters the Obama Dimocrats threw out. Indeed, Scott Brown’s trajectory began to rise when he ran a campaign advertisement and tied himself to the old Democratic coalition. Scott Brown embraced John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
In the 1960 election Catholic John Kennedy had a problem. Protestant America and the white working class did not trust John Kennedy based on his religion. John Kennedy went to West Virginia and spoke to the Protestant white working class voters in the South. Kennedy won their trust and won the presidency. Kennedy, like Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter and especially Bill Clinton won the white working class vote.
Barack Obama took a detour from the coalition that FDR and Jack Kennedy built. JFK also appealed to the increasingly enfranchised African-American voters after his historic call to Coretta Scott King, wife of the imprisoned and missing Martin Luther King, at a moment of great peril to the life of Dr. King.
Barack Obama snubbed the white working class voters and did not even bother to campaign much in states that Hillary Clinton would win, at a time that Obama was the presumed Democratic nominee, by 40 point margins.
Barack Obama chose to run a race based campaign and tarred Hillary Clinton and Bill Clinton, as well as their supporters, as racists. It was the “New Coalition” which we call the “situation comedy” demographic.
The Obama/Axelrod/Brazile vision for the Democratic Party mimics the desired demographics for a television sitcom.
As the long suffering Donna declared A new Democratic coalition is younger. It is more urban, as well as suburban, and we don’t have to just rely on white blue-collar voters and Hispanics.
Axelrod has declared The white working class has gone to the Republican nominee for many elections, going back even to the Clinton years. This is not new that Democratic candidates don’t rely solely on those votes.
Into that abandonment of the white working class steps Scott Brown. There will be many Republican Scott Browns from now on until the “Classic Democrats” reject the “New [Coke] Coalition”. In “purple” Virginia the “situation comedy” was rejected. In “blue” New Jersey the “situation comedy” was laughed at. Tomorrow “bluest of the blue” Massachusetts will also likely change the channel.
Barack Obama, with all his money and tricks and schemes, was about to lose to the clumsy and often mocked John McCain who was in the actual lead for weeks after the Republican convention. It took a return to the center state of a loathed George W. Bush, due to a massive economic crisis, for American voters to finally shift to the inexperienced and unqualified Barack Obama.
Now, after a year of Obama, reality sets in. The voters reject Obama and the foil of their rejection and anger will be the Massachusetts special election. What happens tomorrow is almost beside the point. Republicans this close to victory in Massachusetts is already a rejection of Barack Obama and his “situation comedy” coalition.
At the height of the civil rights movement, Dr. Martin Luther King spoke to the better angels of our nature. Dr. King did not speak in terms of skin color but of character as the defining attribute.
Barack Obama is not a fulfillment of Dr. King’s vision for America, quite the opposite.
Dr. King spoke at a time of dogs and fire hoses and vicious racists. Dr. King would not have smiled at race-baiting. Dr. King also knew that the white working class was not to be rejected but embraced and loved and must be part of the future.
Tomorrow blue of the bluest Massachusetts will decide, not by madness or stupidity, who their representative to the U.S. Senate will be. The voters of Massachusetts will not accept the “teabagger” (Tea Party), “birther” (Obama birth certificate), “wingnut” (right of center), “batsh*t crazy”, labels a desperate and vindictive Obama Dimocratic Party will try to smear Scott Brown with. The voters of Massachusetts will not accept the sexism and misogyny directed at her from some (not the Scott Brown campaign) misguided opposition supporters.
Martha Coakley or Scott Brown will win tomorrow. Barack Obama will lose. Dr. King’s dream will live on. Barack Obama’s dream will die.