Top 10 reasons the Dems lost in Massachusetts

10.  Obama – who believed his own rhetoric that the country was ready for the change he hoped for.

 9.  Obama – who, like Newt Gingrich after the ‘94 election and George W. Bush after the ‘04 election, came to believe that just because the voters voted them in meant they had been given a carte blanche to do whatever they wanted.

 8.  Obama – who forgot that when all the dust of an election settles down, Americans favor incremental change rather than sudden, quantum leaps.

 7.  Obama – who views politics in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Virginia, and elsewhere through the lens of Chicago politics as practiced by Rahm Emanuel.

 6.  Obama – who forgot that an incumbent president with sinking poll numbers should not make an eleventh-hour, high profile visit to boost a candidate with sagging poll numbers herself.

 5.  Obama – who forgot that Independent voters pay attention.

 4.  Obama – who sloughed off the Tea Party movement as a fringe element that had no impact on elections.

 3.  Obama – who pushed a massive health care proposal that polls showed was not favored by a majority of voters, so fast and so hard that he overshot the mark by a mile.

 2.  Obama – who pushed Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to ram through a health care bill at any cost, and to make whatever deals he had to in order to secure passage.

 1.  Obama – who failed to recognize that cutting a sweetheart deal publicly with Big Labor less than one week before a key election, was a really boneheaded move.

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January 20th, 2010
12:30 pm

It certainly wasn’t because as National Review would like to believe, that the citizens of Mass. approve of unconstitutional warfare, bloated defense budgets, imperialism, torture, and the rest of our foreign policy planks (well, they didn’t exactly phrase it that way, but the truth is the same).

Of course it was about Obama. And unless the republicans who actually care about liberty, limited government, a sensible foreign policy, sound money, and the like get out and support republicans who are vastly different than Mr. Brown, they are just going to replace this bunch of failures with more folks who will continue to erode our freedoms as fast as the current gang are trying to.

In this case it is a shame that the Mass voters did not have a REAL choice, but someone who really cares about liberty, freedom, and limited government would never get elected in Mass.


January 20th, 2010
12:34 pm

2 party system is Lame —- The democrats and republicans in every state house in the nation have conspired to make sure they don’t ever have to face any real competition. They have passes horrendous ballot access laws that make 3rd parties spend most of their money on getting on the ballot rather than on the campaign. Mentalities like Deathportal is objecting too further challenge an alternate contender.

Things are so bad that the last time a congressional 3rd party candidate qualified to run in GA was 1934! Yes, the two parties in this state care so little about your freedom of choice that they wish to continue offering up garbage and being able to say “well, at least we aren’t them.” But then look at sunday alcohol sales and you can see that the legislature doesn’t care about your rights, or your free choice.

Swede Atlanta

January 20th, 2010
12:44 pm

Fix-it @ 12:29

I have not seen either the House or Senate bills. What I know comes from a combination of mainstream media (print, tv and radio), alternative media, the net, etc. I would have liked to see both the final House and Senate bills posted for review. They may be out there, I haven’t looked.

As to members of Congress not knowing what is in the bill you are probably right. There are probably members that don’t know and shame on them. But this is nothing new. Members of both parties have been voting on bills they really had not read for as long as I can remember. They get a brief from an aide and decide how they are going to vote.

I would venture to guess that there are Democrats that voted for their chamber’s version of the bill without any detailed knowledge of what was in it. They read the Cliff notes. Similarly it appears there are Republicans who didn’t read the bill because as a block they had decided they were going to vote no.

This is one of the biggest problems with our law-making process. Bills are usually very long and complex. Members aren’t going to sit for hour after hour after hour to read the details. They get the cliffnotes version. The aide that prepares the briefing for the Member gets to pick and choose what the Member knows about the bill. I firmly believe that often it is the opinion of a trusted aide that decides how the Member will vote.

street smart

January 20th, 2010
12:52 pm

JOAN—-you and several people say that Brown is right when he says his seat in congress is neither GOP or Dem but instead the peoples seat. Dubya also said when he ran against Gore that he would always be the peoples President. And he was…… the RICH people and BIG GOVT people President. The GOP have always been for the wealthy and to hell with the working class. When the GOP had the House, Senate & Chief Exec office under Dubya the middle class grew poorer, in debt, foreclosed & unemployed while the rich got richer. Do you think that happened by accident? Like Dubya, Brown can talk the talk but not walk the walk. Wait and see.

Real Athens

January 20th, 2010
12:53 pm

Deb: I blog from Athens, GA. And I’d guess we would agree on more than you think. Check it out:

Fix-It: As long as you represent the “tea party” movement in America — it will never go anywhere, the veil is lifted when you speak/write. Fix-It? Patriot?

How about half-wit?

Listen to Mr. Liberty. He’s a patriot.

DAVID-AJC Truth Detector

January 20th, 2010
1:00 pm

THE KENNEDY..mystique…..& the OBAMA mystique have hit a brick wall of reality.

Chris Broe

January 20th, 2010
1:03 pm

Bob Barr used to write for Letterman. The top ten reasons Y Brown won. (One). Those pictures of Obama as a voodoo frankenstein are scary, man. (Two). Those pictures of Obama as a Hitler-in-blackface are too Mel Brooks. (Three). The first lady cheats at double-dutch jump-rope. (Four). The first family took too long to get a dog. (Five). Americans don’t trust a light-skinned negro who can’t rap. (Six). The Nobel Prize should have gone to Beyonce, who put out a really phat video last year. (Seven). Two words: Incumbentitis. (Eight). Bush is a much better golfer. (Nine). It’s the Mandatory Participation, Stupid. (Ten). “Invoking Cloture” sounds too much like a sex act.


January 20th, 2010
1:23 pm

@street smart
Keep drinking the “evil rich” Kool-aid. You are in lock-step with the Democratic Party’s talking points, using class warfare.

ICE Beer is 5.5% and cheaper too

January 20th, 2010
1:24 pm

Don’t blame me. I voted for Ron Paul.


January 20th, 2010
1:31 pm

I’m looking forward to getting back to the good old days of Bush/Cheney. Bravo Repubs!

smart black guy

January 20th, 2010
1:45 pm

Shove this Bill down our Throat, and watch the American People Revolt!


January 20th, 2010
2:10 pm

I hear the progressive liberals whine that the repubicans will take us back to the days of Bush. Tax breaks for the wealthy blah blah blah.

Now when did you see a conservative exclusive backroom deal making congress? Tell me! Please! When did Obama and the liberal congress invite the conservatives in the bill writing process? Tell me! Please!

When did the progressive liberals try to bribe senators and labors unions for voting against the wish of the American people? You can not tell me that either can you? You have selective memory and an ideology no one wants. Get it! Please!


January 20th, 2010
2:15 pm

The Democrats have no one to blame but themselves, They allowed the Repuklicans to obstruct, delay, and block their legislative agenda. America hasn’t made any progress since 1981. Former 3rd world countries have advanced faster than we have. The American political system is stuck on stupid and trapped in legislative gridlock. I think a “Fuhrer” or an “Il-duche” would do a much better job.

JR Ewing

January 20th, 2010
2:34 pm


JR Ewing

January 20th, 2010
2:38 pm



January 20th, 2010
3:05 pm

Denmark and Sweden citizens pay a little over 1/2 their income in taxes. Is that want we want?


January 20th, 2010
3:09 pm

I have ten different reasons:
1. The liberals want far more government control than the people do.
2. The democrats forged ahead with a couple of health care plans that the vast majority of Americans oppose. They did not listen.
3. The people are frightened by a scale of spending by the democrats that they did not imagine.
4. The people actually wanted a post partisan president, not a Chicago bully boy
5. Democrat leadership offended us by their arrogance and disregard of the people
6. We hate seeing votes bought for billions
7. Obama seems arrogant and condescending. His rhetoric is unsatisfying and no longer believable.
8. Democrats seem more interested in the approval of a small group of journalists, rich fat cats, professors and movie stars than the concerns of me and my family.
9. Obama and the dems already screwed up the stimulus and everything else they touched. Why the rush to screw up healthcare too.
10. There are things I want to see change about healthcare but the democrats are just going to make a bad situation worse.

Gon'e Fishin'

January 20th, 2010
3:41 pm

Obssess much, Bob?

Big D

January 20th, 2010
3:41 pm

Chris Broe 1:03, I don’t agree with you much, but that was good.
SBG, Amen.


January 20th, 2010
3:53 pm

He won because he got the most votes…

Dunwoody Mike

January 20th, 2010
4:12 pm

retired, is a chart of Swedish tax rates. It is a progressive taxation system, lioke we have in the US and many other countries.
Right now, 1 Swedish Krona is equivalent to 13.9 US cents, or approx. 7.2 SEK to the dollar.
Notice that those that makes under SEK 380,200 (US$ 52,000) pay NO national tax.
You can use that chart to figure out how nuch someone with your income pays, and compare it to the benefits of living in Sweden.


January 20th, 2010
4:59 pm

When Ted Kennedy found out that LBJ was flying back to DC on Air Force One after the assassination, he screamed, “what is that %(@!#* doing on OUR plane?”

It wasn’t the Kennedy’s plane, and it wasn’t the Kennedy’s Senate seat. Martha Coakley thought it was.

Apparently, Senator Brown also looks better naked than his opponents.


January 20th, 2010
5:05 pm

Democrats lost because the didn’t deliver on their promises. The repubs ran a nude model and won. Obama & Co capitulated to big business in every aspect last year. No financial reform, no ‘legitimate’ healthcare bill, increased troops in Afghanistan. If they had done the things they said they would do, republicans wouldn’t have a chance. They have between now and September, or its back to business as usual with the GOP running both houses of Congress. Not like they have a plan, they just want to get back in power.

People all of a sudden have a clue what a deficit is, but said nothing while republicans ran it up. They did nothing of substance while in power, and the dems have done the same thing this year. Nothing. We need a legit 3rd party pronto. Both parties are bought and paid for.

Oh the Irony

January 20th, 2010
5:19 pm

It smiles to make me think that Obama would not have gotten the democratic nomination without the support of Ted Kennedy and now the seat Kennedy held for generations was lost to a Republican because of Obama.

Robert Littel

January 20th, 2010
5:50 pm

Considering that the election of a Black president is just a foreshadow of what is coming in the near future, when Whites become the minority, and considering that the corporate Lily white elitists who now control almost all aspects of our society (except breeding rates, evidently) want to maintain their control as long as they possible can, it is vital (from their perspective) to make sure that Barak Obama’s tenure in office is an abject failure. If they can make it happen, then they will have a rationale to insure that the plurality of whites, that will still exist, will be able to unite behind the contrived idea that the experimentation with ethnic leadership (with emphasis on darker complexions) should not happen again any time soon, even in the face of their reduced numbers.

“Absolute power corrupts, absolutely” and if anything has become apparent in the last century, it is that wealth is power and absolute wealth (as in 1/2 of all wealth sits in the pockets of about 4000, curiously White people) corrupts absolutely. There is a race based campaign, being waged from the top, using clueless and very racist uneducated, lower middle class Whites (teabaggers, gun nuts, and others)in an effort to seize an opportunity to mount a contrived populist stance against this president, at a time when the mess they dropped in his lap is at a most critical point. They perceive, correctly, that the weakness they imposed on the country can be used to further that end, and the solid wall of uncooperative behavior coming at this president by the completely corporate owned Republican Party, is only a symptom of the all out war being waged against him and us. Barak Obama is a president that is not only at war with our real enemy (in Afghanistan and other areas), but the costly faked enemy in Iraq (compliments of the corporatists), but also at war with an enemy that has launched a sustained all out attack against him since the day he took office, the entrenched and self-serving ultra-ultra-rich and their cheaply bought minions.

Barak Obama has done very well considering the attention span of the average so called independent voters, that are now drifting mindlessly and impatiently back over the line to corporate control. I doubt very much, that the corporatists could have galvanized the forces of ignorance and bigotry so fast if the Democrat winner had been White and I can only hope that the clueless voters, who made the correct choice in 2008, will wake up to the fact that they have to take a political stand on the side that actually represents their interests, and stop whoring after the sloganeering corporatists at every shift in the breeze, as has just happened in Mass.. We have a choice to become informed citizens, or we can take the simple way out and just become pawns of the autocracy of corrupted wealth.


January 20th, 2010
6:14 pm

If this country is going to stay healthy, the “tea party” is going to need to become a major party and represent all of the middle class. Seeing as the democrats really seem to help only the ultra poor and the republicans only the ultra rich, about 99% of us would be better off with a party representing sensible middle of the table agendas.

In the republican “moral majority” revolution of 94, this kind of thinking was what was promised, although also including a religious undercurrent. Sadly, the Republicans got away from limiting spending or representing the middle class. The Democrats have not represented the average working person in a much longer timeframe than that.

And here’s an idea that shouldn’t be so hard for congress to grasp, vote this healthcare issue through one idea at a time. You’d get the good stuff and leave out the garbage. Then, do the same with the budget, vote in the necessary core programs and have your pork projects in a separate bill that would be voted down nearly unanimously. Stop tying in bad ideas with things that are necessary. If it’s not good on it’s own merit, don’t do it.


January 20th, 2010
7:37 pm

America is upset that Obama didn’t pull out his magic wand and make all of our problems – decades in the making – go away in one puff. Good job America. Hold on to those tea bags because the way we’re going we’re going to need them. We lack courage and we have short memories. And that will be our down fall.


January 20th, 2010
9:11 pm

Are you people BLIND? You’re happy to be gaining control back in the U.S. Capitol. Great. What are your elected Republican representatives going to do now? What is going to be different from 2001-2008? ANSWERS? Nothing. I believe people were happy before with the economy in decline and no good health care. People just rather be poor and die.

Jay Stinks like Rotten Fish

January 20th, 2010
9:37 pm

Reason # 11 – Because Jay Bookman cries like a little girl, such a sissy boy – the Dummycrats are such whiners.

Did you notice?

January 20th, 2010
9:51 pm

Did anyone notice how Brown only said republican once in his speech? Did anyone notice the difference in Tea Party action in this race compared to the NY-23? Did anyboy notice that when a Dem wins an off year election it means nothing but when the Reps do the Dems are now in trouble?

Church of the Latter Day Dude

January 20th, 2010
10:39 pm

The candidate who acts the most un-dude always loses.

Aw, screw it, let’s go bowling, man.

The dude abides.

Mrs. Norris

January 21st, 2010
1:58 am

Ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha !


January 21st, 2010
2:00 am

UGAaccountant, you make far too much sense. That will never do here in Wonderland.


January 21st, 2010
6:51 am

One reported summed it up best, This isn’t Ted Kennedy’s Mass. anymore, it is now Jack Kennedy’s Mass. Big difference.

Tim Ryles, Ph.D.

January 21st, 2010
9:14 am


Not sure that psephology is your strong suit. By the way, according to the morning paper, the state is providing $4000 per employee per year over a five year period to a German plant to locate in southeast Georgia. Is that not socialism and a subject for your next column? A good reason for opposing Republicans socialist policies?


January 21st, 2010
10:04 am

Why is there no discussion on reducing the costs of healthcare, or for that matter any government program. Consider the health insurance companies for a moment. They decide where and how money is spent. is that what we want? did that principle make the USA great? No…. Instead look at the medical procedures that are outside of insurance. Lasik eye surgery, hair implants, breast implants, cosmetic dentistry…etc. The consumer pays for these without insurance. YET what has happened to these services, they got better and cheaper. Do you think a MRI would cost $1,250 if the market was free. Imagine how much a MRI would cost if we could shop and use our own money.

Until we apply the principles of CAPITALISM to everything, healthcare, government, social security we are doomed to lose and fall further behind.

Freedom to choose and spend your money is a dying concept. When we trade freedom for security we get neither.

How many americans are personally responsible today vs 50 years ago. With free healthcare will we take better or worse care of ourselves. consider an American at a restaurant. When he pays al a carte he eats responsibily, at a all you can eat buffet that same person is a pig. We are becoming pigs.

Wake up and be responsible for your own actions.

BS Aplenty

January 21st, 2010
10:09 am

Tim, as stated, your argument seems to make sense – but only from a liberal viewpoint. Here’s why. When the government grants a property tax forbearance to a company in hopes of it locating within it’s sovereign borders, that government has simply agreed not to take taxes from a business.

A business that will employ (not that Democrats give a damn about employment) hundreds of taxpaying citizens, and a business that will source some/much/all of its purchases with other local, taxpaying businesses. Businesses that employ hundreds, if not thousands, of other taxpaying citizens. There’s a multiplier effect.

I would suggest you read a bit more in the area of economic development. Small, rural communities use this type of incentive, one that will be paid back many times over, more so than metropolitan areas. Nevertheless, many governments use this process to attract new business and JOBS.

Not that you’d be interested in those.

BS Aplenty

January 21st, 2010
10:12 am

I think it ought to be a law that you have to take an introductory macro economics course before you graduate from high school. Mandatory.

Hard Right Hook

January 21st, 2010
11:13 am


January 20th, 2010
11:53 am
As a former New Englander I can tell you that the main reason Brown won was because Coakley is an out of touch idiot.”

This brings about an interesting question. If Coakley was an “out of touch idiot,” why did the good people of Mass continue to foist the grand master of out-of-touch idiots, Sir Teddy the Magnificent, onto the public scene for 40 some years? It took that long to wake up?

Chris Broe

January 21st, 2010
11:19 am

(Eleven). The democrats went with a three-man rush.


January 21st, 2010
11:46 am

Why does a Republican winning in Mass automatically mean it was Obama’s fault? Couldn’t it just be that the Democratic candidate was a total mess, moron, and all around failure – which I believe she was. This should be a proud day – that the voters voted for the best candidate and not just along party lines.

Hard Right Hook

January 21st, 2010
11:52 am

Maybe it took that long to sober up. Just a thought.


January 21st, 2010
1:50 pm

I have to agree with Herman Cain on this one. It wasn’t so much a vote for the Republicans and a vote against the Democrats as it was a “kick all of the bums out” statement. Brown just happened to run as a Republican, but his message was the one people want to hear….those 535 seats are OURS!

Hard Right Hook

January 21st, 2010
1:57 pm

Herman Cain is a smart man.

Those 535 seats are ours, but we must step up and take responsibility for them. Starting today!


January 21st, 2010
2:25 pm

BS Aplenty

January 21st, 2010
10:12 am
I think it ought to be a law that you have to take an introductory macro economics course before you graduate from high school. Mandatory.

That course was required at my public high school in Georgia. I’m not going to imply the content was rigourous, but it was taught.


January 21st, 2010
2:44 pm

10 reasons why Bob Barr is no longer relevant (if ever)

1. small minded
2. lazy
3. short sighted
4 hypocrite
6. bush
7 the mustache
8. lives in past
9. not very intelligent
10. morals and ideals are bendable to current trends


January 21st, 2010
5:32 pm

Bob tells it like it is. Hope he keeps it up.
We need a change. A REAL CHANGE.

Glenn Beck

January 21st, 2010
7:04 pm

Hope to have Bob on the show Monday .
When we had him on the show last January he predicted a lot of we see today.
Glenn Beck.

Robert Littel

January 21st, 2010
8:30 pm

The Supreme Court today, surrendered the last vestiges of what was left of the Potemkin like facade that our government has become, by handing it over to the corporations. We are now all just pawns in the corporate state that has been declared into existence by the worst Supreme Court decision since Dred Scott. We are no longer citizens with citizen rights, we are merely consumers with consumer rights and the Constitution covers that, NOT AT ALL. Were are screwed and we know who did it, and why – GREED. AMERICA – KILLED BY THE CORPORATE OWNED COURT.

Hard Right Hook

January 21st, 2010
10:45 pm

So move back to your Socialist utopia, professor emeritus. Who’se making you stay here?

I’ll even pitch in bus fare.