How optimistic of Michael Cook to write the column entitled, “Obama not lame duck…not yet,” in the Newburyport Current after Ted Kennedy’s seat moved across the aisle.
Relax Michael, Newburyport did not vote for Scott Brown. In fact, Mike Capuano was the preference of the area Dem leadership not Martha Coakley and their support for her was very mellow.
Actually, Martha should have won statewide. Forget her underwhelming approach to campaigning; this is, after all, Massachusetts. She lost because the formerly magic letter beside her name on the ballot was a “D.”
And that “D” joined her at the hip with the current administration. Martha didn’t have the willingness or sense to run away from the current administration and the voters made her pay for that foolishness.
How can you describe Scott Brown’s campaign as “a tad disingenuous,” without any explanation?
You mentioned chuckling over writers referring to Obama’s dreadful poll numbers. Thanks for giving me a chuckle by stating that, “President Obama remains the most respected politician in America today.” Since you cite no polls for such an unlikely statement, I’ll assume that you made it up.
You said that Obama “receives high marks from most Americans on national security issues.” Again, no source cited, so again dubious conclusions pass as fact. Those high marks could have been for his having an opinion on issues. I’m not so sure that folks familiar with Fort Hood or the attempted airline bombing are giving him high marks for national security results.
Michael, how can you blame health care reform opponents for stopping it. Your Democrat friends have the numbers in Congress without including anyone else. So why can’t they get it done? Simple. Their indescribable attempt at health care reform cannot even get full Democrat support. Weren’t those bribes to Mary Landrieu and Ben Nelson a sure sign of the bill’s impossible-to-sell provisions?
Next time there’s a tea party in Massachusetts you ought to show up to get a clearer view of what they’re up to. I went to one on the Boston Common and noted two themes – (1) government spending is out of control and, (2) Barney Frank had a major part in the collapse of the housing market. What is your problem with either?
Of course, there are extremists in any movement. Denouncing tea partiers, because of the work of a few of them, is like suggesting that the Democrat Party is evil because bomber Bill Ayers is on board.
Thank you for conceding that, “the Dems will still likely lose some seats in November.” Under the best of situations that usually happens. Brace yourself, Michael, because things will be much worse seat-wise if Obama lets his ideologue nature get the best of him. The voters in three states have tried to get his attention.
Let me make a prediction: If Obama does not change his approach shortly, he will lose the support of every moderate Democrat in Congress. And those Democrats will have to start taking action against Obama very soon or they will be hung with their support for him in November and risk suffering Martha Coakley’s fate.
I wonder what could happen to Congressman John Tierney if an opponent could chain him to supporting President Obama’s agenda. Is there another Scott Brown in the Sixth District?
( This letter-to-the-editor appeared in the Newburyport Current in the February 5th edition. )