Love that Toby, though I'm no so sure I agree with him on his statement that healthcare reform is dead. These libs will do whatever it takes to ram this down our throats. Hold on, folks, we may have a rough ride ahead of us.
Read what Harnden wrote earlier today before the Scott Brown victory, from the UK Telegraph:
Barack Obama's one-year presidency?
By Toby Harnden
"It still seems unthinkable that the Democrats could lose a Senate seat in Massachusetts. Ever since everyone got it wrong in the Democratic primary in New Hampshire in January 2008 we’ve all been reluctant to call New England election races before the votes have been cast. But Barack Obama’s party is already forming a circular firing squad and engaging in a big-time blame game. So if Scott Brown does beat Martha Coakley what will it mean? Here are 10 suggestions:
1. Health care reform is dead. Even if there was (and it’s doubtful) some procedural way the Democrats could push it through, such a move would be political suicide.
2. Obama will have failed to achieve his signature reform despite Democrats having had a healthy majority in the House and a 60:40 advantage in the Senate. That is a huge blow and could render him not just a one-term President but a one-year President in terms of his political authority.
3. Obama will have failed to achieve his signature reform in such a way as to destroy any chances of fulfilling a signature pledge: to bring a new bipartisanship to Washington. By pushing through a bill on a party-line vote in the Senate, he left himself vulnerable to an electoral surprise or a death – it was a win-or-bust strategy.
4. Republicans, of course, played a major role in destroying health care reform. Democrats will ty to portray them as the rejectionist party of 'No' – and any GOP jubilation will help play into that.
5. Just because Obama has failed, it doesn’t mean Republicans have succeeded. The party lacks a credible national figurehead or standard bearer for 2012. There’s time yet but having helped tear Obama down, the party needs to start building itself up and offering an alternative.
6. Look for many more embattled Democrats in the House and possibly even the Senate opt to not run in the November mid-terms. After all, if a Democrat can get beaten in Massachusetts how many Democrat incumbents in red states and districts that went for Obama in ‘08 will be feeling secure?
7. Nothing will get done in Congress this year.
8. The stage is set for big Republican gains in November. The House will be in play and even the long-shot chance of taking the Senate becomes more feasible.
9. Posing nude in a soft porn magazine will no longer be a bar to political office
10. 2010 will become the year of populism."