Teabagging Racists Win The Day In Massachusetts

I felt a glimmer of hope for our country as I watched that “homophobic, racist, teabagging, supporter of violence against women” win the Massachusetts Senate seat yesterday.  Don’t get me wrong, Brown would not satisfy my qualifications for a Conservative, but he is probably the best we’re going to get from those wingnuts in New England.  Mary Katharine Ham from the Weekly Standard nails it this week in her column

Now that voter discontent has appeared in the bluest of blue states, and it’s focused on the president’s handling of terror, taxes, and health care, it’s become much harder to marginalize Tea Party activists and other critics of the administration as:

“extremist mobs” by the Democratic National Committee, pawns of the insurance industry by Senator Dick Durbin, “un-American” by Nancy Pelosi and Steny Hoyer, “brownshirts” by Representative Brian Baird of Washington, “manufactured” and “Astroturf” by White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, “evilmongers” by Senator Harry Reid, accused of “fear-mongering” by the president, and been deemed “political terrorists” by Representative Baron Hill of Indiana.

It was always wishful thinking to believe that town hall protesters were a tiny segment of the country— all sound and fury signifying nothing.  Even when it was a smaller group, their concerns were legitimate.  It was disrespectful and dumb of Democrats to smear people giving voice to their worries, evincing the exact arrogance that turned voters in Massachusetts away from Martha Coakley.

As Brown’s win showed, it signified something, indeed.  Perhaps Coakley’s loss would not have snuck up on national Democrats and Coakley herself if they hadn’t spent the last year minimizing and denigrating administration critics.  It’s easy to think you’ve got an election in the bag when you assume your only opposition is a tiny clan of noisy, redneck racists (and, how many of those could there by in Massachusetts, anyway?).

It’s easy to do a mediocre job selling one’s sweeping health-care overhaul when you assume anyone against it just lives to hate poor people and/or do violence to President Obama.

Democrats fooled themselves into believing the town-hall/Tea Party caricature and ignored the feelings of real Americans…

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