Whatever the meaning of yesterday’s election results, the Democrats and the left have reason to be worried. One thing for sure is that the media prognosticators who have been declaring for the past year that the left had reversed the Reagan revolution and was on its way to establishing a European-style social welfare state in America have been thinking wishfully.
And Maine’s decisive repeal of a law permitting gay marriage ought to tell the left that the predicted transformation of public opinion on this issue has not as of yet come to pass.
All this probably means that Barry’s agenda will stall while nervous Democratic legislators contemplate the abyss.
And voice of the far-left Democratic Party “base” Daily Kos warns:
…this is what Democrats better take from tonight:
1. If you abandon Democratic principles in a bid for unnecessary “bipartisanship”, you will lose votes.
2. If you water down reform in favor of Blue Dogs and their corporate benefactors, you will lose votes.
3. If you forget why you were elected — health care, financial services, energy policy and immigration reform — you will lose votes.
Tonight proved conclusively that we’re not going to turn out just because you have a (D) next to your name, or because Obama tells us to. We’ll turn out if we feel it’s worth our time and effort to vote, and we’ll work hard to make sure others turn out if you inspire us with bold and decisive action.
The choice is yours. Give us a reason to vote for you, or we sit home. And you aren’t going to make up the margins with conservative voters. They already know exactly who they’re voting for, and it ain’t you.
If the Democratic spin is that yesterday happened because of Barry’s being too timid on domestic policy (timidity is good on foreign policy), the Republicans have reason to be very happy.