It was just a matter of time. Democrats are, if nothing else, street fighters. And they have simply taken too many big hits in the last several weeks not to fight back, and fight dirty.
First, there is Harry Reid and his ‘racially insensitive’ quotes. Frankly, other than Michael Steele there has been little conversation from the GOP regarding Reid. Overall, most Republicans feel free to let Democrats dig their own grave on this one, which in my humble opinion is the right strategy.
But Democrats need a distraction; and for them, it is always to mirror the racism charge back at Republicans.
“There are some Republicans who are trying to use this for political advantage,” said a source close to the Reid camp. “If Senators [Jon] Kyl, [John] Cornyn and others want to have an open and honest debate about race — and if they want to discuss their records on issues of importance to the African-American community — we welcome that dialogue. But we are not going to stand idly by while hypocritical Republicans take swipes at Senator Reid, distorting his record of achievement and their own record of failure.”
But that is just it: Democrats DO NOT WANT an honest dialogue on race. Do they really want to answer how unemployment in the African American and Hispanic communities have reached all time highs under Barack Obama? Do they really want to answer how their liberal policies (mostly from the Great Society) have largely left the African American community worse off than when their programs started? No. They want to throw around baseless claims of racial prejudice to muddy the waters, instead of worrying about issues of prejudice on their side of the aisle.
If it were not for the health care debate, Obama would have long ago thrown Reid under the proverbial bus. Honestly, the list of people Obama has rolled over is so long (Rev. Wright, his own grandmother, Louis Farakhan, Tom Daschle, etc.) that it is remarkable anyone is left in the administration. But health care is the one and only issue, and Obama needs Reid, and thus, Reid survives to fight for another day. And without Reid, Health care is dead; heck, with Reid it is on life support. This from Roll Call this morning, saying that the Democrat Health care bill is in serious trouble:
“We’ve got a problem on both sides of the Capitol. A serious problem,” Ways and Means Chairman Charlie Rangel (D-N.Y.) said Tuesday evening. “There’s no agreement. No deal on anything. Nothing,” the lawmaker said.
That is why Democrats are feeling pressure from all sides these days. On their lone ‘achievement’ in 2009…they are on the precipice of failure.
Massachusetts is the new battleground…and one they were clearly not prepared for. Heck, Coakley has had to pay union members to carry their signs…and these same guys say they are going to vote for Brown!
Scott Brown is running an amazing grassroots campaign in Massachusetts that has shocked Democratic operatives. No one thought this was winnable; the Democrats themselves had put minimal money into the race until this week. But polls appear to be closing, and Monday’s debate did not help matters, as Brown looked like the stronger and more knowledgeable candidate.
But never say the Democrats aren’t conniving. First comes the conveniently leaked photographs of Brown posing semi-nude for Cosmopolitan 20 plus years ago. Maybe some people care, but I don’t. Hell, this may increase the women’s vote…I never said I was ever able to predict women anyway. And this is just their latest maneuver to discredit Brown anyway possible. They have been running ads linking Brown to George W. Bush and Rush Limbaugh (although he has never met either man). And then the DNC put out this statement on Tuesday night, linking Brown to those ‘evil’ Tea Partiers:
“Scott Brown made a deal with the devil – and he should have held out for a better one…Brown’s embrace of radical tea party groups for funding coincides nicely with his willingness to accept the millions in television ads from shadowy out-of-state organizations with links to Karl Rove…”
But all of this doesn’t matter. Brown is closing the gap, and now trails by only 2 points in the most recent Rasmussen poll. And clearly, Democrats are worried, as they shuttle in personnel and barrels of dollars in order to pre-empt the possibility of a catastrophic defeat in a heavily Democratic state. Coakley has gone so far as have a huge fundraiser with numerous big time Democratic lobbyists just days before the election…an almost unheard event.
Democrats, of course, have a contingency plan. If Brown does somehow get elected, there is already a plan to delay Brown’s entrance into the Senate until after the health care vote. There are plenty of excuses of why they may delay the certification of the vote (Dan Perrin of Redstate has a nice breakdown), but ultimately it comes down to delay tactics. They could seat him the day after the election if they wanted to…but shenanigans will win out. And remember, this all comes after the law was changed for the second time, so the state could seat a Democrat in the interrim.
The stench emanating from the offices of the Democratic National Committee these days is hard to take. In one short year, Barack Obama and his cohorts have changed Washington from the usual pig trough of backroom deals and money giveaways into gang like Chicagoland politics. If anyone didn’t believe things could get worse in Washington…well, here is the evidence. If Brown is elected and conveniently barred from the Senate prior to the Health care vote, it will be one of the ugliest moments in American history: a moment when the voters have spoken (in a clearly Democratic state, mind you) and possibly will be usurped by party politics. I hope this does not happen, but I wouldn’t be surprised in the least.