Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Perhaps a few Democrats are getting the message

Maybe not everyone in their party is willing to put their heads down and bully through as if nothing has happened after losing elections in Virginia, New Jersey, and perhaps Massachusetts. Some Democrats want to push through their same health care plan that people are rejecting. You have Dick Durbin, the number two Democrat in the Senate, openly discussing the "nuclear option" - pushing through the Senate bill in the House and then trying to adjust things through reconciliation.

But a few Democrats are sounding as if they understand that their actions haven't been popular and are being rejected across the country. Evan Bayh is trying to warn his party.
Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party.

“There’s going to be a tendency on the part of our people to be in denial about all this,” Bayh told ABC News, but “if you lose Massachusetts and that’s not a wake-up call, there’s no hope of waking up.”

What is the lesson of Massachusetts – where Democrats face the prospects of losing a Senate seat they’ve held since 1952? For Senator Bayh the lesson is that the party pushed an agenda that is too far to the left, alienating moderate and independent voters.

“It’s why moderates and independents even in a state as Democratic as Massachusetts just aren’t buying our message,” he said. “They just don’t believe the answers we are currently proposing are solving their problems. That’s something that has to be corrected.”

Bayh pointed that it’s not just Massachusetts. Independents also rejected Democratic gubernatorial candidates in New Jersey and Virginia in November.

“ The only we are able to govern successfully in this country is by liberals and progressives making common cause with independents and moderates,” Bayh said. “Whenever you have just the furthest left elements of the Dem party attempting to impose their will on the rest of the country -- that’s not going to work too well.”
Well, Duh!

Perhaps being up for reelection this year is helping to focus his mind.

And then there is Joe Lieberman.
A victory for Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts would send a message that voters are "really skeptical about this healthcare bill," Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday.

Lieberman ultimately voted for that legislation, after weeks of negotiations between his camp and the Democrats with whom he caucuses.

But the senator told Fox News' Neil Cavuto Tuesday afternoon that a defeat today of one of the bill's strong supporters -- Democratic candidate Martha Coakley -- would still "be a very loud message from Massachusetts."

"Well, it's pretty clear that, if Scott Brown doesn't win, it's certainly going to be close, and that in itself is newsworthy," Lieberman said. "And I think the message is -- from the voters of Massachusetts -- that people are anxious about the future and they're unhappy about what's happening in Washington."

"They're anxious about the economy, the continued high unemployment," he continued. "They don't like all the partisanship and deal-making here in Washington. And they're really skeptical about this health care bill."
Ya think?

Perhaps he's reconsidering his cave-in to Harry Reid.

These are just two who are expressing their concerns about their party's agenda publicly. Imagine what some of the others are thinking.

Of course it's no coincidence that both Lieberman and Bayh are associated with the Democratic Leadership Council. Maybe they are hoping that they can take back their party, but I think the era of the DLC has passed with Clinton's presidency. The inmates have now taken over the asylum.