Slaughter At The Polls
Virginia has spoken. Americans have had it up to the ears with the Obama juggernaut. As Karl Rove explained to O’Reilly, Obama hasn’t governed the way “he led us to expect he would.” Translation. The president is a liar — and not on trivial issues either. He led the electorate to believe he was a centrist — he has governed from the left. He led the electorate to believe he would watch the deficit — he is a deficit extremist. He led the electorate to believe he would surround himself with the Volkers and the Buffetts. He surround himself with the Van Jones and the Valerie Jarettes and the Anita Dunns. The 62-38 swing by 8:30PM EST is a thirty point electoral swing since last November. And in a state whose northern heavily populated districts front on the White House lawn and whose news is national news. It’s early; New Jersey isn’t in. But the significance of this landslide cannot be understated. An electorally decisive part of the electorate who voted for Obama last November voted against him in Virginia today.
Which means: Obamacare is dead. For now.
Postscript: New Jersey, when you consider that Obama won the state by 15 points is also a landslide shift (20 points) — mainly among independents. By not governing as a centrist Obama has forfeited his margin of victory and doomed his health care reform. On CNN Carville said: If he doesn’t pass health care, the Democrats are going to get “slaughtered” because they will have shown that they can’t govern — they can’t get things done.
Now Obama faces a dilemma. If he moves right to retrieve the independents, he will lose his base. If he continues his leftward course, it is all over for him. He can’t win without the independents and they don’t like his spending and will like the taxes that are coming even less. He is going to have have raise taxes to pay for his deficits; he has a war which he can’t prosecute without losing his base and can’t lose without losing the center. He is already losing his base. The practicalities of governing, the compromises he has had to make to keep his Democratic majority in Congress have washed away some of the fairy dust he sprinkled over the young who thought he walked on water. The options he now has will do more of the same. The revolution is over. The reckoning is on the way. There is one caveat to keep in mind. It’s a two party system and Republicans are also capable of screwing up their opportunities.