“Remember the whole “‘Yes, We Can'”

In Uncategorized on January 20, 2010 at 9:09 am

This was on my friend’s facebook status last night after Scott Brown, Republican from Massachusetts, won former senator Ted Kennedy’s seat. After campaigning in Massachusetts, President Barack Obama and the Democrats may not have a leader, dare I say they are searching for an identity. After a wave of optimism that swept the nation to become President, according to Tonyaa Weathersbee, “he is struggling to persuade much of the nation to give him a real chance to govern.”

My friend is right, “Yes, we can” hasn’t translated to governance–so where do the Democrats go from here? According to CNN’s Ed Hornick and Kristi Keck, the Democrats are now blaming each other. “Even before the polls closed on Tuesday night, Democrats were distancing themselves from Democrat Martha Coakley and blaming her lackluster campaign for her stunning loss in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts. A top adviser to President Obama rejected assertions that Tuesday’s vote was a referendum on the president or Democratic policies and instead took a shot at Coakley: “‘Campaigns and candidates matter.'”

Now I’m left with questions: is this setting the stage for things to come in the mid-term elections? What does this do to the President’s healthcare agenda? Who is the leader of the Democratic Party? Time will tell how Democrats respond to this loss, but more importantly, time will tell how the President will respond to such a loss.


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