The Scott heard round the worldÂ may very well be the loudest shot of the Second American Revolution yet. In the bluest of blue states, a republican contender took down one of the most powerful democrat Senate seats in the nation.
But why did Scott Brown win? Bill Waddell has the most likely explanation of what happened and why in Ah, The Refreshing Winds of Discontent:
“As I have written before, the massive blunder of Obama and the Democrats was to delude themselves into thinking the people had voted for them in the last general election when, in fact, they voted against George Bush and the Republicans.Â The next scenario to unfold will be for the lifelong political hacks in the Republican party to make the same mistake – to interpret the results of yesterday’s vote in Massachusetts as a vote for them, rather than what it was – a vote against the Dems.Â In fact, ‘Re-Elect Nobody” is the driving force these days, and the leadership of both parties should be very, very afraid.”
Mr. Waddell is absolutely right. If the republicans have their heads screwed on right, they will realize that this was not a vote for them, but rather, as we pointed out previously, a vote to stop the momentum of the Obama administration.
I suspect there was more than one democrat in Massachusetts that couldn’t believe they were casting a vote for a republican last night, but they did it anyway, because they realize the danger of an unchecked Legislative and Executive branch.
Where will we go fromÂ here?
It’s hard to say, but if I had to guess I’d say that gridlock will ensue and not much will get done, unless of course we are befallen with another “crisis” such as a continuation of the economic collapse or volatility in the middle east.
It is during crisis that we will see if the republicans and democrats have gotten the message. Scratch that – the democrats don’t get it even after the election of Scott Brown last night, so the best thing for everyone is if all the democrats just get out of Washington at the next opportunity.
The republicans, if history is any guide, will probably not get it either. They had their opportunity in the first years of the Bush administration to pass meaningful reform in health care, retirement planning, taxation and individual liberties, but they failed to do so, even after a 2000 election platform that promised to do so.
In 2008, when the system collapsed, it was John McCain and Barrack Obama who suspended their campaigns to return to Washington to save the country from economic meltdown. Even when 90% of the people were calling, e-mailing and writing their representatives opposing the legislation, none of them got it, and moved forward with passing a $700 Billion bailout for too-big-to-fail institutions.
They didn’t get it then, and considering that the faces in DC haven’t changed all that much in the last decade, chances are, they don’t get it now.
A third party movement for 2012 has been forecast by Trend Research founder Gerald Celente. As of this moment, the movement is in its infancy. Much of America is still leaning either left or right, red or blue, republican or democrat.
The 2010 election, which will likely end with a bludgeoning of the democrat party, will leave it up to the republicans. If by early 2012 the American people don’t see real change they can believe in, the republicans will have set themselves up for an ousting similar to that of their political rivals.
Hat tip shogunole for the link to Mr. Waddell’s piece