Video: “It’s the end of change as we know it” if Brown wins MA

posted at 10:45 am on January 16, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

Give Mr. Hyperbole, Ed Schultz, his due here. First, he manages to stay within the bounds of reason in this clip, discussing the potential impact of a Scott Brown win over Martha Coakley in Massachusetts. He also argues, correctly, that moderate Democrats in states a lot less Democratic than the Bay State will have to rethink their position on the Obama agenda, even if Schultz laughably calls Joe Lieberman a “Blue Dog” Democrat. He only gets off base when he calls Obama’s response “angry,” when in fact “bewildered” looks more appropriate (via Mary Katharine Ham at the Weekly Standard):

The only way Schultz’ prediction fails is if the red-state Democrats like Ben Nelson, Blanche Lincoln, Evan Bayh, and others believe the spin that Coakley’s loss is entirely her fault and not a reaction to the Obama agenda.  Even lousy candidates get elected to statewide office in the Bay State as long as they have a D next to their name, however, so don’t expect them to ignore the obvious.  If the backlash to the Pelosi-Obama agenda can take out a safe Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts — or even come close to losing it in one of the bluest of blue states — then moderates in red states like Nebraska, Indiana, Arkansas, and others don’t stand a chance.  They’ll start looking for reasons to reassert their independence, starting with ObamaCare and continuing with cap-and-trade.  Schultz is right — it will be the end of the Obama agenda as we know it.

But what does that mean for 2010 and Democratic leadership?  Nancy Pelosi is probably safe for now, but Harry Reid may no longer be necessary.  If the Senate can’t get a health-care bill passed with 60 Democrats, it won’t get one passed with 59, either.  The reasons Reid hasn’t yet admitted defeat for his seat in Nevada, where he polls below 40% now, are (1) he has millions in his campaign warchest, and (2) he can’t push through ObamaCare as a lame-duck Majority Leader.  The Massachusetts race shows fairly clearly that millions of dollars won’t rescue a Democrat from the outrage that the Obama agenda has provoked, and Reid’s continued presence has become an albatross around the neck of his son Rory, who wants to run for governor on the damaged brand of the Reid name.  If ObamaCare runs aground, there isn’t much reason to linger to November to take his well-deserved beating at the polls.

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The Obama clip is awful. He comes off as a partisan hack and not presidential at all.

chaswv on January 17, 2010 at 12:13 PM

He looks like normal too me… He has always been a partisan hack!

Dasher on January 17, 2010 at 3:13 PM

Obama is speaking now in MA, he’s got his frown on, his tie off, and his finger pointing all over the place.

The text of his earlier outrageous BS this morning at the black / MLK-related church in DC is here –

rayra on January 17, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Oh gosh…the double-teaming of Obamarxist and Butch Coakley is making me sick.

You know he knows she’s a loser! They both lie like a rug thou’. You’d think they’d be embarrassed to be such profligate liars!

This am at the church he had his arrogant chin jutted out like Mussolini! Doesn’t any one else notice this disturbing thing he does all the time???

Gob on January 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

The text of his earlier outrageous BS this morning at the black / MLK-related church in DC is here –

rayra on January 17, 2010 at 4:12 PM

Is it just me, or does he still sound really obsessed with himself, even in a speech in which he should be honoring God and Martin Luther King Jr.? Particularly the reference to the “Moses Generation” and the “Joshua Generation.” Sure sounds to me like he’s saying Martin Luther King Jr. was Moses and that he, Barack Hussein Obama, is Joshua.


Oh, AND he still had to throw in the thing about “inheriting” a bad economy and how some things that are said about him really hurt. AWWWWWW, poor baby.

Can I just say it, please? Obama is a pu**y.

Sorry. But it’s true. Sometimes I wish he would just be a man, so that we could have a worthy opponent.

Animator Girl on January 17, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Looks like our great leader has declared war on Americans who believe in free speech and disagree with his socialist agenda. Ariel Durant once said, “A great civilization cannot be conquered from without until it destroys itself from within”. Looks like Barry Soetero is working on doing just that. Lincoln presided over the War between the States. Barry is presiding over the real Civil War to determine our nation’s destiny. He must destroy our system in order to rebuild it as he sees fit.

volsense on January 17, 2010 at 5:13 PM