Claire McCaskill on Missouri’s anti-ObamaCare vote: Message received

posted at 4:12 pm on August 4, 2010 by Allahpundit

No no, just kidding. She did say that, but naturally the message that voters sent somehow isn’t the message that’s landed in her inbox. As she understands it, the message from last night is, “We’re still too ignorant and/or partisan to understand how great ObamaCare is.” Which fits right in with how she’s spun this boondoggle all along: It’s not the law itself that’s the problem, it’s the fact that Democrats “overpromised” on it. Poor liberals, forever having their ingenious policies tripped up by inept “messaging.”

Good news, though, I guess, for any Missouri voters who meant to signal that their opposition to ObamaCare shouldn’t be taken seriously: Your elected representative has heard you loud and clear.

McCaskill said she understood what Missouri voters had been trying to say about the healthcare reform law for which she had voted in the Senate. But the centrist senator downplayed the vote as a result of heavy Republican primary turnout and a lack of education about the effects of the law.

“I certainly noticed the vote on Prop C, the healthcare law, and: message received,” she said Wednesday in a conference call with state reporters.

“I think there has been … a lot of noise about the mandate that people have gotten so focused on that they don’t realize that there’s going to be more access and affordability and more choices,” she said.

High Republican turnout did contribute to the size of the landslide, but as both Ed and Michael Tanner explained this morning, even a unanimous vote on the GOP side couldn’t have gotten you to 71 percent overall. A lot of indies and Democrats — specifically, Democrats motivated enough to vote in a primary — had to be onboard to push past the supermajority threshold. No wonder Newsweek’s spinning as hard as it is to turn last night into some sort of grand defeat for tea partiers: When you’ve got enough bipartisanship on a core tea-party plank to crack 70 percent in a swing state, you’d better work overtime on the “messaging.”

In fairness to McCaskill, she did mention in passing on today’s conference call that there’s a lot of work to do on “the provisions of the law,” not just in making sure that the benighted doofuses who voted on Proposition C fully understand it. Exit question: Does that mean she’ll join the GOP next term in trying to repeal the mandate? Since, you know, the message has been received and all.

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yoda on August 4, 2010 at 7:42 PM

If she’s that vulnerable perhaps the DNC won’t risk her seat. They may “encourage” her to drop out in favor of a stronger Democrat candidate. Not like that hasn’t been done before.
Extrafishy on August 4, 2010 at 6:52 PM

I have donated thousands of dollars to Jim Talent over the years and I hear he is planning a rematch against her.
flyoverland on August 4, 2010 at 7:05 PM

Thank you for giving us your words of hope!

wren on August 4, 2010 at 7:47 PM

Yeah, Senator McCaskill, the message is that you don’t represent the voters in Missouri. Did you get that message, yet?

TBenton on August 4, 2010 at 9:38 PM

Donk’s got their blinders on.

Kissmygrits on August 4, 2010 at 10:11 PM

So Claire is a centrist Dem…yeah, just like O is centrist.

She was one of his earliest/strongest cheerleaders…i mean jumping up and down, arm waving cheerleaders.

r keller on August 4, 2010 at 10:26 PM

Too late, Claire. You should have picked up on the message during last August’s town hall meetings at the very latest. The voters are eager to usher you out of office. Better polish up your resume, punk.

dczombie on August 4, 2010 at 10:28 PM

Bye Bye Claire, we call your office but apparently you never get our messages???
We can’t wait to vote on you. You have become one of those that you criticized so heavily during your campaign.
It’s always good to see another Obama sycophant on the way out!
Thanx again for listening to your constituents.

Dr Bob on August 5, 2010 at 7:27 AM

Maybe Claire McCaskill will really get the message when voters send her packing the next time she is up for re-election!

pilamaye on August 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

McAsskill is on track to receive the same percentage of the vote that Obamakillcare got in Missouri, and she is desperate to hold onto the golden goose. Watch for her to continue to pretend that she understands the voters’ concerns.

maryo on August 5, 2010 at 10:10 AM