Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I knew it was coming, and I was waiting for it: Governor Palin just issued a statement about Scott Brown's historic victory over Martha Coakley in today's special election in Massachusetts. Read her Facebook note, and then read my comments underneath.
The Governor wrote:
Congratulations to the new Senator-elect from Massachusetts! Scott Brown’s victory proves that the desire for real solutions transcends notions of “blue state” and “red state”. Americans agree that we need to hold our politicians accountable and bring common sense to D.C.
Recent elections have taught us that when a party in power loses its way, the American people will hold them accountable at the ballot box. Today under the Democrats, government spending is up nearly 23 percent and unemployment is higher than it’s been in a quarter of a century. For the past year they’ve built a record of broken promises, fat cat bailouts, closed-door meetings with lobbyists, sweetheart deals for corporate cronies, and midnight votes on weekends for major legislation that wasn’t even read. The good citizens of Massachusetts reminded Democrats not to take them for granted.
Americans cheered for Scott Brown’s underdog campaign because they viewed his candidacy as a vote against the Democrats’ health care bill. You know that there’s something wrong with this legislation when opposition to it inspired a Republican victory in a state that currently has no Republicans in Congress and last sent a Republican to the Senate nearly 40 years ago.
Clearly this victory is a bellwether for the big election night ten months from now. In the spirit of bipartisanship, let me offer some advice to the Democrats on how to stem this populist tide. Scrap your current health care bill and start from scratch. We all want true reform, but government mandated insurance is not it. Scott Brown campaigned against this top-down bureaucratic mess. We need common sense solutions like reforming malpractice laws, allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines, giving individual purchasers the same tax benefits as those who get coverage through their employers, and letting small businesses pool together to provide insurance for their employees. Focus your efforts on jobs, not on job-killing legislation. Such a change in approach would show Americans that you’re listening.
My best wishes to Senator-Elect Brown. When you go to Washington, may you never forget the ordinary citizens you met while driving that truck through the great Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
- Sarah Palin
Democrats will try to downplay this. In fact, that has already started--along with some finger-pointing. There is no downplaying this. For a Republican to be sitting in Ted Kennedy's seat in the bluest-of-blue state of Massachusetts cannot be downplayed with any shred of honesty. This victory for Scott Brown is a referendum on the Obama administration and his policies, especially his health scare bill. Maybe, just maybe, Washington will now listen to the American people. Nancy Pelosi, of course, said earlier that no matter what, they were going to cram health care down the American people's throats--whether we like it or not. Not wise at all. Obviously America doesn't like it. We've been saying it, but Pelosi and posse have refused to listen. They'd better listen now because this reclaiming of America is just beginning!
So I join Governor Palin, the residents of Massachusetts, and the American people in congratulating Scott Brown on his victory.
President Obama just recently laughed at the Senator-elect's GMA pick-up truck, another indicator that he is out of touch with hard-working American people. Like Governor Palin, I hope Brown will take a celebratory ride all the way to Washington...in that same great American truck!