The Democratic senate candidate in Massachusetts just conceded. A Republican will now be taking over the seat held by Ted Kennedy for almost half a century.

I’ll leave it to the MA political bloggers to work through the details of this big political fail on the part of the Democrats in their state.

But still have to ask the question: So what?

So what if we now have 59 votes in the Senate instead of 60. Important, nation-changing legislation has passed through Congress with far fewer votes.

There is no better example than Civil Rights legislation – an issue that Democrats failed to stop despite their record-breaking filibustering endurance.

Yes, there was a time when Democrats were evil racist fuckers.

Strom Thurmond, back when he was a Democrat, “supported racial segregation with the longest filibuster ever conducted by a single Senator, speaking for 24 hours and 18 minutes”. And in 1964 Robert Byrd gave a 14 hour and 13 minute address as part of a 75 hour filibuster over similar legislation.

In the end, the Civil Rights Act of 1964 passed. Just like health care reform will pass in the near future.

Not because one side tried harder than the other. But because it was the right thing to do.

Fifty years ago the Dixiecrats were on the wrong side of history just like the Republicans and some Dems are now.

And fifty years from now we’ll all look back, healthy and safe from potential financial disaster caused by health problems, and wonder what all the fuss was about.

  • MattCS

    Or more then likely as the trend seems to be with the population they will forget all about it and flick to the next channel on TV and rant, rave, and gnash teeth over how something else is wrong and horrible to be done for the people.

  • mvirenicus

    as a dem, you should hope that this version of HCR doesn't pass. it's a ticking time bomb that will be used by the gop for its own advantage. in short, it sux. back to the drawing board on that one. put in a public option that polls show the american people WANT. i'll openly defy the mandate of this bitch. let em do their worst.

  • It's not going to happen. Not because of Coakley's loss, or any other reason other than the fact that Democrats didn't have to guts to pass legislation of this magnitude even when they had a supermajority. They've spent nearly a year dithering over this, and neutering the bill. They should have let the Republicans filibuster last summer (and thereby hang themselves when the entire population was still paying attention to HCR). Now, everyone is tired of hearing about it. They wasted their chance, if they even really cared about HCR in the first place, it would be done by now.

    All of positive thinking I've been reading from Democrats about HCR for the LAST 9 MONTHS is just rationalization from people who don't want to admit that elected Democrats either don't have the gumption to fight for the legislation their constituents want, or don't know HOW to fight for it in the first place.

  • I don't think one vote will make their efforts any less effective either. That's a pretty low bar!

  • mvirenicus

    i hope you know that my bitching isn't directed at you PB folks, except maybe for tim (lol), because i'm fully aware of the sincerity of your efforts. i've just had it with the democratic party. i took a perverse pleasure in the dem MA loss. the dem leadership needs to get the message somehow, but i also know they'll interpret the message WRONG! that's just the dems. always have been like this, always will be. i'm so disgusted by the liberal petites that i'll be sitting out the primaries (issues-only) and voting third party next november. i'm preparing to write my elected reps (all dems) and let them know exactly why i'm so pissed at their asses. i'll also be writing Dennis!, whom i consider to be my house representative despite the fact i don't live in his district, to encourage him to stand strong against this abomination the dems call health care “reform.” currently there is no major party representing the ordinary american against wall street and the insurance industry. wake up, dems! either get a clue or grow a pair!

  • I don't think you'll find anyone at PB disagreeing with your “grow a pair” suggestion.

    Though I think the Dems in Congress should have done that 6 months ago.

    Instead they wasted time trying to pass a bi-partisan bill.

    The Republicans spent nearly a decade shoving shit down our throat. And instead of pushing right back once we got control of everything, we pussy out and compromise everything to get one Republican vote.

  • mvirenicus

    this has easily been the most frustrating 12 months of my political life and i've dealt with plenty of political frustration before. i knew this was coming when obama was putting together his cabinet, but i still hoped against hope. it's actually been worse than i expected because this guy rode into town with a blank check. that's all his handlers needed to do was throw a cardigan sweater on him, sit him in front of a fireplace, switch on the cameras and have him speak directly to the american people about his agenda and how it would benefit all of us. the gop and blueball democrats couldn't have withstood it. but no. we get corporate deal making and sterile press conferences that waste his eloquence. and yes, i do blame the current white house for 90% of my frustration right now. while speaking directly to the american people in an aspirational manner he could have used that s.o.b. rahm to twist the arm of ben nelson and the magical underwear of harry reid. but nope. it's still the same democratic party i've known since i started paying attention to politics in the early 1970s at the ripe old age of eight. no hope. sorry for yet another rant.

  • Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien. The current bill is flawed, but it's still an improvement. We should take this, and then work on new legislation to improve it. If the House sends this back to the Senate, we won't get any reform at all.

    (This was supposed to be a reply to mvirenicus, but it got put in the wrong spot. 🙁 )

  • 51 is a majority, use it or lose it!

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