It’s hard to argue that the progressive strategy to defeat Coakley and take away the 60th vote hasn’t been an unequivocal success that has given the Obama presidency a second chance.
Did you see Obama’s speech in Ohio yesterday? He’s back, like we haven’t seen him for months. It’s pretty clear to me that he remains the strong progressive he always was, he just had a terrible first year. It’s understandable – it’s the hardest job in the world and there’s no way to learn it in advance. In the heat of a historical crisis, he chose some very bad advisers like Rahm Emanuel and Larry Summers, and made the even worse mistake of listening to them. But at least we have 100% proof positive that he really took the right lesson from MA – he said the word "fight" 14 times, bipartisan, none. And of course he’s out with a new proposal to break up too big to fail Institutions. Perhaps most significantly, he is finally taking up the bully pulpit, which is really the main tool of a President: He says the CFPA is "non-negotiable", despite objections from Democratic Senators, which is the first time I can remember him taking a stand like that.
Good to have you back, O-Man. Hope you can make it a good fight this year.
Other clear signs the Coakley loss was a big win: Health care is now on track for a 50-vote strategy that’s backed by the White House, which would have been unthinkable a week ago when we all prayed to the mythical god of 60, before Republicans regained a 41-59 majority.
Also, Democrats are jumping ship off the Bernanke renomination, as they’re beginning to understand that voters are serious about throwing the bums out.
Cheers to all the "Naderites" who opposed Coakley!