It looks like Coakley’s loss may put an end to the “healthcare reform” that was about to be imposed on the American public. If so, that's good news.
Obama’s press secretary, Robert Gibbs, keeps insisting on TV that the Democratic healthcare plan must be good, because the health insurance lobby is fighting it.
This is just plain nonsense. Gibbs’ interviewers need only ask: "So why did the healthcos fund a last minute attempt to rescue Coakley's campaign?” The Wall Street Journal reported this; see more detail here: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/blogs/beltway-confidential/Coakley-in-trouble-Pharma-and-HMO-lobbyists-to-the-rescue-81067542.html
If Obama succeeds in enacting what he insists on calling “healthcare reform”, I fear it will soon become the most despised piece of legislation passed into law since the Fugitive Slave Act.
Passing "healthcare reform" - along with turning the economy over to Wall Street and turning Afghanistan over to the generals - can only help elect General Petraeus to the presidency. By 2012, the wheels will have come off all of Obama’s three major initiatives: healthcare, the economy, and Afghanistan. It will be easy for Petraeus to win the primary against Palin and coast to victory over Obama, running as the hero ex-general “betrayed” by Obama's resistance to sending yet more troops to Afghanistan.
But not if Obama responds to the Massachusetts loss as a real wake-up call, and abandons phony “healthcare reform” that is actually of, by, and for the healthcos, replacing it with the reform wanted by most voters – single-payer Medicare For All, HR 676. He must also get cracking on the economy, starting with firing everybody in the administration who has any connection to Goldman Sachs. And he's got to get our army out of Afghanistan, fast.
He'll still face Petraeus in the 2012 election, but he'll win, as the President who faced down the insurers to crack the healthcare nut, who stood up to Walll Street, and who got us out of Afghanistan - all things the electorate wants.
Obama should paste on his shaving mirror the lesson of the Massachusetts election:
IT'S THE VOTERS, STUPID, NOT THE DONORS!