Well, we lost Ted Kennedy's seat in Massachusetts, to a teabag Republican no less. Martha Coakley took a vacation during the heart of a short campaign. Not a good thing to do, even when you did have a 15 point lead when you left.
Being an optimist, I prefer to see the silver lining. Here's my hope, that President Obama will see this as a wake-up call. President Obama and the Congressional Democrats can't play nice with the Republicans any more. No more letting the minority control this country and what kind of legislation America gets. Democrats' new mantra should be, What Would Tom Do, (Tom DeLay). Democrats need to start leading and kicking ass and taking names.
The base is frustrated with President Obama and his conciliatory tone. He needs to fight for the things he campaigned on and give the base something to get excited about.
While the pundits are saying that the Democrats overreached with their health care plan, the internal polling shows that's not the case. Voters in Massachusetts that voted for President Obama in 2008 are frustrated that the health care bill didn't go further.
Recent polling shows that President Obama's approval rating still remains high, 56%.