Looking back at the past twelve months can anyone doubt that it has been a good year for contrarians, those curmudgeons (mostly conservatives now) that occupied the redoubts of, well, doubt, and questioned the conventional wisdom of the 2006 and 2008 newly elected masses? (BTW, the masses today are not the great unwashed that historically attracted the scorn of elites such as the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time and The New York Review of Books.) The great unwashed today are the descendents of the original media elite (or, more accurately, pretenders of such): Pinch Sulzberger, Chris Matthews, Keith Olberman, Katie Couric, Andrew Sullivan et al , all of whom share the bubble embracing distinction of being both bandwagon cheerleaders and headless, brainless Bush hating fanatics that helped elect one of the emptiest suits in the history of presidential politics.
Rarely in the world of blogging does an opportunity to say “I told you so” present itself with such clarity and purpose than the plight of President Barack Obama on the eve of what might be the penultimate act of repudiation of his policies: the election of a Republican in Massachusetts to fill the seat of the deceased Edward Kennedy. It is a penultimate act only because the finale will occur later this year during the 2010 mid term elections when many of those Democratic pols living well within the edge of the bubble will experience that which ended the careers of John Corzine, Creigh Deeds, Byron Dorgan and Chris Dodd. Not his inauguration, but the twelve month political season that followed President Obama’s inauguration, is the political story of the decade. The rise and influence of the inchoate Tea Party movement (and the voter anger manifested by it) is the sea change that deserves national attention.
President Obama told Massachusetts voters yesterday that what was at stake was whether the country was going to move forward or backward. Voters, (and bettors according to Intrade) clearly understand which direction the President wants the country to go and it’s not forward. These are the same voters that helped Obama to a twenty six point Massachusetts victory in 2008. So who’s listening, the voters or the agenda driven partisans in control of Washington today?