Well, that brave new future Obama and his Democrats promised for America didn’t last long. The age of a new kind of politics, you know that post-partisan kind, has been brought to an end before the first anniversary of the Chicago Democrat’s taking the oath of office as President of the United States. Well, that is, unless you count taking the politics of his home town to the national level as a new kind of politics.
In their attempts to hold the Senate seat once held by Ted Kennedy, a seat that has been in Democratic hands since the twilight hours of the Truman Administration in a state which hasn’t elected a Republican Senator since the Nixon Administration, which hasn’t picked a Republican for President since the Reagan Administration and which last sent a Republican to Congress in the Clinton Administration, Democrats and their special interest allies have bought up hours of TV to attack the Republican nominee. And they’re going all negative, all the time.
In a state where John McCain barely got a third of the vote, where George W. Bush was held under 40%, where every Democrat this century won over 60% of the popular vote, the Democratic candidate isn’t running on her record or her party’s policies, she’s attacking the Republican.
Guess they realize that even in Massachusetts (the state without a single Republican in its congressional delegation), it’s not a good strategy to run on the party’s ideas.
Democrats could hold this seat in next Tuesday’s election, but they can only win ugly. No matter what happens on January 19 in Massacusetts, the GOP will have scored a moral victory. And the Democrats revealed for playing the kind of attack politics their most recent standard bearer once so famously eschewed.