Posted by: Debby Durkee | January 21, 2010

Barnes: Health care is dead.

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Barnes: Health care is dead.

Fred Barnes of The Weekly Standard points to several repercussions of the Brown win in Massachusetts. This is just further evidence of good news for Republicans and the country from Tuesday’s amazing race.

1) President Obama is weakened. For the third time in three months, he couldn’t deliver for a Democratic candidate… A president who can’t aid his party’s candidates loses influence with Congress and inside his party.

Obama’s agenda, chiefly health care, took a beating in Massachusetts. In fact, it was the chief cause of Coakley’s defeat…Obama and Democrats in Washington have created a hostile environment for Democratic candidates even in liberal and Democrat-dominated Massachusetts…(Obama) can’t help if he personally shows up to campaign on behalf of Democrats and his policies are ruining their chances of being elected.

2) Independents are lost to Democrats, at least for the time being…In Massachusetts, where they make up half the electorate, they overwhelmingly voted for Brown. This followed the 2-to-1 advantage they gave to Republicans in Virginia and New Jersey last year. Snip –

3) … Republicans are poised to win 25 or so House seats. But it will take a net of 40 to take control the House. For this, they need more open Democratic seats, which are easier to win than incumbent-held seats. Brown’s victory in Massachusetts is a good bet to scare many more Democrats into retirement. Snip –

He echoes some of what other’s are saying about the win in Massachusetts: If a Democrat can lose in the bluest of blue states, he can lose anywhere. Republicans should target those senators from blue states that have a large number of Independents. Democrats register as Independent when they’re in transition or are disillusioned with a party. Republicans can win when focused on limited government and freedom – basically the Tea Party message.

4) Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell is the new king of Capitol Hill. His skill in keeping 40 Republicans united against Democratic health care reform was masterful…A number of Republican senators are drawn to co-sponsoring or at least voting for Democratic bills. Not this time.

By keeping his minority together, McConnell put enormous pressure on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who had to keep every Democrat in line to gain the 60 votes need to halt a Republican filibuster. On health care, it meant he had to make unseemly deals with a host of senators… Reid got the votes, but the deals were political poison.

5) … ObamaCare, is dead with not the slightest prospect of resurrection…It’s one thing for ObamaCare to be rejected by the American public in poll after poll. But it becomes a matter of considerably greater political magnitude when ObamaCare causes the loss of a Senate race in the blue state of Massachusetts. Snip –

Pelosi met with House Democrats yesterday to tell them how the negotiations on a compromise health care bill between the House and Senate were going. As she spoke, one Democratic member whispered to another, “It’s like talking about your date on Friday, but the date’s in the emergency room.” ObamaCare went into the emergency room in Massachusetts and didn’t make it out alive.

So a number of things came together at just the right time for Republicans to pull out the win of a lifetime in lefty Massachusetts. Divine intervention? I certainly don’t know, but our country has been thrown a lifeline. It’s up to the rest of us to grab a hold of it and pull ourselves out of the rushing leftward stream. Please read all of Fred Barnes here:

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