Oh, that's really smart. "Progressive" access bloggers make fun of Scott Brown's truck
Stop by. I can guarantee you that we won't be droning on about how the President must pass the Republican agenda and invade somewhere immediately because some hairy centerfold with a truck just won a special election in Massachusetts.
And if any "progressive" pundits want to ask themselves how the Dems managed to lose a seat to a male Cosmo centerfold, they might start out by asking themselves what kind of class marker a truck is,* and what kind of message the Dems sent to those voters by planning to tax "Cadillac plans" instead of the rich:
For a year and a half, we campaigned against the tax on our health care benefits. We trudged through neighboring New Hampshire with fliers explaining that Sen. John McCain wanted to fund health care expansion by a benefits tax.
[no-glossary]Conservative[/no-glossary] members of my local Executive Board were adamant in saying the outcome of our health care campaign would be a tax on working people to extend coverage to poor people. Recognizing a classic Republican “wedge issue,” we argued that those without insurance include our own children. We could win a plan to tax the wealthiest and cut into the blood money of the health care profiteers.
Ultimately, we were wrong. In the last week of the Coakley campaign, the papers were full of the story: “Obama Supports “Cadillac Tax.” Sen. John Kerry cited an MIT economist who said the tax would increase wages for grateful working stiffs. I can usually figure out which chalkboard equation the classical economists are fondling: Absent merely life itself, they present a circular logic that proves itself. But the MIT argument escaped me.
We fought back hard. Coakley opposed the tax, but everyone figured she’d vote for it. The exemptions and improvements negotiated by AFL-CIO President Trumka and others were heroic—and they helped. We heard the outcome of the negotiations Thursday night. My local had a flier in the shop Friday afternoon, the last workday before the Tuesday election because of the King Holiday. Hardcore union activists gritted their teeth and hit the phones for 1,500 labor council calls.
Too late. Coakley won Lynn and Boston, but lost the union vote by 3 percent.
As usual, "progressives" want to look everywhere but themselves -- and Obama -- when pointing the finger of blame. So much easier, simpler, and above all more fun to blame the voters.
Brown drives truck! [snicker] Can you imagine?
NOTE * Gosh, could that be why Brown made sure there were photo-ops of him driving one?
NOTE Via TalkLeft.