The Public-Option Rebellion
The figures turn the MA election upside down: MA was not a victory for the GOP, not at all. In fact, it was the exact opposite. It wasn't a win for Brown; it wasn't a loss for Coakley.
It was a chest-pounding triumph for liberals: the Public-Option Rebellion.
From RJ Eskow:
Here are the first results from after-vote polling in Massachusetts: By a 3 to 2 margin, Obama voters who voted for Brown thought that Obama's reform bill "doesn't go far enough." And those Obama voters who didn't bother [sic] voting felt that way by a 6 to 1 margin. 82% of Obama voters who went for Brown (and 86% of those who stayed home) support a public option. And 57% of Brown voters said that Obama is "not delivering enough" on change.
This rebellion of deliberate dissent, little though some people called Rahm wish to admit it, was meant to send a Certified Shock 'N Awe Wake-Up Call to timid centrist Dems in Washington. But it's ironic -- and sad -- that talented, passionate progressive Dem Martha Coakley (longtime public option advocate) wound up being sacrificed as collateral damage in the Public Option Rebellion.
File under "C'est la f*cking Guerre"?