The resounding victory by Republican Scott Brown in the Massachusetts special election last night demonstrated a fact that President Obama might not be too happy with: the winds of change can blow both ways. The people of Massachusetts – an historically liberal state – spoke with one voice to reject his legislative agenda and to loudly say no to a government takeover of health care, no to a $600 billion national energy tax, and no to an economic policy of borrow, tax, and spend.
His campaign promises of ‘hope’ and ‘change’ inspired many Americans and brought him a considerable victory in 2008. However, the American people didn’t have any idea what kind of ‘change’ they were in for. Now, one year later, they see his idea of ‘change’ – and they realize it’s change they don’t want.
Since taking office, the president’s popularity has continued to decline, dropping him 20 percentage points to a 48% approval rating one year into his term according to Rasmussen. New polling numbers by NBC and the Wall Street Journal show that only 33% of Americans are in favor of his health care reform and 46% consider it a bad idea.
With now-Senator Brown’s victory, the Democrats have lost their supermajority in the Senate, derailing their agenda of ‘change.’ On the day after the political hurricane that hit the state of Massachusetts last night, the American people are all waiting to see what President Obama will do. I, for one, hope he remembers there is a fine line between doing something for the people and doing something to them.