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Re: Obama Blames Bush

I finally gathered the courage to turn on my e-mail link today (I’m new around these parts as I’m sure our dedicated readers know) and I have been absolutely delighted by reader e-mails. A real pleasure to read!

One Illinois reader makes an interesting point about Obama’s ABC News interview and the the “seat Brown” fever sweeping Washington Dems:

Last night and this morning, several leftist Dems (including Frank) tripped over themselves, seemingly trying to be the first to publically say that Brown should be seated asap, blah, blah. Now Obama has made the same public pronouncement. To me, it sounds like nothing more than a talking point intended to salvage some sense of being fair in the minds of voters in hopes that they don’t continue this trend throughout 2010. And it sounds desperate, and it sounds insincere. And that “sound” is validated and amplified by Obama’s inability to avoid the temptation to end his comments by once again blaming Bush. And if enough Blue Dogs and Independents sense the same thing, 2010 will be a very good year. 

But I have also read a lot of e-mails essentially agreeing with the parallel Obama draws between Brown’s victory and his own. One reader writes:

Actually, I have to agree with the president on this issue. I see Scott Browns win not so much as a repudiation of Health Care but as a continued theme that swept Obama and his cohort into office. People are tired of Washington’s ear being turned towards Washington rather than the people. This started with Bush and his abandoning of fiscal restraint under the guise of “compassionate conservatism”. Obama wisely seized on the sentiment and rode the wave of change all the way to the White House. Unfortunately, Obama has done nothing to turn the ear of Washington towards the people. Rather he has turned it farther towards Washington [which I didn’t think was possible].

This is why Scott Brown won, this is why the Tea Party is the most popular party in the country right now. We the people are tired of politicians representing their own interests rather than the interests of their constituents. And if Republicans think the Brown, NJ, and VA wins were all about Obama and the Democrats they are in for a rude Coakleyesque awakening in November.

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