POSTED RESPONSE TO A COLUMN BY GIDEON RACHMAN IN THE FINANCIAL TIMES
I think you make too much of this.
Yes, the loss of a Senate seat will hurt Obama, but that loss had little to do with Obama despite some glib generalities in the press.
The candidate, Ms Coakley, proved a disaster.
In a six week campaign, Ms Coakley started by taking a week off around Christmas. Simply politically stupid.
She also did not use television to any extent. Again politically stupid.
And she made several blunders during that short time.
Obama would have had to be miracle worker to save her.
Sadly the voters had no third choice, because the empty shirt who won is no prize.
"I didn't mind when President Obama came here and criticized me - that happens in campaigns. But when he criticized my truck, that's where I draw the line."
"I'm Scott Brown, I'm from Wrentham, I drive a truck, and I am nobody's senator but yours. Thank you very much."
Pure Sarah Palin. Pathetic pseudo-humility.
Well, you do get pretty much the government you deserve.
Of course, the main trouble when America elects bad government is the rest of the world is made to suffer.