Here’s another example of the insane narrative emerging from Scott Brown’s victory in Massachusetts on Tuesday — from a leading German publication, Der Spiegel:

US President Barack Obama suffered a painful defeat in Massachusetts on Tuesday. With mid-term elections looming, it means that Obama will have to fundamentally re-think his political course. German commentators say it is the end of hope.

US President Barack Obama has had a number of difficult weeks during his first year in the White House.

Please. Stop.

First, Obama didn’t lose, Martha Coakley did. She was a horrible, gaffe-prone candidate who fell into the trap of invincible inevitability. And she lost to a right-wing Republican masquerading as an independent and moderate, a former nude model with an attractive family. When he said in his victory speech that he drives a truck, he was pretty much identifying his sole qualification for getting elected. That and the fact that he recites Republican propaganda without sneering too much. Republicans have tried to turn the “special election” into a national referendum on Obama, and on the Democratic legislative agenda in Congress, but the outcome of the election had more to do with the candidates themselves and with a general anti-incumbent (that is, anti-party-in-power) mood at a time of relatively high unemployment and widespread economic insecurity and fear than with, say, health-care reform, which remains hugely popular in Massachusetts. The state actually has a well-regarded system already in place, “Romneycare,” named after former Republican Gov. (and presidential aspirant) Mitt Romney.) Republicans and their media mouthpieces refrain from mentioning this awkward fact when spinning Brown’s win to fit their anti-Obama narrative.

(Isn’t it amusing how Republicans are focusing on Massachusetts like it’s the true national bellweather? It isn’t, of course, and Republicans generally think of it as one of the most un-American states in the union. Their use and abuse of it now, as if the people of Massachusetts are all-wise, is dishonest and cynical.)

Second, Obama has actually had a fairly successful first year in office. I won’t get into details here, but see my post responding to Jacob Weisberg’s piece at Slate on “Obama’s Brilliant First Year.” Undeniably — and by the president’s own admission — there have been some mistakes. And there have been some missteps, as well as some policies with which I disagree (the Afghan surge, Bush-like national security secrecy, economic policies, including the Wall Street bailout, devised by Wall Street insiders for the benefit of their pals on Wall Street). I have been sharply critical of the president, as have many others, including many of his supporters, but there is a certain revisionism going on now, and it’s pretty much getting the past year wrong. Again, though, this is part of the Republican narrative: Obama has been a failure (except when he’s done too much, been too successful, undermined America with his socialist/fascist ideology, etc.).

Enough already.

(Cross-posted from The Reaction.)

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  • Axel Edgren

    It was the democrats who “bravely spurned the super-dangerous and hateful left-wing phalanx” that repeatedly spat on the public in order to massage the lobbyists and the unions.

    And now they expect the democrats to “moderate” themselves? Yeah, um, expecting people to react *inversely* to the learnings of history is a sign of insanity, not sagaciousness.

  • Almoderate

    Honestly, it makes no more sense than saying that NY-23 was a mandate on the left-wing agenda. Give me a break! The district went Democrat for one reason and one reason only– the party heavies screwed up would should have been an easy Republican victory. The same thing happened in Mass with Coakley. If the state goes red in 2012, that’s a whole other thing entirely, but I have yet to see one poll that asks people the following question:

    Should Obama Administration and the Democrats do more, less, or about the same?

    Is there a poll like that out there? Because I really do want to see that poll.

  • teapartyman

    The rest of these Democratic maggots will be going down in defeat soon. The people have woke up and will not tolerate no more lies and corruption. If the ReBLOODlicans do not smarten up they’ll be on the outside looking in also.

  • Leonidas

    The Progressive agenda pretty much got dropped kicked, at least till after the 2010 elections.

    Waterloo seems to have been in Massachusetts, who’d have thunk it?

  • DaMav

    US President Barack Obama has had a number of difficult weeks during his first year in the White House.

    Aside from an encounter with an iceberg, the Titanic’s maiden voyage was a great success.

    • dduck12