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Massachusetts Liberal

Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Building a new wave?

The voters have spoken -- again -- and it appears they are tired of Republican overreach.

It's not just that Ohio voters rejected an anti-collective bargaining law or that Mississippi voters turned back a "personhood"amendment that was antithetical to the conservative concept of ejecting government influence.

What was significant was the margins -- more than 60 percent no in Ohio and 58 percent no in Mississippi. Loud, strong voices against excess in both states.

Pundits will be quick to say the votes should not be seen as support for Democrats or progressive values, surprisingly wise analysis from talking heads who are often quick to flatly declare the next big thing.

But it is hard to ignore the votes are a resounding repudiation of those Republicans who took last year's midterm elections as an excuse to move ahead with ideological dogma that was far more controversial than the health care reforms that had been debated nationally for decades.

And it will be interesting to see if congressional Republicans will be chastened to back off their Defeat Obama agenda in the face of polls showing Americans want action against income inequality.

Some GOP lawmakers appear ready to toss off their allegiance to Grover Norquist and think about the people over their party. But it is an infinitesimal move and one not supported by leadership, so far.

Best analysis of yesterday's vote? Something's happening here. What it is ain't exactly clear...

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

And the very strong Ohio vote against the health care mandate?

November 09, 2011 9:07 AM  

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