Morning muse on Brown's win -UPDATED

Morning is being taken up with bringing the dog to the vet, so I haven’t had a chance to do more than watch the video below, but it occurred to me that if President Obama has any sense of humor at all he’ll come out today and echo Bush in ’06, acknowledging Brown’s stunning upset in Massachusetts by saying “it was a thumpin’.”

It takes a big man to make a joke at his own expense, though, an even bigger man to say “the people have spoken” and adjust to it. How big is Obama? We still don’t know.

I couldn’t believe someone put this together so quickly!

H/T Insty

UPDATE: A few links:

Bookworm calls Brown’s win Inordinately Important

Okie: has a good round up

Victor Davis Hanson: The Political Richter Scale

Ed Morrissey sounds the cautionary note. But then he lands a beautiful smackdown on Keith Olbermann and Howard Fineman who decided last night that Blue Massachusetts is a secret hotbed of racism.

Shrinkwrapped: The King is a Fink and The Peasants are Revolting

Don Surber: reads reactions from the left and suggest that this shatters Obama. It’s your basic meltdown

Mort Zuckerman: Obama’s done everything wrong

NY Times: Voters send different message

Obama: Doesn’t blame Bush enough

Harnden: Lose/lose for Dems on Healthcare

Meanwhile: The tone-deaf “smart diplomacy” goes on, although there is a little hiccup.

More talk of Pigs Flying

Joseph Bottum: Has four thoughts on last night.

Maggie’s Farm: Suggestions on healthcare reform conservatives can get behind

Gateway Pundit: Where is the love?

Denial: it flows on

Paragraph Farmer: Brown, Coakley and Andy (McCarthy and Sullivan), a good analysis.

A most revealing chart that you can save for the next time you hear that MSNBC and CNN are (per the WH) “real” news outfits, and Fox is not fair. Very interesting. And sad, too.

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  • Mutnodjmet

    Anchoress: Hope the puppy is OK. In terms of the Brown election, it is as I always say:

    Live by the Alinksy Rules, Die by the Alinsky Rules

  • DaveW

    Just got back from Mass. Congrats to Mr. Brown on his win. Hopefully Obama and the Dems will learn something from this (hint: compromise and get bipartisan support) but I won’t hold my breath.


    Had one of those rare days at Mass today. The reading is David and Goliath, a story I just love. Paraphrasing, ‘I’m not going to kill you, God Himself is about to strike you down!’. Oh how I love that story.

    Anyway, I’m sitting there before Mass after a brief prayer and it hit me as it occasionally does. It was as if someone threw the light switch, or my radio suddenly caught the signal. The veil was lifted, the picture cleared.

    Suddenly, I knew I was in the presence of the living God. And I felt it in the marrow of my bones. You know how this is, right? You always know God is there, but sometimes it just hits you like you’ve been run over by a truck? Where all you can do is sit and tremble with tears in your eyes?

    Yeah, it was one of those. It was as if God Himself had his hand on my shoulder. That feeling of utter unworthiness, privilege to even be in the building. What an incredibly loving, forgiving God we have that I would be allowed in His presence.

    I know it is about me being receptive and all, but man when it happens it hits me hard. I still have goosebumps.

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  • Marie

    That video is great!

  • SKAY

    George Soros?

  • Mike

    With apologies to Emerson:

    By the rude booths that braced the cold,
    Their flag to January’s storm unfurled;
    Here once the embattled voters stood;
    And voted the vote heard round the world.

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  • Bender

    if President Obama has any sense of humor at all he’ll come out today and echo Bush in ‘06

    Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha!

    Just heard clip of Obama interview with George Stephonolopous. Guess what Obama’s analysis is??

    IT’S BUSH’S FAULT!!! It’s Bush’s fault that Coakley lost. The people are angry, not merely at the last year or so, Obama said, they are angry at what happened “the last eight years,” and that is why Brown won!

    Delusional. Completely, totally, delusional.

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  • MJ

    I agree with Bender. Obama and his Chicago cronies are completely, totally delusional!

    And, some of the Democrats I have heard commenting today are in LaLa Land. They just don’t seem to understand why we, the people, are angry. They really think we want this Health Care bill as it is written!

  • Jake P

    Those Downfall spoofs never get old, but I reckon that’s the funniest (and most accurate) one yet. Thanks, Anchoress!

  • dry valleys

    Larison again

    Larison does not mention, surprisingly, what I would have thought would come naturally to him. The idea that the likes of MA & VT may well want their own local provision, & instead of having a national system it should be done at the local level.

    I am more in favour of national coverage but surely the above would come naturally to those of conservative tendencies. You can forgive my scepticism as to whether red states are up to much, but if they proudly went without healthcare provision then they could presumably boast about how free they are.

    I am a bit surprised, actually, that I haven’t seen any mentions of this.

  • Chuck Pelto

    TO: All
    RE: THIS….

    ….was hilarious. So much so that I sent the link to all my friends, to the local Republican Party Executive Committee AND to my Congressional Delegates’—all of whom are Democrats—offices.


    [Wit makes its own welcome, and levels all distinctions. No dignity, no learning, no force of character, can make any stand against good wit. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson]

  • Gina

    Well, if we didn’t know it yesterday, we know after Obama’s “Wall Street is evil” speech today that he is not about to own up to a thumpin’. Neither is he going to finally get around to actually governing the country. Instead, he’s going to speechify on behalf of the fringe left and continue to malign the rest of us with all the empty sound and fury his teleprompter can muster. I’m disappointed to see that, judging by some Facebook posts, it’s working for a few of his fans. I would thought they could all see by now that what they elected was a hack who couldn’t govern his way out of a paper bag.

  • Chuck Pelto

    TO: Gina
    RE: Maybe….Then Again…..

    Instead, he’s going to speechify on behalf of the fringe left and continue to malign the rest of us with all the empty sound and fury his teleprompter can muster. — Gina

    ….maybe not.

    And I don’t think you care to hear about the ‘worst case’ scenario. Then again, why does the ICE need 200 MILLION rounds of man-stopper, i.e., .40 cal, ammunition? And what is their job description? Something about rounding people up and taking them to someplace they don’t want to go?

    And what about his poli-sci mentor, Bill Ayers, who conjectured that they’d have to ‘re-educate’ 25 MILLION Americans in order to get to their socialist America?


    [Connecting the 'dots' is easy and fun, BUT you have to have courage to recognize the 'picture'.]

  • Tom

    From a Mass voter who cast his ballot for Brown… Let’s not forget that he is the lesser of two evils. Even though he does support conscience clauses, and opposes partial birth abortion as well as federal funding of abortion, he has stated that he supports Roe v. Wade.