A2: Politics

Minuteman Media columnist and Ann Arbor resident Donald Kaul shares some thoughts about the Democrats losing Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat in Massachusetts to Republican Scott Brown, who defeated Martha Coakley: “The Democratic Party, starting with the political wizards in the White House on down, simply blew it. It wasn’t just Coakley who took a vacation in the middle of the campaign, the entire party did. Think of the stakes. Congress had arrived at the very cusp of passing health-care reform. Every vote, particularly in the Senate, was not merely important, but crucial. Why would you allow a candidate of limited experience to conduct his or her own campaign in those circumstances? Why would you let her go on vacation? The Democratic hierarchy … should have practiced politics. It didn’t. I’m not sure the party knows how to anymore.” [Source]