In the snows of Massachusetts, usually good terrain for Democrats, Mr Obama’s candidate for the Senate suffered a resounding defeat.
The losing candidate and the winning Republican Senator agreed about the cause. The expensive and contentious Obama health plans were the Democrats undoing. This was allied to Obama’s “two wars”, in the words of the Democratic candidate.
The defeat and the Republican revival were entirely predictable. Too many professional politicians think it makes them popular to spend more of other people’s money, and put their electors more and more into collective debt. Yesterday voters showed the tide is turning.
If Obama were astute he would change course before damaging mid term elections. I fear he will grind on with more of the same. His failure even to close Guantanamo as promised will become a symbol of his more general failures. Bill Clinton dumped Hilary’s expensive health care plan when he ran into political trouble with it. I suspect Mr Obama with Hilary as his assistant will think differently. Expect nasty politics as they try to deliver the plan.