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Putting the best face on defeat

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the Obama campaign machine

Not too surprisingly, President Obama’s continuing campaign effort, Organizing for America (OFA), had a comment for their faithful after the defeat his efforts suffered when Republican Scott Brown took what should have been a safe Democrat seat left vacant upon the death of leftest heavyweight Edward “Ted” Kennedy.   In the weeks preceding the election, as opinion polls showed a steady decline in Coakley’s lead, repeated appeals – including one from Vice President Joe Biden – urged support for her campaign.

Over the signature of Mitch Stewart, OFA’s Director, and with the subject line simply “Massachusetts”, came the solemn post mortem:

Yesterday’s disappointing election results show deep discontent with the pace of change. I know the OFA community and the President share that frustration.

We also saw what we knew to be true all along: Any change worth making is hard and will be fought at every turn. While it doesn’t take away the sting of this loss, there is no road to real change without setbacks along the way.

We could have simply sought to do things that were easy, that wouldn’t stir up controversy. But changes that aren’t controversial rarely solve the problem.

Our country continues to face the same fundamental challenges it faced yesterday. Our health care system still needs reform. Wall Street still needs to be held accountable. We still need to create good jobs. And we still need to continue building a clean energy economy.

The President isn’t walking away from these challenges. In fact, his determination and resolve are only stronger. We must match that commitment with our own.

But it won’t be easy. Real change never is. For that reason, I am grateful you’re part of this fight with us

Compared to the sometimes shrill propaganda usually seen on this mailing list, the only way to describe it is as putting the best face on a devastating defeat.  Mitch is right on one thing, however; while the Brown victory brings us the 41st vote in the Senate and, as a result, at least a slowing of the socialist stampede we’ve seen during the first year of the Obama Administration, it’s just the first shot of the new revolution.  Like Concord, however, it is a shot heard ’round the world.

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Written by Jeffrey S. Smith

21 January 2010 at 10:00 am

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