While Democrats are playing the blame game in the aftermath of Martha Coakley’s dramatic loss on Tuesday, conservatives are finding every angle to gloat over their victory.
Michelle Malkin, in a post titled “The Massachusetts Meltdown” and illustrated with a dramatic picture of a mushroom cloud, joins the gloatfest: “There was more finger-pointing among Bay State and Beltway Democrats than a Three Stooges TV marathon. More back-stabbing than all of the Real Housewives combined.” But despite the gain, dire warnings remain a mainstay of the conservative media landscape, and she writes that even with the success, “the battle over Demcare has only just begun. The health care takeover-peddlers are looking for a back-up plan. If they can’t get their full 'public option' Trojan Horse through the gates, they’ll settle for Trojan Ponies.” Malkin makes a direct appeal to Tea Partiers to “stay vigilant and crank it up even louder to warn of the coming big government perils.”
One prominent theme on Fox & Friends and beyond: arguing that Scott Brown’s victory is a signal to the White House that Obama needs to govern from the center. (Media Matters argues that the Massachusetts election was not a referendum on Obama, but Politico and other sources point to the lack of good exit polling as reason why broad voter sentiments remain unknown.
The Brown victory is a direct message to Obama, writes Oklahoma Congressman Frank Lucas, posting on RedState.com: “the winds of change can blow both ways. The people of Massachusetts—a historically liberal state—spoke with one voice to reject his legislative agenda and to loudly say no to a government takeover of health care, no to a $600 billion national energy tax, and no to an economic policy of borrow, tax, and spend.”
No matter how you look or where you place the blame or credit, both liberals and conservatives will keep spinning until something else takes over the headlines. While conservatives like Malkin are trying to invigorate Tea Partiers for the next steps ahead, conservative Richard Viguerie writes that it is not only Democrats who should worry. "Brown's victory would not have happened without the leadership of Tea Party activists, talk-show hosts, bloggers, and others using the Internet. These new conservative leaders are forcing backbone and spine into the old and tired Republican Party leaders, who in early 2009 were afraid to publicly disagree with or challenge President Obama and his agenda.” The GOP should be worried, not gloating. "The next battleground for these new conservative leaders against the establishment big-government politicians will be in Republican and Democratic primaries. These new conservative leaders are gearing up to challenge the political establishment regardless of party."