Massachusetts, what the fuck? I hope the Pats lose now. Oh, they did.

We’re not talking North Carolina or Indiana here, but gay-marrying, universal-health-care Massachusetts. The state went 62% to 36% for Obama one year ago, and 52% to 47% for Brown today. So, 15% of the state is a bunch of idiots.

What’s changed in one damn year? I can only see two possibilities. One, the economy, which was handed to the Democrats spectacularly broken by the Republicans. No one could fix it in a year; you can argue that the stimulus wasn’t enough, but the Tea Party plan– doing zip-zilch– would simply have produced the Second Great Depression. This isn’t rhetoric; the relative dip in world production matched the Great Depression, but government action in the last year pulled us back.  But even if you thought more should’ve been done, why is that a reason to hand power back to the party that got us into the mess? 

Food for thought, Mass.: under eight years of Clinton the economy added 25 million jobs.  Under eight years of Bush it added one tenth of that, not even enough to take care of increasing population.  You’re worried about recovery, you’re looking at the wrong team.

The other possibility: health care.  This is even stupider; the GOP has not only the same program (do nothing) but can only attack the Democratic plan by outright lying.  It’s sad that this continues to work; what it doesn’t do is make sense.  Brown is yammering about the cost, as if Bush’s tax cuts and wars and TARP didn’t cost trillions, as if health care wasn’t a spiralling, deteriorating miasma now, as if the health care bill didn’t contain hundreds of pages devoted to reducing health care costs.  But it’s not a matter of reasonable objections; if it were, they’d have negotiated with Obama.  It’s about making enough noise to avoid letting Obama actually solve a problem. 

More interesting, to students of political theater, are the plans to pass health care anyway.  Of these the cleverest is the simplest: have the House pass the Senate bill– which could then go right to Obama.  This would be an enormous victory for health care and a defiant kick in the rear for the Republicans, and so probably some tards in the Democratic side will scuttle it.  Bipartisanship is nice, but it’s really not necessary for Democrats to share the Republican obsession with defeating Obama at all costs.

Update: A couple correspondents pointed out that Coakley was a really, really bad candidate; both mentioned the Fells Acre case.  Which at least broadens the blame– surely there was a better candidate available.