Did the Democrats take a beating in Massachusetts? Yes they did. When you put together a weak candidate, a poor campaign, a state that already has health care, a complicated health-care bill from Congress and add some scandals in the Massachusetts State House, the result is what occurred.
We have in Barack Obama a president who is resilient. Upon taking office he was faced with the legacy of a terrible war deficit from George W. Bush, a banking failure and rising unemployment. Yet, he has accomplished much despite Republican opposition almost to the person.
Obama has provided a stimulus package that has brought 1,500 jobs to Savannah River Site and millions to the CSRA school systems. He has signed the Lilly Leadbetter Fair Pay Act, which prevents discrimination in terms of equal pay for women, and he has enhanced stem-cell research. He has made inroads in the issue of the environmental impact of climate change, and he has introduced financial reform.
Notwithstanding all of this, there is a stain spreading across this country -- a stain of unflinching opposition to the president because he is a Democrat with a vision, a vision to help the people.
Democrats have suffered a defeat in Massachusetts, but we will follow our president and help him accomplish his agenda for the people. We have been awakened, and we will turn the tables and squash the naysayers who threaten the quality of our democracy.
(The writer is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party.)