According to Obama’s aide David Axelrod, here is the deeper, almost metaphysical meaning of the Massachusetts Senate race:
“It’s an analogy I used the other day,” Axelrod said. “I always believed in the presidential race they just didn’t want to shut the race down because they liked Obama, they thought he had potential. But he was new. He was four years out of the State Senate and they weren’t prepared to hand him an early knockout. They wanted him to go through the entire battle, and they wanted to judge him based on how he performed on that long hard road.
“And actually, with Massachusetts, I think people wanted to see this debate go on for a while and they wanted to see our suppositions tested and retested. But what Massachusetts did at the end of the day was that it persuaded people on our side of the fight not to make the perfect the enemy of the good. And it really rallied our base behind the president’s proposal.”
If Mr. Axelrod believes this, he must suffer from an almost clinical case of delusion. (Calling Dr. Krauthammer. Calling Dr. Krauthammer. Please report to duty.)
The notion that the public rejected the Democratic candidate in a Senate race in Massachusetts for a Republican who ran against ObamaCare, simply in order to see how Obama performed on “that long hard road,” is rather silly and adolescent. (It is also condescending to voters, who aren’t terribly interested in being part of some kind of manufactured, Axelrod-directed drama.)
David Axelrod is forcing prosaic political events into some kind of romantic notion about Obama that is detached from reality. But I suppose such things might be expected from a group that has perpetrated a cult-of-personality around Obama and who referred to him during the campaign as a “Black Jesus.” Still, it’s weird.
It will be interesting, and in some respects amusing, to see how Axelrod interprets the results of the mid-term election, which might well inflict enormous damage on the Democratic Party. If it happens, it will undoubtedly be seen as yet one more great trial in the great life and times of liberalism’s political Messiah.