Today I’d like to spend some time taking a look back to the 1994 Massachusetts Senate election, where Ted Kennedy beat the mittens out of Willard Romneycare.
I was in high school during this campaign, but I remember how ugly a year it was for Democrats — and also remember how hard President Clinton campaigned for Democrats coast to coast…even having to spend an unusually large amount of time in Massachusetts to help the Kennedy Dynasty cling to its seat in the Senate.
1994 was the Republicans’ best chance of defeating Ted Kennedy: the stars aligned and the Fates conspired to produce the perfect storm that could have snatched “the Kennedy seat” away from the aristocratic spiders of Hyannis Port…but Willard Mittens Romneycare lost — and lost BIG — to Kennedy.
Why was that?
Let’s spend this Sunday digging into the 1994 election between Kennedy and Romneycare, because I have a feeling the Left has already done just that…and they’re prepped to use many of the same attacks from back then on Romneycare should the “Tolerant Left”, the agenda-driven media, and the Cocktail Party GOP establishment succeed in making Romneycare the Republican nominee for president in 2012.
I remember how terrified the Kennedy Family was of losing “their seat” in 1994…until Romneycare was the GOP nominee, and then everyone started to breathe much easier. The Kennedys spent an absolute fortune on the race, but they would have lost that seat if the GOP had run someone other than Romneycare that year (despite it being “his turn”, evidently, to have the Senate nomination in Massachusetts).
In a year when Democrats were being trounced coast to coast, Romneycare lost when pitted against the “Tolerant Left’s” standard bearer…in much the same way that Romneycare would be matched up against the new Leftist embodiment of Barack Obama in 2012 (should the Cocktail Party Establishment have its way).
So far, I’ve discovered some of what the Left ran against Romneycare that really sunk him with voters:
1. As CEO of Bain Capital, Romneycare was responsible for the loss of thousands of jobs — particularly in Indiana — because Bain Capital was an entity that bought companies for the purpose of shutting them down…and this alienated Romneycare from voters who were struggling economically (just like the way people are struggling now, and will be in 2012).
2. The Kennedy Family — despite its near unlimited wealth — was able to successfully depict Romneycare as an out of touch, extremely wealthy man who was a classic caricature of suit and tie Big Business. Despite the lavish spending and general decadence the Obamas have demonstrated while in Washington, expect Democrats to use the same caricature to alienate Americans from Romneycare again in 2012.
3. Ted Kennedy harped on being “a public servant” and claiming the Kennedy Family had dedicated itself not to making money, but for working for the people…and contrasted that with Romneycare being the CEO of Bain Capital (which is one of the most unfortunately evil sounding corporations I’ve ever heard of existing in the real world, and not, say, in a 1980s cartoon of some kind (where it could have, for instance, been the front company of COBRA on GI Joe or the like)). I bet it will be easy to do something like this to Romneycare in a matchup against Barack Obama, since Obama’s never had a real job and will claim to be a humble “community organizer” again, while Romneycare’s continuing to run away from his record as Massachusetts Governor (this week, at least) and will have a hard time claiming his Bain Capital stint as a positive once the Occupy Wall Street thugs heat up their rhetoric again in 2012 (as it’s pretty clear what they did this fall was just a warm-up to what’s coming in the actual election).
If you’re a Republican voter who keeps buying the Cocktail Party GOP establishment’s line that “Romneycare’s the most electable!” then I’d love to hear from you in comments below…with an explanation of why Romneycare wasn’t electable at all back in 1994, when the Tolerant Left put forward its Leftist champion and the Cocktail Partiers awarded Romneycare the nomination…only to lose an election that was indeed winnable…if only they hadn’t made Romneycare the nominee.
What are your memories or researched insights into the 1994 Kennedy vs. Romneycare Senate race?
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