Former President Clinton comes to Taunton, Massachusetts to offer a few temporary plugs to Barney Frank’s sinking Senate ship. It appears that the Democratic party sent in the big guns for their candidates who are in the most dire straits. Although they will not admit that this is the purpose of flying the former president all over New England on a Sunday a month before the elections the reasons are crystal clear to the voters.
Clinton had first stopped in Connecticut to bolster up Richard Blumenthal’s campaign and now it is on to offer Barney Frank help as well. Frank, whose name has become synonymous with the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mess, is far from being a favorite of the voters, according to the Boston Herald.
Clinton’s speech was similar to the one he made in Connecticut for Blumenthal, he is addressing the candidate secondary to his primary target, the good of the whole Democratic party. From where I am standing this is a good political move on his part, because people have had it with Frank, according to the Boston Herald, and will more than likely vote for the Democratic party’s sake over Frank’s.
It is almost like the party has given up on Frank’s ability to pull the Senate race through on his name, they are now going for the juggler and telling the voters how important it is to keep the Democrats in power. Frank has now become just a forgotten name with the pull to rally the Democrats to vote Democrat.
The “Good Old Boys” have been rearranged and losing strength since their late leader, Senator Ted Kennedy’s, influence on the Senate seems to be all but a memory. This is the neck of the woods that could have used his influence the most, but that is what Clinton has been sent to do, keep the regulars in the Democratic party safe in their places. This “Good Old Boys Club” losing power started to happen around the time Senator Scott Brown came to the forefront in his Senate race, according tot the Before it is News website.
As Boston.com reported back in 2008, Barney Franks’ constant reassurance that the “two entities” of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “were not facing any type of financial crisis” was proved very wrong. As the White House warned of “systematic risk for our financial system” unless the mortgage giants were reigned in, Frank took the stance that “the government was more worried about finances instead of housing.”
The financial system did fall in and Frank pointed the finger at the private sector for this happening, even after his adamant statements that this was not going to happen are constantly being recalled for him through the media, according to Boston.com.
“Barney Frank has lost touch with the voters” seems to be what even the people who voted him into the Senate are echoing today according to Boston.com. The strange part about this change in political thinking is that Frank has not changed in any way shape or form, it is the people, the voters, who are changing. This turn around has no place for the Barney Franks of the Senate.
The vote for the Senate seat of Barney Frank will most likely reflect the voters wanting Frank, the man out, rather than the Republican candidate in. This is how irritated the voters are with Frank politics.
The healthcare bill was most likely the last straw for even the most adamant of Frank supporters. His incredible name recognition means nothing anymore with the voters who have watched Barney Frank work in the opposite direction of the majority of the voters wishes. He supported the bill when the voters screamed not to. The only way to stop him is to remove him, and luckily for the Sean Bielat, this is what is probably going to take place.
In comes the new political blood of Sean Bielat, Frank’s Republican challenger. Bielat is a successful business man and former Marine and he is closing in fast on Frank, according to The Jazz Patriot Blog Spot.
It may be history repeating itself again after all it wasn’t too long ago that Republican Senator Brown came out of nowhere and against all odds, was put into the US Senate representing the staunch Democratic state of Massachusetts. It can happen!
What is happening with Frank’s campaign, is happening all across the country. People are tired of the business as usual politics and the change appears to be coming. It will not be definite until November, but the New England wind seems to be blowing from a different direction this time around.
Ten years ago, if all these same players were in place, there would be no doubt about who would be representing the Bay State in Washington. It would be a Democratic win across the board. The elections were generic, almost as if they were done in ceremony only. This is what the politics in Massachusetts have been like up until the turning of the tide starting with the loss of Senator Ted Kennedy, according to MSNBC
The people left over from the days when they felt safe as they stood under the influential umbrella of the late Senator Kennedy are finding that the umbrella offers no security or protection what so ever anymore.
The old days of politics are really fading out fast, again Scott Brown’s win was the biggest reminder of this to date. Speaking of dates, Barney Frank has a little more than a month to go to find out if Clinton’s presence did any good. Frank denies Clinton’s Taunton stop indicates weakness in his position, according to the Boston Herald.
References: The Boston Herald, Before it was News, Boston.com , The Jazz Patriot Blog SpotMSNBC