Danedri Thompson

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Seriously, Missouri, would you do something about Sen. Claire McCaskill?

I would never presume to tell the good folks just east of here what to do (fire her), but one of your senators is quickly becoming a laughing stock of at least half of the nation.

Missourians did the right thing in passing Proposition C on Tuesday evening.

Voters overwhelmingly approved a ballot initiative that seeks to exempt Show-Me-Staters from purchasing mandates in the recently-passed federal healthcare law. By a margin of almost 4 to 1, Missouri voters rejected the mandate Aug. 3.

The ballot initiative was largely symbolic – but should’ve sent a message to and a shiver down the spines of federal lawmakers that ramrodded the bill through Congress earlier this year.

McCaskill told reporters on Wednesday – “Message received.”
“I certainly noticed the vote on Prop C, the healthcare law, and: message received,” she said.

Sadly, I think the senator may be suffering from earwax build-up, because immediately following her “message-received” statement, she explained why the nearly two-thirds of Missourians just didn’t understand the new law.

“I think there has been … a lot of noise about the mandate that people have gotten so focused on that they don’t realize that there’s going to be more access and affordability and more choices,” she said.

Actually, senator, I think they understand the law and they don’t like it. That was the message Missourians were trying to send on Tuesday. Their votes didn’t signify that they needed or wanted a lesson to understand it.

But McCaskill believes that’s exactly what’s missing.

“I know there’s a lot of work we need to do on not just the provisions of the law, but most importantly, making sure everyone knows what’s in the law,” she said. “And I can only be hopeful that as time goes on, more and more people realize the positive things that are in the bill.”

She dithered on noting that more Republicans voted in the primary election on Tuesday, and complaining that she wished Republicans would heed the message voters sent in 2007. No word yet on exactly what message that was.

While she said she got the message after Tuesday’s election, her words lead this columnist to believe she missed the mark. She’s up for re-election in 2012, and Missourians should send her a much clearer message two years from now. The message should say: “You’re fired.”