January 19th, 2010
08:58 PM ET
5 years ago

Castellanos: Brown win could be a good day for Obama

Washington (CNN) – Republican strategist Alex Castellanos suggested Tuesday that if Martha Coakley loses Tuesday, it might actually help Democrats in the midterm elections.

"This may be a good day for Barack Obama in the sense that instead of waiting for November of this coming year to really lose his Democratic majority in the House, he may in effect lose it now," Castellanos said.

"Democrats may start moving away from him and he may have to govern in a more bipartisan way, moving away from the left more towards the center and some conservative ideals. It may center this administration."


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Tom

    This analysis makes no sense. Obama has already been pretty much right in the center. Anyone who thinks he has been generally liberal does not know what liberal means.

    January 19, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  2. fl

    What a stupid spin. Better TO LOSE NOW. You never want to give up an advantage any sooner than you have to. Who is this fool.

    January 19, 2010 09:05 pm at 9:05 pm |
  3. Craig Nazor

    This is Republican clap-trap. Obama IS a moderate, but the Republicans are still trying to paint Obama as very far left, and he is not. Conservatives have gotten so partisan that it doesn't matter what is right or wrong, they are going to disagree with any action Obama takes. The truth is, the Republicans are very far to the right, or worse – just listen to Pat Robertson and Rush Limbaugh!

    January 19, 2010 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. Tyler Henderson

    That doesn't make sense. All that is going to happen if Brown wins is a drawn out bid to get the healthcare reform passed when it should have only taken a few more weeks.

    It's really sickening that instead of getting to work on jobs we're going to have to fix another Republican problem.

    Democrats need to get a backbone and stand up to the Republican lies for a change.

    January 19, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  5. Nini

    The point is not if it is good for Obama or not.

    The point is that this guy was suppose to bring us closer to one another and not divide us further.
    He is the most partisan figure behind Pelosi and that is ONLY bad for this nations.

    January 19, 2010 09:09 pm at 9:09 pm |
  6. Mamanomia

    actually, that sounds good to me...I will be sorry if the Kennedy seat is lost this way..but, Coakley may not have been the best candidate..Probably Brown isn't either..but we'll have to wait and see.

    January 19, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  7. stevec

    He has lost trust. He has a long way to fall.

    January 19, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  8. Tony36

    Center his administration? Every he has done is just left of center.He is hardly the flaming liberal the conservatives make him out tobe.If he were a true liberal, he would not be allowing the TSA to racially profile in the wake of a failed terorist attack. If he were a true liberal he would be pushing for a single-payer healthcare system; instead he is pushing a bill that is basically a hand job to the healthcare industry, it is far from true reform. If Obama was a true liberal he would have pushed harder to close Guantanamo Bay and to end torture.Mr. Catellanos, Obama is a centrist politician already, even more center and he would be a darker version of John McCain during the 2000 ellection.

    January 19, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  9. ED FL

    As a life long Demo[80 yrs old] i do not care if brown beats coakly, these politicos need to be taught a lesson and hopefully the next election will finally get rid of the old hangers on in both parties. The rangels dodds bohners hatch , klye are just a few of the old timers that have run this country into the dump. We nneed lots of replacements that are honest and not special interest representatives. Hip Hip Hooray

    January 19, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  10. TexasJack

    Somethings has to give. This is the worst President and horrible joke the American people have ever put into the White House. He is an embarrassment. Can't bow to the Queen. Can't cross his heart when the National Anthem plays. Now wants a Muslim stamp on postal stamps to honor the Muslims. I SAY IMPEACH THE TRAITOR NOW.

    January 19, 2010 09:12 pm at 9:12 pm |
  11. Paden

    It will be a good thing. Live always works best when you have two conflicting sides reconciling issues. This will be no different. People should feel more comfortable with the legislature now that the party line vote no longer exists.

    January 19, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  12. John Adams

    Obama govern in a more bipartisan way.........ha ha ha ha ha. Not likely in this lifetime.

    January 19, 2010 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  13. AJ

    Well, that was an interesting take on things. The reason this election is being snatched by republicans is because once again Democrats didn't have the courage of their convictions and were so worried about appeasing Olympia Snowe and de facto Republican Ben Nelson that they turned the healthcare bill into another huge corporate give away. The Democratic base is angry and "independents" always lean republican if they haven't been given a reason to vote otherwise. The election of Obama was a huge waste of a good opportunity. The 60 seat majority is most likely lost, we will get trounced in the midterms and the right wing will be back in charge. What a disaster. Hope you can believe in? Yeah, right. This has got to be one of the biggest failures in modern politics.

    January 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  14. Dom from Western PA

    President Obama's vision to turn America into one giant government run tenement antfarm is crumbling in the MA special election. I never thought I'd say it but I am glad the Republican is going to win. Hopefully Obama acts as Clinton and lurches away from the tax and spend programs and becomes a moderate president and balances the budget.

    January 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  15. Nate

    I completely agree with this. However, rarely I think you have to sacrifice some things in the long term for the short term. This is one of those times.

    Obama doesn't really know the meaning of the word center and has put too much into this healthcare bill for it to fail now. If this doesn't send him a strong message, I don't know what will. I don't want Obama to fail, I just want him to govern from the center and not the left.

    January 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  16. Linda

    Govern in a bipartisan way? What are you talking about? It takes both sides for bipartisan and repugs have refused from day 1. Perhaps it is better if Obama just decides to govern and do the right thing rather than worry about the next election. It is time for him to take off the gloves and lead there is not one repug who will work with him and that is a fact.

    January 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  17. Future expat

    Why should I give any value to the opinions of this shill for the insurance industry?

    January 19, 2010 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  18. wow

    No, he's too arrogant....

    Palin 2012....:)

    January 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  19. Joe

    Good bye, Coaklie, good bye, Coaklie, good bye, Coaklie, we're glad to see you go.

    Let's see how the DemonRats spin this one.

    January 19, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  20. Ted

    I didn't think that anyone was that delusional.
    Castellanos is a hack.

    January 19, 2010 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  21. Fitz in Texas

    Oh please, a Scott Brown win is anything but helpful for Obama and the Democrats. Sheesh, I'm not even a Republican strategist Alex Castellanos and I even know that.

    January 19, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  22. Michael King

    Castellanos isn't a good spin-meister at all. A Brown win does nothing but send the message that president Obama is failing with many Americans–even in a historically Blue State. My suggestion to CNN, spend your money and get better prognosticators. Castellanos may be a Republican strategist be he knows NOTHING about conservatives.

    January 19, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  23. StevieB

    Is this guy on crack? Obama is the just about the only one in either party that has even tried to be bipartison. Time for some others to step up and be grownups, too.

    January 19, 2010 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  24. tuffloss

    Sounds like CNN is doing Obama's Damage control. I hate media that is so biased its putrid.

    January 19, 2010 09:22 pm at 9:22 pm |
  25. Gregg

    It makes no sence to bring back the same people that gutted this country for eight long years. Republican's have proven to be America's greatest enemy.

    January 19, 2010 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
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