January 19th, 2010
09:57 PM ET
4 years ago

DSCC Chief: 'I have no interest in sugar coating what happened'

DSCC Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez said Tuesday night that he had 'no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts.'
DSCC Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez said Tuesday night that he had 'no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts.'

Washington (CNN) – How big of a message did Scott Brown send Tuesday by defeating a Democrat in Massachusetts for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat?

Bob Menendez, the New Jersey senator overseeing the campaign efforts of Senate Democrats, isn't even attempting to spin the big loss.

"I have no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts," Menendez said in a statement shortly after the race was called for Brown. "There is a lot of anxiety in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient. The truth is Democrats understand the economic anger voters feel, that's in large part why we did well in 2006 and 2008."

Menendez, the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, said Democrats "need to redouble our efforts on the economy, the need to show that our commitment to real change is as powerful as it was in 2008, and the reality that we cannot take a single thing for granted and cannot afford even a second of complacency."

"We must be aggressive in defining our opponents and framing the choice voters face," he said. "We cannot be timid about staking out our ground and we must be strong in reminding voters the cost of what the Republicans did on their watch and that they remain on the side of Wall Street, and the special interests.

Menendez, however, did warn against "taking a single unique election and extrapolating what it means for the midterms ten months away."

Texas Sen. John Cornyn, the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, disagreed. He claimed the results mean that "Democrats nationwide should be on notice: Americans are ready to hold the party in power accountable for their irresponsible spending and out-of-touch agenda, and they're ready for real change in Washington."


Filed under: Bob Menendez • DSCC • Massachusetts
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. WoW

    The people of Massachussets have spoken. This is not a loss for Martha Coakley. It is a loss for all Democrats and the current White House administration.

    Healthcare was passed by the senate in a midnight vote. That was sneaky. The president then made a deal with the Unions and said every non union worker must pay a tax on the healthcare plan however the workers that are members of the union that supported Obama, they don't have to pay that tax.

    That is sneaky, and UNETHICAL. Liberals, take this as a rude awakening. We don't want the government shoving bills down our throats.

    January 19, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  2. Tired of Politics...

    "We must be aggressive in defining our opponents..." Wait a minute, aren't we all on the same side? Shouldn't we be working to find better ways to improve the economy, make healthcare more affordable and available, create an environment more condusive to the creation of new jobs? Instead we have a pack of politicos, marking and patrolling their territory like a pack of ravenous wolves. They've created a bureaucracy that will drown us all.

    January 19, 2010 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  3. jax

    The independents elected Brown, not the Republicans. Republicans are less than 12% of registered voters in MA. The GOP better figure it out, or they will be surprised next.

    January 19, 2010 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Capt. Snarky

    Why do you keep referring to this senate seat as Ted Kennedy's? Did he own it, was it his personal property? NO! It belongs to the fine people of the Bay State!

    January 19, 2010 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
  5. Thomas5

    Well, Mr. Menendez, if you're serious, then there's one simple solution which has proven to work:

    Get government the hell out of our way.

    January 19, 2010 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Wanda

    I agree with the senator. The democrats are too nice. People in this country have a very short memory. Bush and company took 8 years to dig us in this hole. It is going to take more than a year to get out. Americans need to be reminded of how well the republicans managed our goverment for 8 years. When they took over there was a medicare surplus which they pissed away.

    January 19, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Obama ... worst President ever!

    So be-it! Your seat is next!

    January 19, 2010 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm |
  8. Ken

    yes, Menendez "has no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts," and then he added " this Bush's fault, this is not a referendum on the president, or health care, and if we really wanted to, we could have pushed Coakley to victory." "But i will not spin the results." What a joke.

    January 19, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  9. Big Joe

    It's about Obamacare, stupid. The country doesn't want it. Wake up and read the polls.

    January 19, 2010 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  10. JES

    Kerry will be next the people are tired of the crap that's coming out of Washington.

    January 19, 2010 10:54 pm at 10:54 pm |
  11. phil

    Bob, come out of the back room, open up the curtains and listen to what the PEOPLE are telling you loud and Clear! This is only the beginning of the end of the Democratic party if you stay course.

    January 19, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  12. tmart

    It is not going to take long for independents to realize that Menendez is speaking for moderation and that Cornyn is speaking for right-wing extremism. Continued condemnation of Democrats by the Republicans will only hurt the Republicans, as eventually the truth will finally be perceived that the Republicans are the party of "NO". I also suspect the people of Massachusetts will eventually regret choosing a Republican, and Brown will be the last Republican Senator the state will ever have.

    January 19, 2010 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  13. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  14. Life long Dem

    I have never voted Rep. I have always voted, and voted dem. every time (except for voting green once, against Bill Clinton, when I was 18) I took my 3 year old son to the polls to push the button to vote for Obama. I am going to vote Republican and support republican to create a turnover. I dont think the Reps will help, I think they will make the US worse but if that is what it takes to get some real dem leaders in, then lets start asap.

    New day is dawning, I've never voted republican

    Voting AGAINST the DEMS in 2010

    January 19, 2010 11:29 pm at 11:29 pm |
  15. Gayle

    I get tired of people from both parties talking about "real change". A real change would be to divest the federal government of 95% of its current power and give it back to the states, which is what our founding fathers intended when they drafted the constitution. Real change would be the federal government concerning itself strictly with national defense and international diplomacy, which are the only things that the federal government is uniquely qualified to do. Real change would be allowing commerce to go forth unencumbered by regulation and unaided by subsidy. I know many of you are afraid that if all regulations went away, that companies would resort to all sorts of immoral practices, but those unethical companies would be exposed by means of the information super highway that Gore invented, and soon be out of business, because only honest, and ethical companies would be able to survive subsidy free.

    January 19, 2010 11:41 pm at 11:41 pm |
  16. Denny, Va.

    Wake up Menendez. And tell your buddies in that stink hole House of Representatives that if they push this health care bill through as is just to get that fraud in the White House to sign it as is because it is now dead in the Senate they will pay in November as well. You might not think this was a referendum on Obama's destroying of America this past year, but I beg to differ. We, the American people are fed up with you crooks in Congress, wasting our money, cutting dirty deals, and buying off your morally bankrupt friends to get this bogus health bill passed. We will not forget in November. Pack your bags and get ready to crawl back under the rocks where you came from and where you belong. Mass. is only the beginning, and all the spin you idiots try and come up with won't change that fact one bit.

    January 19, 2010 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  17. Nevada dude

    Glad to see someone got the message. now if he could pass it on to the rest of the brain-dead leadership.
    I am a proud Democrat, but we need to get ourselves back in order.
    we want 3 main things:
    -Meaningful health care reform
    -Accountability for those responsible for the financial mess
    -JOBS

    and we dont want them in any order, we want them all at the same time. Get it done, Dems, and you wont have to worry about losing another election. however, if you fall asleep again, you better find another line of work.

    January 19, 2010 11:45 pm at 11:45 pm |
  18. Hasai

    You know, I think the Dems would get a lot more traction if they dumped the 'Republican boogeymen' schtick and started communicating to the country like adults. The Republicans pull the same thing, and neither party ever wonders why the segment of the population labeling itself Independent gets bigger every year.
    I suggest both parties, for just one election cycle, stop assuming the average voter has the all intelligence of a radish. They just might be pleasantly surprised by the reaction.

    January 19, 2010 11:46 pm at 11:46 pm |
  19. R.O.B.

    The message sent is that Health Care Reform is not the most important issue on Americans minds. Personally, I couldn't care less about Health Care Reform. How about lowering the price of gas which has been steady rising the last couple of months? Where are the green jobs that are supposed to be being created? How about repealing marijuana prohibition and tax it to stimulate the economy and keep people out of jail who would otherwise be innocent? These are the issues we the people care most about and is why we voted the way we did November '08.

    January 19, 2010 11:51 pm at 11:51 pm |
  20. TonyS

    My wish: That parties would be dissolved, government would allocate a budget and pay for candidacies to eliminate special interests, and representatives would educate their constituents on issues facing them and then poll their constituents and vote in accord with what the majority of their constituents want, not what lobbyists want. Is that so wrong?

    January 19, 2010 11:56 pm at 11:56 pm |
  21. Auggy

    I agree; the DEMS are soooo weak they simply allow the GOP run over them!!! How easily we, Americans, forget. Bush had less that 50 Senators, yet– the GOP made so much mess of this nation. Is Brown really that NEW!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  22. vwrtb

    We need more trickle down economics... We need more bonuses for ceo's to encourage better performance... We need to destroy unions so everyone can make next to nothing to increase profits... We need to dismantle welfare so my house can be broken into for food and so I can pay for someones rent in prison... We need another tax break for the rich because I know they don't have more money than they can spend... Please vote republican! I want to decide if my neighbor can have an abortion or get married! Please vote republican cause I'm afraid of a terrorist might light his underwear on fire in my living room!

    January 20, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  23. Mike

    The agenda adopted by the liberal demorats and nobama knew full well they did not have the majority of Americans support on this socialists agenda they have been on. The time is coming to get rid of them because they evidently do not understand, we do not want anything but balanced budgets,strong national defense and terrorists should not be tried in US courts.

    January 20, 2010 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  24. WeThePeopleofVirginia

    Neither one of these clowns got the message . . . it's all about representing We The People and not their special interest.

    January 20, 2010 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  25. Mary in NV

    Americans are very very suspicious of the opaque quality of the dem-majority rule and how they are handling (not) our questions about WHAT is in the bills. Their need to hide what they are doing is less than honorable and we need to bring some even-handedness back to "negotiations." Sometime soon, perhaps even the Dims will understand that we want them to take the time to make healthcare reform a carefully thought out proposal and let us ALL vote. Rushing things through just for looking good politically, is not doing their jobs...in which most of them (especially Reid) will get their pink slips.

    January 20, 2010 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
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