January 20th, 2010
07:31 AM ET
8 years ago

Analysis: Brown's win changes political narrative for 2010

A surprise Republican victory in Massachusetts have left Democrats concerned.

A surprise Republican victory in Massachusetts have left Democrats concerned.

Washington (CNN) - Look no further than the two warning flares shot up from Virginia and New Hampshire Tuesday evening to understand how concerned Democrats are about the political consequences of losing the late Sen. Edward Kennedy's seat to Republican Scott Brown.

Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, called on his Democratic colleagues to suspend votes on their controversial health care legislation, warning it would be wrong to try to muscle a bill through Congress before Brown was sworn into office.

"In many ways, the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process," Webb said in a statement.

Some 500 miles to the north, New Hampshire Democratic Party Chairman Ray Buckley sent out an urgent plea for donations to help fund a special election next month for a state senate seat he fears losing.

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Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate
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  1. Ancient Texan

    The Dems are faulting the race run by Coakley, but the simple fact is, if the spotlight is on this ridiculas healthcare bill, President Obama himself would have lost to Scott Brown in a head to head.

    January 20, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
  2. Steve, New York City

    Yes, Democrats – listen to Senator Webb (he has the right idea) . . . . maybe this could also be a wake-up call to Washington – America wants bi-partisan action (no more "bullying" leftists like Pelosi and Barney Frank who want to redistribute wealth, while continuting to send the US dollar to its grave")
    – on the other hand, it has been harder to be bi-partisan in Washington these days, because REPUBLICANS themselves have also become more extreme . . .the Chris Shays, the Chafees, the Governor Weld's of the world have been replaced by "Rush Limbaugh clones" – hopefully the guy in Massachussets turns out to be more like the 2 senators from Maine.

    January 20, 2010 08:54 am at 8:54 am |
  3. GI Joe

    I'm an independent and I'm not mad at the democrats. I'm mad as hell at all the republicans that did nothing for a year except yell NO.

    THEY are the ones that need to go and I intend to vote against every republican I can.

    January 20, 2010 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. Blutarsk

    Massachusetts is a state in which only 11% of its inhabitants are Republicans. In this bastion of liberalism, Scott Brown won 51% of the vote. There is a message being sent by independants and moderates, we do not like the policies and agenda of this administration in Washington, and we are not going to vote in support of this administration. The fact that Obama was "shocked and frustrated" (attributed to press secretary Gibbs), shows how out of touch with the people, he and his ilk have become. I am a moderate Democrat, and I do not approve of the direction that the extreme left wing Democrats have taken the party. I will not vote for or with them. If Obama is shocked and frustrated now, wait until November, and 2012.

    January 20, 2010 08:58 am at 8:58 am |
  5. ck


    SOCIALIST AGENDA! THAT is what the MA election was really about.

    Dont agree? Just wait until November!

    January 20, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. MarkE

    I live in Massachusetts, I am an Independent and I plan to spend considerable time in New Hampshire working to stop NH from electing a Democrat to their State Senate. The Democratic Party has lost it's way and we need to change it. They are in some sort of denial believing that we're all stupid and we just don't get it.. We are not stupid. We get it, we're getting it every day and we're sick of it.

    January 20, 2010 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  7. southerncousin

    After the election was called by AP last night, I turned on MSNBC to watch Keith Olberman and his reaction, figuring I would be able to see if the leftists got the message. They didn't. He was still degrading and and demeaning to the TEA Party supporters and demonizing Republicans and anyone who disagrees with the liberal agenda that is being so soundly rejected. I was worried the libs that stole the Democratic party might get smarter last night and save themselves in the 2010 elections, but I can tell they didn't. And then I heard the White House spin this morning and found Obama is still dumb as a rock.

    January 20, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    People will get what they want, GWB era will return.

    January 20, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  9. Terik Ororke

    If the Democratic party wants to be really stupid, they can claim that the loss was not their fault but because of how a campaign was run. All this proves is that they still don't get it. We are taking "care" of Iraq and the Afgans, saying we are making ourselves "safer" and in the meanwhile, the American infrastructure is crumbling, people are out of work, the Banks and fincancial institutions are getting richer thanks to Congress, and the american people have been given the shaft by members of Congress who hae benefits that they are not willing to share with anyone else, because they are special.

    January 20, 2010 09:02 am at 9:02 am |
  10. LacrosseMom

    Awsome!!! Thank you Scott Brown. Please save this nation now.

    January 20, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  11. Shmeckell

    The people of Mass. need to hold him to his promise to do it better and not just scrap it. One simple bill would start the ball rolling, and I am not sure how it is possible that it has been ignored this long. GET RID OF THE ANTITRUST EXEMPTIONS.

    January 20, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  12. ck

    A Republican winning this seat in MA.... The most fitting epithet for Ted Kennedy. I LOVE IT!!

    January 20, 2010 09:03 am at 9:03 am |
  13. political junkie

    The voters of Massachusetts have a very short memory of what
    a Republican can do TO this country (notice I said TO and not FOR)
    Granted that Coakley ran a horrible campaign...but you can't be fickle
    and swing this way and that whenever you don't agree with something.
    But if Massachusetts is responsible for NOT getting affordable healthcare to EVERYONE – (not just Massachusetts!)shame on you! (Ted Kennedy is rolling over in his grave!)

    January 20, 2010 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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