January 20th, 2010
07:31 AM ET
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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. Buyers Remorse

    God Bless the Great State of Massachusetts!

    January 20, 2010 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  2. Kevin in Ohio

    The democrats are already in their back rooms planning how to proceed with the Health Care disaster. They just don't get it. Continue at your own peril.

    Start over, and accept some excellent ideas from the opposition: Portability across statelines to promote competition, Tort Reform to attack the monstrous impact of frivolus lawsuits on the costs of care. Medical Savings Accounts to promote personal responsibility. A workable plan to install a ban on pre-existing condition exclusions so that it will not impact our insurance premiums.

    Fopr those left-wing fanatics that say the conservatives have no ideas, they are flat out lying.... they simply aren't listening.

    January 20, 2010 08:25 am at 8:25 am |
  3. Dan Holiday

    What a GREAT day for America. Grats to Senator elect Brown for an awesome victory. And to the liberal out there...na na na na naa! lol.

    January 20, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  4. Bedtime for Obonzo

    Smart man, Jim Webb.

    Now I get to repeat something I heard and read so often from Dems last year - WE WON.

    January 20, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  5. spoken

    If pelosi and reid cannot see that this is a referendum on the stupid bills they are continuing to push, then they are more worse off than i thought. Msnbc's coverage of this election was pitiful last night. The far left reporting is blatantly disgusting.Obey and maddog were trying to sell the public on the fact that this election was anything but a reflection of how the American people are starting to feel about obama, pelosi and reid. Biased and Most unprofessional. Seems all they are is this administrational cheerleaders.

    January 20, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  6. TexasJack

    All Democrats must definitely go. All incumbents must go. It is time the people of America too America back. Put God back into our everyday affairs. If this offends the ACLU pack these scumballs up and ship them to Iran. This country was formed for religious freedom now we are letting it go with all these worthless Federal Judges who are undoubtedly Atheists.

    January 20, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  7. ICARE - countdown to 2011

    Integrity of our government process? Whatever!!!! ALL the elephants are going to do is ask us to pass legislation to benefit corporate welfare.

    DONKEYS need to focus on what is right and just Do it!!! Without waiting for the elephants.... If you wait for the elephants, then this is waht you get, stalled initiatives.....

    ELEPHANTS ARE NOT WORTHY OF BEING FOLLOWED...if you keep following them, Obama's presidency will just continue to llok like the last 4 years...

    January 20, 2010 08:31 am at 8:31 am |
  8. Jim

    Back to the future.

    I can't believe the independents would vote us back into the dark ages
    of republican obstructionism.

    One good thing about Brown's win is this will be a lesson learned
    by 2012 to not go back to the party who put you the mess you're in
    now. Brown will soon remind us why the republicans were voted out.

    January 20, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  9. Nevada dude

    Its more of a referendum on Martha Coakley's badly run campaign.

    Repubs shouldnt read too much into this; there are more reasons for Brown's victory than just his commitment to block health care reform.

    Dems: this is your warning sign. you have to go out there and meet your constituency, and explain why you are doing what you are doing and what you stand for. People need to see that you stand behind your principles and ideas, and besides, the Public hates snivelling whiners.

    January 20, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  10. Michele

    It is just amazing that Dems are letting this tea party nonsense get in the way of the reform we worked so hard for in 2008. Wake up! These people will do anything, spend anything, to get rid of Obama and ruin any opportunity to make America better. They are happy with the status quo, and do not care about the poor, the disenfranchised, and the welfare of children. We have to work harder, fight harder, and be the majority that we still are...this is our country too!

    January 20, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  11. Massachusetts Revolution

    Oneth by land and twoeth by sea;

    No more pork spending and deficits for me.

    Change your ways and get on the right track;

    Or it is four and the door Mr President and you ain't coming back.

    January 20, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. Becky

    She is a sandbagger. How could an experienced campaigner and lifetime Massachusetts resident insult the Red Sox, Fenway Park, take a vacation in the middle of an important election and say that shaking constiuents hands is too much work? She dialed it in not because of complacency, she dialed it in because she wanted to loose...Why woudl she want to loose?

    She is the PUMA Queen, She insulted Barack Obama during the Convention and wanted revenge on the Kennedy's for supporting Barack Obama. The African Americans in MA remember when we all forgot...So note to Democrats. We need African American votes. We cannot win without them...SO STOP RUNNING CANDIDATES THAT INSULT ONE OF OUR MOST IMPORTANT BASES.

    January 20, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  13. chill

    So it looks like MA has thrown away this country's best chance to address its major problems in decades. So get ready for disastrous climate change, soaring insurance and even more uninsured, no jobs, SS and Medicare running dry, and the list goes on. The GOP has CLEARLY decided to refuse to help with anything in order to win. And sure enough, the sheep have stampeded. The liberals are going purist because that will play in their districts even if they get nothing accomoplished. And the Blue Dogs are bailing. Ten or twenty years from now, our kids will still be angry... at us for not fixing what still could have been fixed.

    January 20, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  14. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It shows several things; Coakley is a bad campaigner compared to Brown who did a good job from my understanding. There was a certain sentiment that has been promoted by the Republicans and some parts of the press that there is a dissatifaction with the Congress (when isn't that true?) which helped Brown to win. It should hopefully give Democratic campaign operatives a couple of notes for future candidates - make it clear that you are going to work for the people; the seat that you are running for isn't an entitlement.

    I guess the Democrats have had a rash of bad candidates recently. Coakley in MA; Corzine in NJ are just a few. They never campaigned well or had a good message.

    January 20, 2010 08:37 am at 8:37 am |
  15. Maizie from Dallas

    The republican victory in Mass won't change anything in DC because those fools in DC don't believe what is before their eyes. They still believe they have a mandate to turn this country into a debtor nation (No, it is not Bush's fault!) and change our independence into enslavement to the federal government. Ain't gonna do that - only over "my cold, dead hands".

    January 20, 2010 08:38 am at 8:38 am |
  16. If You Want Something Ruined Let a Democratic Community Organizer Run It

    Let's see how Obama the Logo President is doing so far:

    VA – Sorry Barry, we aren't buying your liberal crap.

    NJ – Sorry Barry, we aren't buying your liberal crap.

    MA – Sorry Barry, we aren't buying your liberal crap.

    2010 Midterms – Sorry Barry, we aren't buying your liberal crap.

    Oslo – Barry, will another Nobel Proze make you feel better?

    January 20, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Jim

    One can think Webb is anything one desires but Webb is certainly correct on this one. Like it or not, the American people are against this bill and spending that makes W look like a cheapskate (he was a massive spender).


    January 20, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. Right Leaning Independent

    Gridlock over this big spending liberal agenda works perfect for me!!! We can get to work after the November elections when Bi Partisanship will be the only way to craft bills!!!

    January 20, 2010 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  19. Dan

    Maybe they start to understand that in modern times with modern communication technology representative democracy has tools to connect to the people directly, and if you ignore the people's will the people will sure try to get rid of you Mr. average politician!!!!

    January 20, 2010 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. Scott

    Sure it changes the narrative which was penned by the likes of the wicked Witch of the West Nancy Pelosi and her evil Warlock companion Harry "The vile-olator" Reid.

    January 20, 2010 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  21. A True Centrist

    What the national media is failing to mention is that over 20% of the Democrats in our state voted for Scott Brown. Not only was this race about Martha Coakley, and make no mistake, she ran one of the worst campaigns in history, but this race was also a message to the Democratic leadership in Congress and to the President. Enough with the backroom deals, enough with the bribes and the non-willingness to work across party lines. The President is still very popular here, but the way he and the Democratic leadership have been acting is not. Here is your wake-up call, time to change and start working for the American people again!

    January 20, 2010 08:50 am at 8:50 am |
  22. Joe in VA

    Yeah. Jim Webb. He and our other Senator, Mark Warner sold out their constituents by voting for cloture on the health care bill knowing it was an abomination. Both are more loyal to the Democratic party than to the voters. Now that there's political cover to not vote for the bill, Webb is suddenly a "statesman". Both are posers and have both lost my vote over this debacle called Health Care "Reform".

    January 20, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  23. Elizabeth

    Its a shame that a democratic state such as Massachusetts who
    already HAS universal healthcare, would vote in a republican to
    obstruct the rest of the country from having it. Independents? ha.
    Just another name for people who can't decide which side of the
    fence to stand on for their OWN good.

    January 20, 2010 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  24. jd

    All the people in this country want is a representative government. What the democrats want to deliver is goodies for their limited base of union affiliates, entitlement types, government employees, and immigrants and the like–none of which are the people who make this country great, and most of which do nothing to support it, but all of which make up a large voting base for democrats. Democrats first goal is to keep their jobs in the government.

    January 20, 2010 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  25. hongli

    Bostonians will see for themselves what a CLOWN they voted for in Brown when he hit their TOWN.

    January 20, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |
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