January 21st, 2010
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Is Massachusetts vote a sign of things to come?

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Is Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts a sign of things to come? (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Washington (CNN) – Political analysts say that emotions played as big a role as issues in Republican Scott Brown's earthshaking win this week in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts.

Related: Mr. Brown goes to Washington

And those emotions will appear likely to influence the rest of the political season into the November midterm elections.

"People are so angry out here in the real world they can't see straight," political analyst Jennifer Donahue said.

Independent voters can break an election. It happened in 2008 and once again in 2010.

A day after his victory to fill Ted Kennedy's old Senate seat, Brown said Wednesday the one thing he heard the most during his campaign was that people were tired of business as usual.

"That means the behind-the-scenes deals. ... They want to make sure that their elected officials are doing things in a transparent manner, and doing it with the best interests of our state and mine."

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  1. Shara

    That we are electing nitwits like Brown and Palin ? I hope not, if not I am out of here.

    January 21, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  2. Clifford in New York

    Your down right Scott Browns victory is a sign of things to come! The Liberals have awoken a sleeping giant!

    January 21, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  3. Mike in MN

    Obama's fariy tail fantasy is over. The reality that America can't afford his style of government has set in. The reality that Obama's campaign was a stream of broken promises has set in. The reality that the Dems push to pass health care became a corrupt process of corrupt behind closed doors deals to get just enough votes to pass it, for the sake of passing a bill the people don't want. There is nothing in the hope and change message of Obama's campaign to be found in the reality of his failed presidency.

    January 21, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  4. Truth-Bomb Thrower

    I'm glad this guy won, BUT it doesn't make me feel any better about the intelligence of the American electorate. A year ago, Obama carried Massachusetts by 20 points.......and now this. If anything, it just shows how schitzophrenic voters are and how easily they are swayed by the media.

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  5. FactCheck

    In a state with 10 million residents, where only 2 million actually showed up to vote, he won by 100,000. That says a lot more about the horrible job Ms. Coakley did than it does about Mr. Brown... or have we forgotten about NY Dist 23?

    January 21, 2010 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  6. Scott, Tucson

    Now to move on and toss out Boxer, Pelosi, Reid, Schumer, Frank and all the other far left loons of the Democratic party which have been hijacked by them.

    January 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  7. j

    Not if the Dems get their voices and other parts of their anatomy back.

    So-called independents don't have to vote either Republican or Democrat. They could actually show that they are independent and vote for a THIRD party candidate and shake up the two party system, which isn't all that great anyway. People need to start thinking outside the two-party system box and start looking for candidates that support their views on the issues. Then you would see change in Washington.

    January 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  8. Duck Fallas

    ...so he come's to Washington to join the repukes as part of the problem. Business as usual.

    January 21, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. kim

    This happened because Obama ran to the center rather that listening to his base. Democrats are losing hope because Obama didnt "aggressively " do what he said he was going to do. I hope that he sees that trying to please everyone will get you nowhere. Democrats are feeling that if this is what we have to look forward too when passing legislation on the democratic agenda, then its hopeless.

    January 21, 2010 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  10. Fair is Fair

    "The challenge for Democrats is to reconnect with voters and try to make the case that they're not fully responsible for the country's problems, Begala said."

    There you have it from the king of far-left gutter sniping himself.

    Not fully responsible? According to democrats, they're not responsible at all. Even yesterday, Obama blamed the loss in Massachusetts on Bush.

    Thank God the people of Massachusetts, and the whole country for that matter, know better.

    The gig is up, democrats.

    January 21, 2010 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  11. Right Leaning Independent

    Absolutely!!! It could not have been a more clear message though some of the Dem bloggers on here will still keep their head in the sand and believe it is selfish people that support the far right wing that poured money into Brown's campaign to win the election. There are many middle of the road folks that are disgusted with the extreme liberal agenda that is being forced on the majority of Americans that disagree with it! We like America with all its warts! We do not want a European style country!

    January 21, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. DALE

    Repubs are still a minority both in Washington and the country. They are however good at being loud. Dems just need to run roughshod over them. The Repubs have been accusing the Dems of doing this since day one. So stand up and run them over.

    January 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. DALE

    Repubs are still a minority both in Washington and the country. They are however good at being loud. Dems just need to run roughshod over them. The Repubs have been accusing the Dems of doing this since day one, so stand up and run them over.

    January 21, 2010 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  14. FL for Change

    NO! Voters have forgotten who got us into all this mess. If they think sending Republicans back into office will help...then they have truly lost their minds. The ONLY reason that we have not seen real change now is because the REPUBLICANS have stood in the way of progress. If American voters can't see that, they need to take their blinders off.

    January 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  15. Mike in MN

    People are angry, but they are not blinded by it. In fact it is what they see happening in Washington that is making them angry. The rage is not blind, it is focused on the policies of Obama, Pelosi and Reid. Too much spending, too much increase in the size of government, too much government debt, too much government and cost in the health care bill, too much spent on the bailouts, too much government control like forcing people to buy health care, too little transparancy, too many borken promises, too much corruption. And not enough listening too and respect for the American people, a majority of whom have been saying stop since last summer.

    January 21, 2010 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  16. Glenn; Bakersville, NC.

    Absolutely it's a sign of things to come. As an Independent voter, I voted for change hoping that President Obama would lead a Democratic led congress and senate to enact real change in this country, and yet it's been more of the same. If the Republicans get some real "new blood" in the mid term elections, I believe you'll see a significant shift in the current status quo that is plaguing us now.

    January 21, 2010 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  17. Dan Holiday

    Here is an idea. Stop complaining about lack of health insurance. If you want health insurance then find a job that offers it and then pick it up. It IS that easy. If you cannot afford to pick it up, then restructure your budget so that you can. So many people that complain about not being able to afford health insurance have no problem affording plasma televisions, multiple cell phones, two or three cars, multiple video game systems, designer clothes, expensive jewelry, paying for their kids to be in multiple after school programs and sports, going out to eat at fast food restaurants every night, cigarettes, and the list goes on and on. If you cut some of this junk out you would find that you have the money to afford insurance. Don’t think for a second that families with insurance always have piles of money lying around. We all budget for it so that we have it in case we need it. We have learned to do without so that we are taken care of. Be fiscally responsible and you may find that affording the important things in life are not that hard.

    January 21, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  18. GI Joe

    Yes it's a sign of things to come.

    We're tired of that bunch of old crabby white men not working together, and we're gonna replace a lot of them - especially the Grand Obstructionist Party reps and senators.

    January 21, 2010 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  19. Abe

    We shall see what the Republicans can do now that they gained as seat in the senate. This is gut check time for a party that has worked relentlessly to derail the health care program. They say ther are ready to come up with a partisan solution for the program. Independents are voters you cannot depend on. They are unpredictable, no loyalty to any party but vote on a platform the sounds sweet to them. Like one independent voter said he voted for Mr. Brown just for change knowing in the end it would not make a difference. So lets not vote jut for the hell of it. Mr. Brown is coming to Washington strapped with anti Obama agenda and by any means to derail the health care reform. It is a shame politics has to come to this, personal attacks and not making people accountable. In this case the Republican party for putting us were we are today. the economy started to fall apart under Bush's administration, Afghanistan war was alive during the Bush administration and the war on terror escalated during Bush's administration. So Mr. Brown will be just like the other one's and he will act like an insider instead like an outsider. So for him to put all the blame on the Obama administration is a hoax. We are becoming a society no government makes us happy and if we do not like them we throw them out. I think we should have term limits for both the house and the senate. This way officials do not get complacent , out of touch with the main stream and at least we have fresh minds, fresh ideas to tackle our problems. I am a firm believer if all of us work together we can accomplish a lot. The days of the two party system is not firm footed as it used to be. People are cross voting and the independents are adding a new flavor to the voting process and making it interesting. God Bless our country.

    January 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  20. mike

    Finally, a Guy who seems to understand us common folk out here in the "real world"... let's hope he will maintain his integrity and resist the temptation of the "big money" lobbyists, who are the reason our system has broken down.

    January 21, 2010 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  21. getreal

    Sadly, yes. The tea party folks are going to attempt to take over...and the stock market will continue to tank. Did anyone notice that under Pres. Obama, the market has been in a one-year rally? In the past two days, since the "changing political tides" the stock market is tanking...soon we'll be back to the numbers we saw in the last year of Dubya's presidency. Is that really where you want to go?

    January 21, 2010 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  22. jim

    Who cares about behind-the-scenes deals, those are part of any corrupt organization and have been going on in congress from its beginning ! What really pi$$es us off is that useless old turds like Harry Reid are buying votes right out in the open !!

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  23. hongli

    I hope that the Republicans enjoy this one because it's just a matter of time before this clown engages in extra marital affairs. Women will be this guy's downfall. Remember all that glitters is not gold and this clown in Scott Brown sure isn't a "golden boy".

    January 21, 2010 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  24. mary mtl can

    No doubt this guy will turn his coat against Mass, Soon they will realize the big mistake they have done.

    January 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  25. jack in denver

    I didn't need a sign to know people are stupid.

    January 21, 2010 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
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