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


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.

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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. David

    Of course it is, sheesh!

    January 21, 2010 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  2. James

    I HOPE HE FAILS!!! Oh wait, maybe it's only OK when Rush says that.

    January 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    If you were to believe the Republicans, this will be the end of the Democrats in Congress. That is far from the truth. We need to look at the candidate and how her campaign was run. She was too alouf and her campaign didn't react or spend money well on advertisements getting out her name. The local parties weren't very good at getting people they knew were going to vote for Coakley to the polls which hurt her a great deal.

    Brown knew how to work the crowds. He made himself look like a man of the people. Only time will tell if he really is that and can represent the state well.

    January 21, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  4. rob

    So Begalla says the deficts are the other guys fault and the Dems are trying to pay them down????????

    The budget estimates for the next ten years are saying that there will be TRILLION $ deficts every year. The Dems passed and Obama signed a 14% increase in this years spending when inflation is @3% and they already used $787 billion "Stimulas" and told us that if we didn't we would have 8% unemployment. We have 10%

    The American people see through these lies being told and are starting to lay blame where it belongs.

    Nov. can't come fast enough.

    January 21, 2010 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  5. Kate

    So now we have someone who will reach across the aisle???I doubt it, just another Republican to stand in the way of straightening out Bush administrations messes. If that would have been a Democrat going from a "pinup" to senator,,,omg!!!!! I would hope that the new senator would follow his own heart and mind instead of joining the same ole status quo republicans in Washington. I am a former republican, but never again will I vote republican. They don't care about the poor, education, healthcare, jobs, which all of these affect our economy. Sounds like more of a showoff to me!!!

    January 21, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  6. Tom from Canonsburg

    Isn't it amazing that the voters in a state that has mandatory healthcare as an active law, votes for a candidate who is going to vote against it? Notice that the people throwing the tantrums about the healthcare issue already have healthcare. We saw the same intensity from the voters during the civil rights movement. You need to remember a whole lot of good things have come with great anxiety.

    January 21, 2010 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  7. Shelly

    Even the Supreme Court justices are in cahoots with the Corporate elite Republicans. Our judges are activists, they are NOT the voice of the Constitutional rights. They are NOT for the People. They are ONLY for the large corporations.

    SAD, Sad day, America....Our voices have been shut out again by the right wing agenda. We will be a ONE party system, enslaved be corporations!

    January 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. WV

    Many will not agree with what I have to say. This is a country built on freedom of speech, thought and respect for all.

    This is what happens when emotions rather than level-headed thought rules decisions. Whether Democrat, Republican or Independent we need to look at all the facts and make a decision based on that information not on anger or hearsay.

    Yes, some may be angry at how things are moving as we slowly pull ourselves up. We have known from the beginning of this administration that improvement was not going to happen over night. Still there are many who feel that improvement would be instantaneous. It does not happen that way. Many of the businesses that had to reduce their payroll because of the recession are still rebuilding and cannot hire back everyone they had to let go or have gone under themselves.

    January 21, 2010 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. Brian B

    I don't think so. The Tea Party movement effectively organized a very disgruntled base in Massachusetts. However, now that they have put Scott Brown in the spotlight I believe it should be the duty of the press to ask the leaders of the Tea Party movement, and/or Scott Brown, exactly what it is that they stand for and how they plan to push their message or policies through Congress. Since the Tea Party movement is very secretive and suspicious of the media (read: Tea Party convention in TN banning press except for right leaning media organizations) I doubt that they will be willing to say such things. Thereby, calling into question the motives behind this organization and their ability to deliver. The movement might also be seen as meerly taking advantage of a disgruntled American working class. If jobs pick up by July, adios Tea Party message. I also believe that Scott Brown will have no choice but to be a liberal conservative. Coming from a highly progressive state, Brown will be forced, if his seat is really the people of Massachusetts's seat, to deliver progressive votes. If he does not, look for his 30% approval rating in one year.

    January 21, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  10. fred simonds

    seem the political systemin the U.S. is disfunctional at the very least.
    I never tought I would ever say this, but i feel sorry for you guys. I have been following your politics probably since an Actor became president. How anybody can support the republicans is beyond my comprehension. They will destroy your country as fast as they line their pockets. they won't care that your reputation is so bad that you can't borrow from foreignors anymore because they can see the collapse coming and the Chinese are drooling. I thought Canadian politics sucked but WOW.
    Someone on the daily show made a great comment and we all need a value remake and get back to days when the common good was paramount, not getting your face on TV.ps Why does your congress allow those party crashers to take the 5th. Octomom, ballon boy palin. every wants to be a celebrity. Brown is a jerk and already feels he's a deal breaker. Your country appears doomed to me concerned Canadian

    January 21, 2010 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  11. Natasha

    No it is not a sing but that America still has issues with helping it people. The ignorance of alot of people has been shown since the election. The people who are uninsured are poor and mostly the people of color. White America know this and therefore in there eyes see no need to help reform Health Care. I have no fear because in the end they will know who own this entire earth. The person after President Obama will be the death of this country.

    January 21, 2010 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. true daughter of the american revolution

    pretty tired of the media sway here. all this represents is that Coakley was a lazy candidate, and Brown knew how to runa campaign. to use it for anything else is self-serving...not above media types, obviously.
    so, what happened in new york district 23 just a few months ago? that was supposed to be some kind of earthshaking result as well.
    the media is the ones who are pushing and pulling the country every which way they can, dramatizing issues to sell more media.
    sick, sick, sick of it.
    also points to the lack of education in our country that people can be bamboozled by richard gere looks and and handshake in front of a ball field – and a truck. dudue doesn;t have much else going on, but then, neither did Coakley – or at least she didn't show it.
    i agree with the comment above – the people who vorted against healthcare in mass are ones who ALREADY have it, thanks for thinking about the rest of us.
    my healthcare? a gym membership, healthy eating habits, no smoking.

    January 21, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  13. Sue

    It is GREAT that Scott Brown won!!! Obamacare is DEAD--they will now have to work on a transparent, bipartisan bill.

    Cap and Tax, amnesty for illegals, fairness doctrine, Stimulous Bill, etc.--are now all dead!!!

    The election of Scott Brown has saved our country. He is not just the new Senator from Massachusetts--he is "America's Senator".

    January 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  14. v

    I think based on the vote in Mass. The Senate and House should table Health Care and when the people rise up and complain about Health Care they can blame the Repugs. Obama gave the Repugs every chance to put in a Health Plan and all the Repugs want to do is give out tax breaks and give the Health Insurance Companys more money.

    I also think that the Democrats should cut all programs by 10% and if the people complain than just tell them that they spoke in the Mass. race and it seems to be they want what the Repugs want and therefore they want another four years of Bush/Cheney. Never mind that they almost bankrupted the US.

    The Democrats should strive to balance the budget and if that means we cut into programs so be it. Give programs that don't need to be in the Federal Government to the States to deal with (like the Transportation Department could be given to each state, also all Medicaid/Medicare, do away with Social Security, get rid of the Dept. of Education) only keep the Agencies that are vital to the US security and when the people complain just tell them that due to all their complaining about paying taxes this is what you get. Get the Armed Forces out of all the countries and let those countries take care of them selves.

    I am sick and tired of everyone complaining about how they should not have to pay taxes or help anyone out. When we don't have the services then they can ask themselves why won't the government help ME. The reason will be clear.

    I can't understand why everyone thinks that Obama can change everything that Bush/Cheney did to distroy this country in 8 years can be fixed in 1 year. I really think the people in Mass. are so imature, all they want is instant gratification.

    If the Repugs get everything they want and we don't fix this country I will be moving to somewhere else that atleast has some common sense.

    January 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  15. Jay

    So now the people of Mass. have a sexist, racist, homophobeic right-wing nut job for a senator. $20 says he'll screw-up so badly in his first 6 months acting like an ass that the people will demand a referendum to remove this overblown egotist from office.

    January 21, 2010 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Go Ahead, Knock This Battery Off My Shoulder ... I dare You

    I think the Democrats lost this race ... the GOP didn't win it.

    I'm one of those people that is tired of things as usual and I'd have never voted for Brown. I want to see Washington move away from gridlock ... not toward it. I believe the Democrats deserve their shot after 8 years of Bush. If they don't deliver ... THEN we fire them!

    I'm tired of all the bickering and inaction. Congress ( the House & Senate) do absolutely NOTHING but look out for themselves. They are more focused on winning to keep their WELFARE like jobs than doing the people's business.

    If you think about this filibuster breaking majority ... how long did the Democrats have it with all the Republican obfuscation around the seating of Al Franken? .... Not even 7 months ... Right?

    What contraversial legislation did they bring to the floor since Franken was seated where they "forced" through something? I can't think of any.

    And yet, this Mark Brown victory is being spun as though it is directed at check Democratic abuses of the legislative process. That is such BS.

    I hope the Democrats put forth strong contraversial legislation .... I DARE the GOP to repeatedly Fillibuster these initiatives.

    If they do, it will be taped and the Democrats can show local voters exactly how their representatives stood in the way of some very basic laws designed to help the common man.

    Then let the GOP try to talk it's way out of that smokin gun.

    January 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  17. Jeff from Chicago

    @ Tom from Canonsburg

    Shouldn't that tell you something?
    They have universal healthcare and they know what it's like. that's why they voted against it.

    I think it was people tired of the democrats blaming everyone but themselves. All the democrats care about is winning so they promise the people everything for nothing. And what the people get is more unemployment, more taxes, unbelievable deficits, and more finger pointing at everyone else for their problems.

    And the best you gotta love, if you don't do things the democratics way, you are obstructing fixing the country. The democrats are the biggest part of what's wrong with this country.

    January 21, 2010 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  18. Jill-IN

    EXCELLENT comments by WV – couldn't have stated it better.

    January 21, 2010 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  19. valwayne

    Very few Democrats seem to be getting the message. Most of them seem to be just as arroganct and willing to cram corrupt legislation down the throats of the American people today as they were before the election. If they don't get it they all need to go in Nov.

    January 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  20. Dutch the Great

    Scott Brown = Man dressed in a little brief authority. He'll be gone in 2012.

    January 21, 2010 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. Phillipa

    Independent voters in Mass just shot the rest of America the bird.

    I hate the way independents ruin elections–especially when the nation so desperately needs positive change.

    January 21, 2010 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  22. It has begun

    Of course it is all about emotions. Isn't that what happened Nov 2008? People whipped into a frenzy and voted in the this elitists, arrogant, & ineffectual President!

    Obama is "so smart" that it only took him a year to get it? Jobs, Jobs, Jobs!! Obama owned this economy when he signed into law the failed stimulus bill. So he can keep blaming Bush but the fact remains that Obama has put this country into more debt in 1yr than Bush ever did in 8yrs!!

    How's that "HOPE & CHANGE" working out for you!!
    Keep whining cockroaches!! Independents are not done yet!!!

    January 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  23. Christopher

    I do not believe the victory of Scott Brown is a reflection of people not happy with Obama. There's a very good chance, Scott Brown would have won whether he was Democrat or Republican. Massachusetts
    voted for the person they wanted.

    Now that he has won, it's created a shift for the on going politics. This is a early lesson for Obama. Being wise, intelligent, meaningful isn't enough. American's need physical response, like anger and sweat. They need to see to feel. Obama needs to address this down to earth persona to appeal to grass root Americans that do not care about grammar.

    Any straw the Republicans can grab on to, they will. This victory allowed them to "supersize" their big gulp of arrogance. There's time to adjust, and a will to prevail, to continue to have sophistication for a second term with Obama to win in 2012.

    January 21, 2010 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  24. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    No, I don't believe the MA election was "a sign of things to come" it was however, a wake-up call for President Obama and Congress.

    America needs to be reminded everyday how we got here in the first place.

    1. Bush doubled the national debt.
    2. Bush handed Obama the biggest BUDGET DEFICIT in our Nation's history, where were all the complainers then?
    3. Two wars that have nearly bankrupted our nation.
    4. When Bush left Office we had been in the Great Recession for one year already.
    5. Bush & Hank Paulson, pushed through the BAIL OUT for Wall Street & the Banks. Paulson, wrote the Bill, and wrote it so Congress could not debate it.
    6. When Bush left office we had lost ........ 2.8 MILLION JOBS in 2008 alone.

    These are just a few truths. What I want to know is: where were all the so-called fiscal conservatives when Bush was spending and spending?

    January 21, 2010 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  25. Ranjit

    When will democrats accept that, America is a Center-Right country? If not, best of luck with midterm elections in 2010

    January 21, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
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