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. Ben

    T'SAH from Virginia – "Health Care Reform will get passed and it's time for the RepubliCAN'Ts to realize that and jump on the Band Wagon!!!"

    Yet another delusional Lib. Did you not see what happened in MA the other night? That's called CHANGE, not that fake feel-good crap Obama and his cronies are peddling

    January 21, 2010 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  2. It has begun

    "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!"
    ------ Spoke like a true ignoramous!
    Shelly lets not forget that GE, Microsoft, & Google are in bed with the Obama Admin and gave mounds of dollars and help with his campaign. Corporations are in bed with the Dems too. You are just too stupid to see that!!!

    January 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  3. Reagan raised taxes

    I guess since were not supposed to blame Bush any more we should stop blaming Bin Laden too.

    January 21, 2010 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  4. JR

    I don't trust Brown. After those comments he made about his daughters and that wierd rambling he did in his acceptance speech, I think that it is just a matter of time before the skeletons start coming out his closet. DC interns beware!!!!

    January 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. ran

    Yes gridlock is what to come until NOV. 2010 when we the people vote for true Democrats in such #s that no backroom deals will ever have to be made again in order to get anything done because of the fear/hate/obstructionist/purist Republicans and the likes of Lieberman/Nelson and blue dogs.

    All Ma voters did was to reward those Republicans for their obstructionism/fear/hate.

    I wish the Democrats would just go the reconciliation way and just get things done. The hell with the Republicans. Also, where were the Independents when Bush and crew were spending and tax cutting us into a recession not to mention 2 wars that they could not finish.

    January 21, 2010 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Ben

    Shelly – "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."

    Typical Liberal response. What do you call Sonya Sotomayor? She's about as activist as it gets. When are you and the rest of the Libs gonna stop blaming Bush for everything.

    January 21, 2010 01:09 pm at 1:09 pm |
  7. Paul in Arizona

    You bet!! Dems & Obama should have fulfilled at least some of their campaign promises: working across party lines, transparency, creating a fair health care bill, reigning in spending, bringing the troops home, increasing homeland security at seaports, & airports, ending cronyism, creating jobs (green and otherwise), improving the economy, etc.

    Recently a blogger put it beautifully: "They should have known this is what happens when you don't dance with them that brung ya' " Now they can live with what they've created and go down in flames in 2010 and 2012. Can't wait!!

    January 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  8. ICARE

    Politicionary:]

    Voters: Dumb sheep: cant tell the difference between which ones are the good donkeys or good elephants = usually votes for elephants in disguise of wanting to help the public

    Republi CORP or Republi CON: too smart, cant hear U = in love with
    scrooges = nothing for the people = see past 8 years = creates wealth
    for a few in the form of borrowing = left 5 trillion dollars for future
    to pay = Gives handouts of 1 trillion dollars to billionaires = Likes throwing the economy off a cliff= See W

    Dumbo CRAT = dumb enough to listen = Usually cleans up after the
    elephants' mess = Revives the economy = Always give something back to the public= creates wealth for the mass = see Bill Clinton

    January 21, 2010 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  9. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Lets hope not.........another do nothing "NO" sayer.. without any option and has accomplished exactly nothing !!! I can not figure out the voters of today. This mess has taken 12 years or more to get into. The American people CHARGED up their credit cards, squandered their home eqiity, spent 30% or more annually over their net incomes , took jobs that was not long term.....and ...now want the Government to fix IMMEDIATELY(no matter how improbable) and at the same time, do not want the government involved with our lives(thats socialism), do not want to raise taxes , and do not want to control insurance companies. Need I continue to detail the issues ??? Seems that the problem (wether we will admitt it or not ) is "US" not the government. Then current voters dig a deeper hole after 8 awful Republican years ...by voting BACK-IN the same idiots like this one! Does anyone have a clue out there??? This guy is an empty suit.

    January 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  10. ICARE

    To victim of democrat hypocrysis

    The donkeys do not have a choice. The money is needed to build a NEW ECONOMY FOR AMERICA AND GROW AMERICA.

    The money borrowed by W was used only to grow a few elites

    January 21, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  11. KC

    Why is Brown's victory so much bigger and more decisive than the Dem's victory in New York last year? Could it be that CNN is vying for a Replublican takeover? Let Obama do his job. With a little support from the press, Obama could be doing incredible things for this county. Oh, I forgot. A Republican takeover would sell ads.

    January 21, 2010 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Dan, TX

    Ok, let's let the republicans cut the budget by 20% a year for the next 4 years. I don't mind passing beggars in the street.

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. SocialismBad

    The Democrats can try to spin this anyway they can, but mark my words, they are TOAST come November if they continue down the same path they have for the last year.

    Even liberal Mass. voters won't sit idly by while the Democrats and Obama spend this country into bankruptcy. The Independents that got Obama elected have now realized they were snookered by a radical leftist campaigning as a moderate.

    November can't come soon enough! For now, Mr. 41 will have to do his best to stop the Democratic insanity in DC.

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Judy

    If it can happen in Massachusetts you better believe it can happen elsewhere. Our elected officials better start listening to us. We are sick and tired of how the Democrats are trying to shove this crap down our throats. Thank God for the Independent thinking Massachusetts voters!

    January 21, 2010 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Rick McDaniel

    Perhaps the real question is......how long will it take to corrupt Brown, in the Washington tradition??????

    January 21, 2010 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. FactCheck

    The message is very simple. No government take over. No bailouts. No handouts. No terrorist brought to the US for any reason.
    ----

    Tell me one thing Scott Brown has done that shows that he stands for any of these issues. One thing... yeah, that's what I thought.

    January 21, 2010 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. 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 to and respect for the American people, a majority of whom have been saying stop since last summer. And too few jobs for all the 100s of billions spent.

    January 21, 2010 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Chispter

    Not really, it's the same voting decisions that Americans usually make. They listen to sound bytes and get all worked up over silly stuff like trucks, personality, gender, race, lame jokes, fear-mongering...they rarely give any thought to policies and who actually managed the country well in the past.

    Republicans left us in a huge mess in 2008. Bush/Cheney avoid huge budgets by removing the war spending and placing it in "supplemental" spending bills. They mismanaged the economy, emergency response to Katrina, abandoned the pursuit of the people who attacked us on 9/11, bailed out the banks and auto industry (Fall 2008) and even shot a friend in the face.

    Most voters reward incompetence if they think they'd like to have a beer with the candidate. Being educated is now considered "elite" and unpopular. I'd prefer someone educated to run my business and my country but that's just me.

    Fortunately, I think Brown is pretty smart as well as personable so we may be lucky with this one.

    January 21, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  19. lifelong democrat

    I hope US Senator Brown will remain with independent thoughts and represent his state well and the rest of America. I'm glad Brown won in MA, we need two party system, we need balance. My party is running this country like a person high on crack. Oh my lord! I'm totally disgusted with my own party!

    January 21, 2010 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  20. The Film Professor

    You're tired of "business as usual", so you vote in a conservative Republican? WHAT?

    You've just voted FOR Business as usual by doing that. You've voted FOR our wonderful health insurance companies, big bonuses on Wall Street, lobbyists writing legislation etc.

    Congratulations, Massachusetts. Sending more Republicans to Washington is like sending in a gas tanker to put out a fire.

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

    Garland says:
    I think elections will teeter back and forth for the next year or so until Obama has time to accomplish some things. Besides, Brown didn't blow Coakley away. I think the Republicans are overly excited at this point.
    -----------------------------

    Garland, are you joking??!!! You obviously know NOTHING about Massachustts politics! Absolutely NOBODY thought a Republican could even come within double digits of the Democrat in this race, let alone BEAT the Democrat by 5 points.

    If the Democrats and Obama don't get the message this sends, then they are far dumber than even I thought they were.... But keep thinking the way you do, right up until the train runs you all over in November. It's best you not know what hit you!

    January 21, 2010 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  22. Greg

    I hope folks don't think that electing republicans will lead to anything better. They got us in this mess in the first place. Republicans are full of lies and deciet and will say and do anything to get what they want, power and money.

    January 21, 2010 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  23. Eastexn

    Garland January 21st, 2010 12:34 pm ET
    I think elections will teeter back and forth for the next year or so until Obama has time to accomplish some things. Besides, Brown didn't blow Coakley away. I think the Republicans are overly excited at this point.+++++ Obama-McCain numbers were exactly the same 53-46 as Coakley-Brown. Why is it that Obama won by a "landslide" or "VAST MAJORITY" according to the liberal squawkboxes yet the same propogandists all say that in regarding to them losing, it was very close, he squeeked out a win, not a blow out etc etc? I find the libs and their box contsraned thinking humorous.

    January 21, 2010 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  24. Mike in MN

    Press secretary Gibbs says Obama understands the voter anger. Says it is the same anger he say during the campaign. I don't disagree. Voters were angry then about 400 to 500 billion deficits and are 3 times as angry now over 1.4 trillion dollar deficits. Voters were angry about too much government spending and are even more angry now over out of control spending. Voters were angry about the economy and jobs and are even more angry now with trillions of new spending and unemployment increased from 5% during the campaign to 10% now. Voters were angry about lack of government transparancy and back room negoiations and deals and are even more angry now that the Obama promise to change this apperars to have been a joke. Voters were angry about the Washington elites who did not seem to listen to the people and are even more angry now that inspite of the efforts of the people to be heard, Obama and the Washington elites still do not listen.
    Obama is right, some of the reasons that the peple are angry are the same ones he heard during the campaign, some but not all. But the difference is that during the campaign mush of the anger was at Bush for his actions, now the anger is directly at Obama for his.

    January 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. rove

    Soon Mitch McConnell will put his arm around Brown and share the republican strategy.
    Go to committee meetings with democrats, have them accept your proposals and ammendments then ALWAYS, ALWAYS vote to fillibuster and against the final bill.
    This will work for us until we get back in control because americans are fickle.

    January 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
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