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. RNC = DNC = politics as usual

    Like "Animal Farm", the Change movement took over, but now we see they look pretty much the same as the last power brokers.

    They are the Establishment now, and Change is a scary word to Status Quo Obama.

    @Garland "Brown didn't blow Coakley" – remeber Obama didn't blow anyone away either with 53% popular vote.

    January 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  2. Jordan

    So let me see if I have this straight: Democratic voters are mad at Democratic Senators because they have not been able to pass any legislation because of Republic "just say no" tactics. So the solution is to.... vote for a Republican? hmmm

    January 21, 2010 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  3. mark

    THANK YOU MA! this was the change that we needed!

    January 21, 2010 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  4. MinnesotaJoe

    Shelly, how can you say "our" voices have been shut out. The people of Massachusetts spoke and chose this candidate.

    January 21, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Jim

    Depends on what the Dems & Repubs do. I hated the fact that the Liebermans and Nelsons had so much power during this debate. But I also hate the fact that the Repubs refused to participate in the process, despite that it would help their constituents. They effectively gave the Liebermans and Nelsons the power.

    If the Des reach out to the Repubs and they still refuse to work across the aisle, then Independents will go back to the Dems. Of course the Repubs could piss off their base....its their decision.

    January 21, 2010 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  6. Dan

    Massachusetts may have had a senile moment and voted a Republican back in, but the rest of the country remembers well, and will never vote for a republican for president again.

    Right Palin?

    January 21, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  7. Mike Syracuse, NY

    in 2008 Democrats were successful in branding themselves as the party of 'change'. They never got specific as to what the change was or how they would effect change. It's now painfully obvious that there was no plan and our major problems are being addressed in a piecemeal fashion or not at all 9e.g. the stimulus). They made healthcare the number one priority, even though it was never number one for most Americans. They can continue the 'blame Bush' mantra; in fact I hope they do. Come November they will find that voters blame them, and both houses of Congress will shift.

    January 21, 2010 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  8. Eastexn

    T'SAH from Virginia January 21st, 2010 12:30 pm ET
    Health Care Reform will get passed and it's time for the RepubliCAN'Ts to realize that and jump on the Band Wagon!!!++++ Why are you blaming Republicans? They are not involved anymore. They were shut out by Obama, Pelosi and Reid. They produced their own bill that Pelosi refused to bring to committee. HR3400 look it up. Obama, Pelosi and Reid HAD a super majority for a full year and could not get it passed because of DEMOCRATS. They did not need any republicans. They could not sell this cr@p to 1/2 of the Dems or 3/4 of the populace.

    January 21, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  9. Marion/Birmingham,Al

    The Dimocrats lost Mass themselves the republicans did not win it,It was a protest of Obamacare and the lack of attention to the Economy,while you lose your job,house,car and wonder if you can feed your family,Obama and the Dimocrats want to pass health care for the lazy turds who are on the governments handout list? It will be a sign of things to come If the Dimocrats do not stop the spending,stop the socialist agenda,and get back to running the country and putting the private businesses back in chagre of business so they will start hiring again.

    January 21, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  10. lifelong democrat

    Democrats cannot continue blaming everything on Bush, he's out of the Whitehouse going two years now. The truth is this, when Bush left the WH, unemployment was 4.5%, the amount for bailout in 2008 which democrats pushed a month before election was $168 billion which Bush signed. That $168 billion a bailout for Fannie & Freddie and a portion goes to bank bailout. Banks that accessed bailout under Bush already paid back the money plus interest, in fact US taxpayers made over $2 billion profit from it which was reported around summer of last year. If I'm not mistaken, out of $168 billion bailout signed by Bush at least $90 billion went to Fannie & Freddie, a project heavily supported by Democrats which caused our economic collapsed. They should have listened to Bush, since 2001, they've warned democrats like Barney Frank, Dodd and others to investigate Fannie & Freddie, they did not listen to him, they derided him and called him anti-American.

    This economic collapse is not Bush fault, it is Democrat fault, go back to CRA (Carter time) to Clinton time ( forcing financial institutions to loan money to people to buy a house even if they have bad credit and cannot afford it). We're seeing now the outcome of democrats social program, all of us would be suffering for years to come including future generation.

    January 21, 2010 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  11. The Party of NO stood calmly by for 8 years while the shrub raped and pillaged America, so, why would we listen to you now?

    One thing to come, if any woman has ever posed nude in a magazine in her youth, the "christians" with will have to accept posing nude as a "family value" per Scott Brown or taping videos of one's masturbation acts for "private" viewing by one's boyfriend as a "family value" per Carrie Prejean. Then there is that out-of-wedlock baby issue put forth by the Palin clan. All these "pagagons of virtue" have the full support of the cons. This "liberal" no longer will have to listen to any more "preaching" from the "evangelicals"!

    After all Scott Brown is now the "poster boy", so to speak, for acceptable public nudity. Glad to see the cons are truly becoming a bigger umbrella, at least as far as nudity and pro-choice goes! That tape display of Carrie is still a bit too much for this "libtard" but to each his/her own.

    So, to turn a phrase, it took the cons to show what is good for the Gander is now good for the Goose!.

    January 21, 2010 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  12. Erasmus

    It will be business as usual. GOP fear mongering, obstructionist tactics,dirty tricks, chickenhawk foreign policy, being the tool of big business. Now the big corporations can choose who they want to hold elective office and fund Fox to sell it to the people. We are in big trouble, America.

    January 21, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  13. Edward

    Yes, and may the first thing Brown does is cut Massachusetts state's
    universal healthcare for its citizens who voted for him.

    After all, the Republicans eat their own first.

    January 21, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    DID I MISS SOMETHING, WHO OUT THERE HAS HEARD ONE REPUBLICAN SAY THEY WANT AMERICANS TO HAVE THE SAME KIND OF INSURANCE THEY AND THEIR FAMILIES ENJOY. WHO OUT THERE HAS HEARD ONE REPUBLICANS PLAN FOR OUR COUNTRIES FUTURE WITHOUT REPEATING WHAT WE ALREADY KNOW. WAKEUP OUT THERE PEOPLE, THEY THINK WE ARE BRAIN DEAD DUE TO THE HEALTHCARE DEBATES ONLY. MAKE THESE REPUBLICANS ANSWER TO YOU JUST LIKE WE EXPECT THE DEMOS TO DO THE SAME.

    January 21, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  15. joe kiloz

    The following takes place in 2009-2010:

    1. Chicago won't have Olympics
    2. Global warming chatter in Copenhagen is non event
    3. Iran getting help in builing Nuclear facilities from Russia
    4. White House in denial of Fort Hood and Christmas bomber being
    terrorist incidents.
    5. Russia openly stating progressing on Offensive weapons and
    naval buildup
    6. Republican Governor in New Jersey
    7. Republican Governor in Virginia
    8. Republican Senator in Massachussetts.
    9. Unemployment at 10% and predicted to stay there for awhile
    10. National debt and deficits in double digits in the trillions
    11. President and staff who think are above the law and that they know
    what's good for us.

    YES,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,THE,,,,,,,,,,,,SCOTT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,BROWNS,,,,,,,,,,,,,WILL,,,,,,,,,,

    CONTINUE

    January 21, 2010 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  16. GREGOIRE

    I challenge ANY of you to come up with a reasonable argument proving your claims of Obama "cleaning up" the mess from the last 8 years. Seriously... pick a problem you believe Bush created, show some evidence of how HE SPECIFICALLY created that problem, how that problem has effected us as a nation negatively... and then show us some evidence of how Obama SPECIFICALLY has fixed this problem. I DARE you to try this exercise... and until you do... your argument is completely useless and worthy of the ridicule it garners.

    January 21, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    Just watched the dad/daughter video. Idol contestant, dad with his clothes on/daughters clothes off and dad naked in Cosmo. Maybe it's just me, but the balloon family came to mind plus it's just a little too, I don't know, creepy to me.

    January 21, 2010 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  18. James

    My Grandmother was quite famous for her gorgeous English box gardens. She was the president of the Milwaukee garden club for a time and was admired for her knowledge, design and care of her magnificent flower gardens. Needless to say, I was horrified when, after she sold her house, the new owner's first order of business was to plow all her gardens under. Teddy Kennedy and his push for universal health care is like my Grandma and her gardens...Scott Brown is the new owner of her property.

    January 21, 2010 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. NYCitizen

    I sure as hell hope so! I would love to see, one day, more actual Independents holding seats in Congress and the Senate, too! The dominance of our traditional two parties are leaving a foul taste in a lot of people's mouths, so to speak. And this, comming from a registered Democrat! The older I get, the more right I am moving.

    January 21, 2010 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  20. haren

    WHAT I DON'T UNDERSTAND THE WAY INDEPENDENT VOTE IS SELECTING REPUBLICAN SCOTT BROWN FOR THEIR VOTE.
    IF THEY CONSIDER THEM INDEPEDENT WHY THEY DID NOT VOTE FOR JOSEPH KENNEDY THE INDEPEDENT CANDIDATE.
    BY SELECTING REPUBILCAN WE ARE GOING BACK TO SAME POLICY HELPING CORPORATION AND RICH GUYS.

    January 21, 2010 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  21. davis

    This was not a referendum on health care. Brown ran a better campaign and galvanized the teabaggers, while his opponent ran a lack luster campaign and moreover the democrats were not paying attention until too late. We need health care reform. All congress agrees but the republicans are seeking to undermine the President and have maligned and mislead the american public about the necessity for it. If we do not reform health care in our country our national debt will grow.

    January 21, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  22. MJ

    I, for one, am very tired of the Bush Blame Game. Get over it! Obama has made some very bad decisions. His arrogance and lack of true concern for the American people is unforgivable. Maybe if he would listen to the Voters in Massachusetts, and every other state, he might understand that Big Government is not wanted. Go Scott Brown!

    January 21, 2010 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  23. dstay

    Wow, how entertaining to read the hate comments from the libs. You folks are clueless & sooo spiteful. You cannot stand the fact that most thinking Americans reject Obama, Pelosi, Reid, & their liberal socialist policies. Please keep up your drumbeat for your dems. I can't wait until the GOP takes over this fall. Remember, we can't confuse liberals with the truth after all.

    January 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  24. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    "People are so angry out here in the real world they can't see straight,"
    ------------------------------–

    What the hell are they angry about? And where was all this anger when we were being screwed by Bush & co.? I mean, really, 8 years of being raked over the coals, and finally raped and left to die and not a freaking peep from anybody. Now money is being spent at home and they can't see straight?!

    January 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  25. joe

    How much more can the liberals blame Bush.?? Look at the defieict when Bush left office. Look at the deficit now. How in the world can you blame Bush// The independents elected Obama, the independents elected Brown because they saw the backdoor dealings the Democratswere making to La and Neb, and then to top that to the Unions who are in a large part ot blame for the demise of the Auto companies in this country and other industries not to mention the Penision deficets in Cal and othe r states. The people are tired of the backdoor deals. No one wnat to say that we do not need to reform Health Care but not the way it was going to be done.
    If this continues the independants will carry the day in November and you will see a landslide for anyone running against incumbents.

    January 21, 2010 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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