January 23rd, 2010
09:32 AM ET
8 years ago

Democrats' agenda hits the wall, analysts say

Democrats face a tough challenge moving forward with much of their agenda.

Democrats face a tough challenge moving forward with much of their agenda.

Washington (CNN) - Republican Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts has forced congressional Democrats and the White House to assess their agenda going forward.

The historic win in the solidly Democratic state has put the brakes on President Obama's and congressional Democrats' key legislative initiatives: health care reform, climate change and a second stimulus.

Obama's agenda already was in trouble before the GOP victory in Massachusetts, said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

"The Massachusetts special election crystallized just how much trouble Obama's legislative agenda was in," he said. "The sense I got was that members prior to Christmas didn't really think that most of Obama's agenda was going to pass anyway after health care."

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  1. obama the liar

    it's a hard job being a community organizer pretending to be a president, but so far he is getting away with it.

    January 22, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  2. Mike

    All this Obama does is talk, over here, over there, everywhere.....and we are sick to death of all his grand plans......create some jobs already.....quit bowing down and apologizing to everyone, shut your intellectually superior mouth, do some real work and create some jobs......we are sick and tired of your talk big and do nothing agenda.....how about creating 1000 jobs somewhere.....that would be a good start.....then do it again and again and again......

    January 22, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    He was voted in due to:
    1. Bush fatigue
    2. War fatigue
    3. Promise for change (although there was nothing in on his polticall resume that showed a record of change).

    Democrats get into power and have a history of squandering it away. The Republican do the same.

    While liberals call the GOP the part of NO. The Dems are appearing more like the party of DOH!

    January 22, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  4. Jin

    Screw the "analysts." It seems about time we recognized that the corporations/Repugnicans are moving toward a classist society with no shame and no conscience. We the people must start calling BS what it is and saying vehemently "NO" to being oppressed by greed. Tar and feathers for genuinely real. Let the bankers (not faceless "banks") beware of their oppressive policies and receive direct recompense for their actions against the people. Let this country understand that this Supreme Court just began an era of popular actions that will demand that our oppressors answer personally for their actions. Let there be up close and personal demonstration of our outrage.

    January 22, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. gary davis Harbor Oregon proud american

    the win for Brown was because not enough democrats got out to vote and the republicans historicly follow like sheep the master who can tell the best lies .. so its a joke . and the president is doing a great job . if he wasn't the republican purists wouldn't be attacking him every day like they do.. so piss off purist party of NO your day is comming soon . first you eat your own and lie to each other every day . and lie to the public to swing votes and steal money from the middle class and the poor .. so time will catch up to your ways of carpet bagging and threats and lies .. LOL then america will see you for what you are . CEO'S that have ruled this great nation for to long ..
    change has come and your days are numbered . way to go MR OBAMA. and our administration . and down with the few radical purist republicans . bottom feeders . 🙂

    January 22, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  6. B. Burnett

    Why do Americans hate America so much? – and vote truly stupidly to thwart meaningful reforms? For a year now, Americans have had a real chance at overcoming the despicable decisions of our UH-OH decade, but always threaten to blow it again.

    We expect mindless hatefest demonstrations and scurrilous lies against reforms in the Middle East, but why would Americans want our own government to fail? Who are these people to want to entrust government to those who don’t believe it, demonize it, and insist it always does the wrong things in spite of all experiences to the contrary? It ain’t Haliburton or AIG trying to fix our problems.

    We always hear U.S. candidates talk about giving Americans the government they deserve. If you want good government you have to vote for it and support it, not punish it and reward the boneheads who take cheap shots at the sacrifices needed for it.

    January 22, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  7. billy123

    This is because President Obama and the Deems have stuck up for Wall Street and has frorgotten Main Street. If the Dems keep this up they will lose so many seats in the next election they will never recover.

    January 22, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  8. Mike

    All this Obama does is talk, over here, over there, everywhere.....and we are sick to death of all his grand plans......create some jobs already.....quit bowing down and apologizing to everyone, shut your intellectually superior mouth, do some real work and create some jobs......we are sick and tired of your talk big and do nothing agenda.....how about creating 1000 jobs somewhere.....that would be a good start.....then do it again and again and again......and try to do it within the boundaries of the US Constitution......and quite picking a fight with wall street and the banks.....we want our economy to recover....WE THE PEOPLE will do it with you or without you......C'mon Obama......give America a chance....you might like us if you give us a chance.

    January 22, 2010 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  9. the unsub

    I am African American and I will say this. I am neither Democrat, Republican, or Independent. I am for whomever supports me. I did vote for Obama because I felt that he was a better choice than McCain.

    But, although I still support Obama, I do not support Reid and Pelosi and others. I also voted for Obama because he promised to address the housing/foreclusure/subprime mess with programs like the Obama Plan and Making Home Affordable Plan.

    What I have seen is that his administration bailed out banks like B of A and the execs made off like bandits with large bonuses and huge profits. But me and others have suffered with less. This is not what I voted for nor is what I expect. I foresee many more "Massachusetts moments" if this administration does not figure it out. It really is the economy...stupid.

    January 22, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  10. J.C. - Independent 4 Public Option

    With 41 votes in the Senate, GOP has no more excuses. Their hands are no longer tied and we are waiting for good ideas ...

    January 22, 2010 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  11. Henry Miller, Libertarian, Cary, NC

    It's just too bad it took so long for the impact to occur. If nothing else, it was a year that could have been far better spent finding ways to pay down the national debt and starting the phase-out of any number of wastes-of-money like the Department of Education

    January 22, 2010 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  12. Mike, formerly from Syracuse

    Put a second stringer in as QB, and expect to lose. Obama was a rank amateur with zero executive experience. It shows more and more each day. He had historic majorities in the Congress and accomplished NOTHING.

    January 22, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Blankho

    Bloated government is evil. The agenda should be to protect our citizens and borders, assist with education, promote economic growth/trade and interstate commerce, provide a judicial system, insure free speech, uphold the constitution, etc. Most other meddling, Nannyism, Socialism, etc. should be stopped. In some ways the party of "No" has it right. You have to learn to say "No" to a lot of this crap the politicians use to get re-elected. If they won't say "No" then kick them out.

    January 22, 2010 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. Right Leaning Independent

    Thank god for Scott because the Dems certainly were having difficulty interpreting the polls that were coming out .Even the ones from his liberal media supporters could not mask the truth!!!

    January 22, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. LacrosseMom(the real one)

    I wouldn't sound the death knoll for the Democrats nor President Obama quite yet!

    January 22, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  16. m smith

    it is sad when one senator can derail health care that millions of people are waiting for. Now with the supreme court discission yesterday. Big business and the and the rich repos will own the country. So much for the little guy. Even the stupid tea baggers will be in for a surprise when corporations dictaate who runs for office and the agenda that will be followed

    January 22, 2010 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  17. Little Tommy

    The Dems should think long and hard about how and why this happened and how in the world they could lose MA. They don't seem to be delivering on the "Change" promised the American people and now they're starting to pay the price. We have a democratic administration and a democratic congress and still no results...shame on them!

    We need a bit less oratory and a few more results!

    January 22, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  18. Pragmatic

    If Health Care Reform fails ... the republicans will own it ....

    January 22, 2010 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  19. Bill from GA

    Seems like the Repubs managed to pass bills without the 60-vote majority. Maybe the Dems need to realize politics is hardball. Got a lot of tax cuts the Repubs want renewed. What else ya got to bargain with?

    Show some guts, ya'll.

    January 22, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  20. Future expat

    Douglas Holtz-Eakin was the chief economic policy adviser to John "The fundamentals of our economy are strong" McCain.

    Why do you not mention this in your article?

    January 22, 2010 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  21. Chipster

    So, let me see if II understand this:

    Reagan borrowed and spent us into a hole and left us in a recession. Bush Sr. borrowed and spent us further into a hole until he finally surrendered and agreed to raise taxes to pull us out of the hole, for which he was strongly ridiculed.

    Clinton balanced the budget, reduced the deficit and left a surplus to Bush #43. Bush #43 promptly borrowed and spent us into the biggest hole in history, started an unnecessary war with Iraq and diverted resources away from pursuing the 9/11 attackers. Using smoke & mirrors, Bush simply didn't include the cost of 2 wars in the budget but used supplemental spending bills as a cover.

    Obama inherited the doubled deficit, a Wall street bailout that failed to include any restrictions in exchange for billions of dollars, thanks to Henry Paulson. And for some odd reason, Obama and Democrats are blamed for failing to correct all the damage in less than a year.

    I must conclude that Republicans employ the very best marketing teams in the world and Democrats give the public too much credit for intelligence levels.

    January 22, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. bill

    What's with the political campaign agenda?

    The Government claims that it is donating $1 to $5 million dollars collectively to help the crisis in Haiti, but yet turns around and have the survivors who wishes to travel in the U.S. signed an affidavit which states all of the travel expenses are to be paid back within 90 days.

    What with that?

    Is the Government truly donating, or taking what it can from the people?

    I am perplex as to how is that money being used. Is this a government new idea in collecting taxes from the American people by making a claim of donation.

    January 22, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  23. bess

    it took an "analyst" to point out the obvious?


    American's want JOBS, JOBS, JOBS (the private-sector jobs, not the bloated smarmy tax-stealing poorly-run government kind) not the crappy, creepy version of healthcare out there now.

    January 22, 2010 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  24. RH

    The American political system tends toward deadlock. Welcome back to the status quo. The people squirm while Washington does nothing.

    January 22, 2010 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  25. OldUncleTom

    The Senate should rethink Bernanke's re-appointment. By the time he was the Fed Chair, virtually ALL of the causes of our present condition were too far advanced to reverse.

    You want to burn somebody, burn Greenspan, the guy who planted the toxic seeds of collapse. Bernanke is actually doing good things to unwind and untangle the mess, and showing a profit at the Fed on top of it.

    As for the rest, I think the President, and Congress, are going to get a chance to practice a little "bi-partisanship" this year... or the President will face a largely new Congress this time next year.

    You get big points for doing things right; you get little points for doing things not so right; you LOSE points for DOING NOTHING. Figure out how to get along, and get some stuff done, people!!

    January 22, 2010 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
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