January 23rd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
4 years ago

Massachusetts Message: Not satisfied with promised 'change'

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - Candace Brooks is a Democrat who voted for the losing candidate Tuesday. Yet she, too, is part of the Massachusetts Message.

"I literally stood over the ballot, and I was, like, almost Scott Brown," Brooks said over breakfast the morning after Republican Brown's stunning upset in the Massachusetts Senate race. "I was almost there."

Almost there - almost casting a Republican vote - a little more than a year after her enthusiasm for Barack Obama convinced her to switch from "unenrolled," or independent, to a registered Democrat.

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Filed under: Martha Coakley • Massachusetts • Scott Brown • Senate • State of the Union
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. El Kababa

    Many voters have it in their minds, somehow, that if you are unhappy with a Democrat, then you should elect a Republican (meaning a Conservative). This is not a good idea. Our choices are between worse and worser. This Republican Senator will do nothing but help the GOP gum up the works. The goal of Conservatism is to prevent change. The group of people who have been made fabulously wealthy by the current system do not want anything to change. Life, for them, cannot be improved.

    Those who want America to be a better nation are foolish to vote for Conservatives. Conservatives want America to stay exactly as it is. Think about it. What improvements in your life were created by Conservatives during the Reagan, Bush, and Bush years? Answer: nothing.

    January 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  2. britello-fl

    Yeah! Now lets elect the same people that got us into this mess, way to go Mass. Now we can really expect nothing done for this country, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.

    January 23, 2010 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  3. joe m

    amazing development considering the high hihgs of last year. democrats and the president are probably coming to realize that a promise is only helpful if you actually deliver on it. they can take a page from the last successful democrat to hold the big chair in the white house, bill clinton. but maybe this should have been something they needed to have understood from the very start since most polls even a year ago told the story that americans who identify themselves as liberals are only 20% of the population. whith more people either identifying themselves as moderate or conservative, they needed to have kept to the center rather than trying to satisfy the left. if the president and his party want to remain in power, they will start to listen and move to the center, or they will learn that nov 2010 and 2012 are really not that far away.

    January 23, 2010 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Liberal

    I am in the same way, in 08 I started serious involvement with Democratic elections for the first time. little more than a year later, I will be voting Republican for the first time ever in hopes we can get fresh blood and actual leadership from somewhere; rhetoric is cheap and easy.

    January 23, 2010 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  5. dan smith

    Change is coming

    January 23, 2010 10:54 am at 10:54 am |
  6. Happily Independent

    Obama made a mistake by focusing on health care first. Regulating the banks and focusing on job creation should have been his first year focus. The stimulus package was supposed to be about building new roads, bridges, modernizing the electric grid, improving and expanding high-speed rail, and helping to build a green economy. Obama let Pelosi and Reid write the stimulus package and every wish list item for Dems became the stimulus. A great deal of the money has not been spend. Obama needs to find a way to get the money out for projects much quicker. Also, he needs to redo the stimulus package to focus on jobs not aid to states, not unemployment insurance but projects that actually create jobs. Also, putting in regulations to force banks to focus on lending money to may profits instead of using the government guarantee money from the FDIC to make risky investments in the stock market. If banks want to invest then separate the lending business from the investment business. Forcing banks to start lending again responsibly will halp the entire economy.

    January 23, 2010 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  7. all the news that's fit to omit

    John I thought you were one of the smart ones, it is the massive change that the liar is trying to dump on us that we are angry about.

    He ran as a centrist democrat which I have a few quibbles with, but it beats the hell out of the leftist lunatic he is "governing" as.

    We warned you sheep that what he was telling you did not jive with his statements the previous FEW years he had held office and even when it was on tape, you sheep still didn't get it or claimed we were bigots for exposing the gutless fraud.

    My fellow indies in Mass exposed the anger and DISGUST that the rest of the Country is feeling towards the worst administration EVAH (being from Mass, we talk like that).

    He can read his binkyprompter and pivot his lies, we "aint" listening anymore Mr. One and done.

    January 23, 2010 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  8. stevegee

    When people voted for "change" with Obama, they wanted Washington to change its ways and actually solve problems.

    A change to Socialism was not what they supported. Big government, high taxes, obscene deficits - everything that Obama and the Demcrats have tried to shove down our throats is not what the people want.

    We want America to embrace individual opportunity, to encourage free enterprise, to promote the blessings of liberty. We want the United States of America as our founders intended.

    And that's why November 2010 will be a landslide victory for the conservative movement.

    January 23, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  9. Dollar Bill

    What's amazing to me is, it took 8 years for the Repub to put America in this mess and the masses went along. Now Americans are pissed that Pres Obama can't pull us out of this hole in a year. This is why the world considers Americans as fickled

    January 23, 2010 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Thank you Massachusetts

    It seems as though the "change" people were hoping for was not the same "change" Obama had in mind. They were warned. He wants to change the things we don't want changed and leave the things we want changed in place. Now that you know who he is and what he up to will you continue to support him?

    January 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  11. Jim In Miami

    The people in Massachusetts already have 'universal health care' (and Brown voted for it when he was a legislator id Mass) – now they've denied it to the rest of americans who do not have it...

    January 23, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  12. Thank you Massachusetts

    Correction: It seems as though the "change" people were hoping for was not the same "change" Obama had in mind. He wants to change the things we don't want changed and leave the things we want changed in place. Now that you know who he is and what he's up to will you continue to support him?

    January 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  13. DaveF

    How stupid are they in MA? If they are angry maybe they should look at the GOP Senators. Thay have promised that they will destroy our President. They have proceeded to do just that with over 100 fillabusters and saying NO to everything that the Administration tried to do. Like sheep they followed their leader (to the slaughter.) The GOP does not want to accept the fact that they are the Minority Party and now the Senate will in effect be "shut down." None of their idology will get passed. They signed my "death " as the Drug Companies can now run rampant with the drug increases which they have already put into effect. My wife and I both lost our jobs and our only income is Social Security. Medicare D was a gift to the Druug Companies and I can't afford the copays (which have gone up every year.) I cut my medications in half so that my wife who is quite sick will get hers. Bush and his cabal put us into this mess and we will not get out of it now. THANK YOU MASSACHUSETTS. YOU WILL SURELY REGRET YOUR VOTE FOR ANOTHER WING-NUT.

    January 23, 2010 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  14. Dee, 1 Vote

    The Mass Voter was a Kennedy vote! Ted was the "Pope" of Mass DNC, and the last thing he did was "To Blessing his Angle"! Today Men and Women are not Kennedy babies. Ted, you was sick and close to death, "You Son's or Daugher would have be a "Kennedy" and Mass Voter's would be there!!

    January 23, 2010 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  15. Sam Sixpack

    You pick a couple of people who say what you want to say and then pretend everyone is the same as those couple of people. If you were up for election were today, you would loose too - you're still trying to twist reality to fit your preconceived ideas.

    The article makes it sound like the rabbid Democrats should have rammed through their crook's agenda a little faster.

    You just don't get it.

    January 23, 2010 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. LINDA

    I find it fasinating that after only one year some people expect the President to do the impossible. Change takes time. The man is not God.

    January 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  17. gary davis harbor oregon

    the democrats didn't get off there butts and vote for COAKLEY but it doesn't matter . the republicans are still eating there own and going back to the purist party core to remake themselves . it will take awhile to get back on there feet . in the mean time america has a chance to support the president and get our repersentatives to put a public option back on the table . the president was right in his public forum yesterday . we need to unite against the CEO'S of america and get reform back and make the corporations stop raping america.

    January 23, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  18. cmoore

    Most Democrat voters are moderate and are now realizing how far left Obama has taken them. He is far more radical than he presented himself during the election. Many people in both parties were so tired of Bush, that they were willing to believe his campaign lies. I hope they take their party back and throw out the progressive radicals. It seems that many of them are now ready to do just that!

    January 23, 2010 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. GOP is back!

    The only "change" we need now is to change back to the former 8 years. It has started already. Massachusetts has become a red state, to top it off, the supreme court has favored the GOP supported corporations by striking down a century old law limiting corporation from stealing elections from the small man. The voices of the little man is now at the mercy of corporate greed. That is why we vote Republican. That is the America we miss and want, and that is why we will not give Obama's healthcare agenda initiatives a chance. we want the former bush/chenney 8 years back, and we want it back now!

    January 23, 2010 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. ranjan

    I think the Massachussetts result is a reaction to possible change by a large of people in this country (mainly the established whites) who are scared of non-whites.

    January 23, 2010 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  21. joseph L

    What these people in Mass fail to understand that is, change does not come in one year. they also dont understand that its a Republican scare tactic that has worked. Can I be blunt, none of the old guard republicans want change as long as it puts money in their coffers. Prehaps everyone that recorded it, Obama's victory speech, he clearly acknowledged that change would take time adn that we all would have to work together. republicans have been against the change since day one, there is no stoping them now unless you recall the election. It will show in due time that Brown will not speak for those who elected him. Further after that comment with his daughters I would never trust him. As for all of the Democrats in Mass who voted for him, shame on you change is not something that comes microwaved as you think, its a process and in Washington that is a true thing, Look at the Reagan, Bush and Clinton years and you will see it took 8 years for change at that time to come. people get a grip here.

    January 23, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
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