January 23rd, 2010
09:39 AM ET
5 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. worldrun

    This guy is a joke, is he the new Sarah Palin. I thought the only thing we had to worry about from this guy was him being against health care.

    January 23, 2010 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  2. Seattle Sue

    I'm not happy with the way things are going this past year, then I think of the eight years before Obama and I am still sick about the way our government sank from one of the top countries to one of the bottom. I can't ever vote for a GOP member.

    January 23, 2010 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  3. Ms S Callahan

    Good article John King...you hit the nail on the head.

    Perhaps the elected officals would best serve their constituents if they did weekend sleepovers at strugglying famllies home twice or thrice a year. It's a reality jolt and may just change their view of what kind of change people were really hoping for.

    January 23, 2010 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Common Sense Guy

    The Hope and Change is turning into what were we thinking.

    January 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  5. Craig Church

    It is not surprizing to me to see that people are so impatient. We love instant gratification and are way too impatient to allow things to run their course. Most people who are either independant or liberal and still voted for Scott Brown are like little bratty kids throwing a temper tantrum when they find that they must wait a bit for change to take place.

    NeverMIND the fact that the repulicans have united into a brick wall to make passing anything nearly impossible. True, the Democrats are a coalition of a wide range of ideals, but the WORST of it is, they are also mostly spineless. THAT is the true problem. So in answer to not waiting for change, the bratty, tantrum throwing kids go out and vote for more of the same. I am truly disgusted.

    January 23, 2010 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  6. buckwheat

    Obama's problem is Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi and all the Liberals rooted in Congress that has used and abused the American people. \Flying airplanes around on our dollar and hauling all their friends at government expense has soured the people who are now finding themselves just barely living.These people will all go in the next election.We are tired of Pelosi telling us she is going to do something whether we like it or not.Shame on CNN for not digging up all the perks and favors these people in congress have given to off shore business that they have personal interest in. MY hat is off to Cafferty even though his censors will not accept my comments.He did bring up the excessive expenses Pelosi used in her trips to the Green Conference in Denmark. We should demand she pay the money back to the American taxpayer. Congratulations Mass for standing up for your rights.

    January 23, 2010 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  7. marty

    It's obvious that voters in Massachusetts have very short memories. We are just one year away from the previous horrendous eight years of an administration of greed, calumny and secrecy. This same party, now the minority, has specifically announced to the public that their priority is to bring down the Obama administration; to bring down the President by whatever means possible; with a total disregard for the urgent needs of Americans. Voting for Mr. Brown sends a message to me that Massachusetts wants to return to the policies and activities which nearly brought our country to a disastrous ruin.

    January 23, 2010 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  8. Kweso

    The American mentality of change is to have it 'NOW'. It is a behavioral deficit that has its roots in consumerism. It provides a false sense of entitlement and expectations. But real change takes time and that means patience. If we equate Mr. Brown's victory to the slow pace of change, then we can sadly say that America is wanting of leaders. As I see it, Mr. Brown and his Republicans cohorts are mere puliticians, not leaders. They have no vision for the country except to block the president's initiatives. But since Americans want sudden and spectacular change, obviously they will vote for the likes of Brown. However, Brown is not for change; he is a stumbling block.

    January 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  9. khermey

    Yeah. That's how I felt when McCain was running against Obama.

    January 23, 2010 10:08 am at 10:08 am |
  10. Jauntel

    I think American needs a refresher course on how government works. The President doesn't have as much power as you think. President Obama is doing the best he can with what he can. Tell the Republican's to stop putting up roadblocks and maybe some change will come. As a matter of fact some things have changed but give him a chance, it's only been one year, how much do you expect to change in that short time frame.

    January 23, 2010 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  11. liberal wingnut

    Obama is just hype. Its your fault if you fell for it.

    January 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  12. lkb

    The message went to the WH loud and clear. Have you heard mention of the health care bill or is it all behind closed doors? Unfortunately, he has turned his attention to Wall Street continuing his "finger pointing" placing the economic blame on them. While he convinces people to blame the banks, can you not see Obama's part in this and does he take no part blame as being part of Freddie Mac giving home loans to unqualified individuals? Is it any wonder with forcing banks to give unqualified buyers loans that the banking industry is in such fdire straights? I want this administration to stop blaming everyone they can and take respinsibility. Remeber, Bush has a democratic congress!!!!!

    January 23, 2010 10:13 am at 10:13 am |
  13. ran

    It the voters of Ma. were truely upset with how our elected officials are acting they would have voted for the Independent J. Kennedy. All the voters did was to tell the Republicans it is okay to fear/hate/obstruct until the Republicans get back into power.

    The Republicans are the reason deals had to be made with the likes of lieberman/nelson/blue dogs because as long as the Republicans use the filibuster nothing will get done.

    Unless the Democrats use the reconciliation process not much is going to happen because the republicans have no intention or incintives to help this President or Democrats to help us the people.

    January 23, 2010 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  14. David In West Virginia

    Yes, I believe the voters in Massachusetts, like many across the nation, are tired of the Democrats in Congress not providing the change they were elected to provide.

    It appears the blue-dogs are hesitant in fear of losing an election that they just barely won in the first place. Hopefully, voters will vote them out of office in November and send them a message. Straddle the fence and lose!!!!

    January 23, 2010 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  15. Scott, Tucson

    That's okay Candace, I been a life long Republican and have voted for Kerry when he ran against Bush, it doesn't feel good but in your heart you know it's right. As for obama, the only enthusiasm I would have for this community organizer is when the moving vans pulls up to the White House three years from now to pack his trash and haul it back to Chicago.

    January 23, 2010 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  16. jumbo duckbutter

    obama needs to distance himself from reid and the speaker ... americans hate those two.....

    January 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  17. kas

    I have always been an Independent. Mosre often than not voted for Dems. As a result of Obama, Pelosi,Redi,et al it is unlikley I will ever vote for another Democrat.

    January 23, 2010 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  18. GB

    Give the man some time, he's been in office only a year. What Mass did was a disgrace. If Ted Kennedy was fighting for forty six years, why they expect change in only one year.

    January 23, 2010 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  19. Mark S.

    Massachusetts residents have universal health care, and yet they decided that the rest of the country didn't deserve it. They are selfish, ignorant and gullible, believing the Republican noise machine's lies and distortions. Ted Kennedy must be turning in is grave. Brown said his victory will bring back discussion and bipartisanship. Lockstep opposition is not discussion. Lockstep opposition is not bipartisan. Brown is a liar, and the residents of MA are fools.

    January 23, 2010 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  20. We now have a President......

    with NO agenda left and only starting his second year.....

    How did he manage to do that while controlling the Senate and the Congress???? Not easy to do.

    January 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  21. Death Panel Sarah

    Thanks Massachusetts!!!!!

    You have the uninsured people's(who will die for lack of insurance) names on YOUR heads!!!

    Now that healthcare reform is dead, I guess all the reptili'con's will be dancing in the streets as everybody's premiums go through the roof!!!

    How can anyone be so stupid as to be against the reforms that would keep premiums in check????

    I guess they are brainwashed by talk radio and FAUX news.

    January 23, 2010 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  22. Chipster

    Democrats that I talk to are still satisfied with what the President is trying to do. We're are angry – no, not angry – LIVID with our Democratic Congress (House and Senate) for selfishly preventing progress for their own little kingdoms.

    We worked very hard and contributed as much money as we could to get a majority of progressives so that we could achieve the President's goals. We haven't been undermined by Republicans but by Democrats!

    How will the Democratic Party get Democrats to bother to go to the polls after this gross failure to do what we sent them there to do? They still, even now, are refusing to work together. It's incredibly disappointing. The President cannot give up but I cannot imagine how disappointed he must be.

    January 23, 2010 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  23. Ken

    While there are some loons who believe Obama “has not done enough”, most of us recognize the problem is that he has done too much, and what he has done (funneled trillions of tax dollars to his campaign supporters) will take our children decades to dig out from underneath. George Bush was bad in that he let a Democrat Congress inflate the deficit and pass destructive policy. Obama is 10 times worse. And now I fear he is going to turn his hand of destruction to jobs. The only jobs the liberals know how to create are union and government jobs, and those jobs kill private jobs and punish those who pay taxes.

    January 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  24. Chris

    All I can say is people like Candace Brooks sure have a short term memory. Eight years of Republicn rule left this country in complete shambles. After inheriting the worst economic disaster since the Great Depression, as well as two wars on top of that, and she expects it all to be fixed in a single year. Who does she think Obama is – Santa Claus and Merlin rolled into one?

    As far as changing the tone in Washington – its kind of hard to do when one side does nothing but cross its arms, close its eyes and yells "NO!" over and over. Obama has made several attempts at bipartisanship with the GOP, and every time his offered hand has only gotten him a slap in the face in return. The Repbulicans have stated that their primary goal is to destroy Obama's presidency, and they don't care if they have to tear down the rest of the country with it! Now that they can fillibuster, all work in Washington will effectively grind to a halt. Yeah, helping elect someone who will mindlessly vote in lockstep against anything the Democrats propose while offering no solutions, only criticism and making the Right thinking they have some mandate from the masses to further their agenda of complete stagnation and regression will really change the tone in Washington!

    January 23, 2010 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  25. Bubble of Sanity

    Does EVERYONE in, like, Massachusetts, like, talk like Caroline Kennedy?

    January 23, 2010 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
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