January 19th, 2010
08:58 PM ET
11 years ago

Castellanos: Brown win could be a good day for Obama

Washington (CNN) - Republican strategist Alex Castellanos suggested Tuesday that if Martha Coakley loses Tuesday, it might actually help Democrats in the midterm elections.

"This may be a good day for Barack Obama in the sense that instead of waiting for November of this coming year to really lose his Democratic majority in the House, he may in effect lose it now," Castellanos said.

"Democrats may start moving away from him and he may have to govern in a more bipartisan way, moving away from the left more towards the center and some conservative ideals. It may center this administration."

Filed under: Massachusetts
soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. Joe McGrath

    Is this guy kidding? How is one seat going to stop single party, closed door meetings and get talks into the public domain? This seat will do nothing for all the broken campaign promises about transparency. if you don't believe me, do some real research, folks.

    January 19, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. mikl

    Yes, it's going to be good for Obama also, when he is out of W.H. in 2012.

    January 19, 2010 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  3. Jillian

    I believe this election is more about the way the Dems have handled the healthcare agenda and I hope that it brings more people to the table to discuss ways to get a great bill together in a moderate, fair and open way. This is not to say that the GOP has behaved well at all, but when power is as unbalanced as has been the case, fear takes hold. Majority or no, it's still up to WE THE PEOPLE to let our leaders know what we want and HOW we want them to BEHAVE themselves, while getting it.

    January 19, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  4. Too arrogant

    Obama is WAY to arrogant to move to the center. He thinks the world will bow to his will.

    Obama will NEVER turn from his liberal agenda. He ran and got elected knowing he wanted to make the country a socialized country.

    He will buy and pay people off to force his will on the US voters.

    January 19, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  5. Right Leaning Independent

    Obama is too arrogant to change course. He believes he is god like...

    January 19, 2010 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  6. george synan

    I hate them all.

    January 19, 2010 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. enkaynj

    Hello! Where have you been ? Obama tried bi-partisanship for 12 long months and look where it got him. He should stick to his guns and use reconciliation procedures for all new initiatives. Screw the Republicans and the teabaggers.

    January 19, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  8. Dodd Democrat...

    If the White House continues to push this bill......then they will see that Massachusetts was only the beginning.

    Democrats, Independents and Republicans DO NOT WANT this Health Care Bill.

    This Bill is going to place a burden on the POOR and MIDDLE CLASS while giving our hard earned money away to the Insurance Companies, Pharmaceutical Companies, politicians and special interest groups.

    So I hope our fellow Democrats in Washington stop and listen to the overwhelming loud voices coming from Massachusetts. It is a rude awakening of what is to come if they continue to ignore the American public.

    January 19, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. Manuel TX


    This former centrist Democrat is still wondering how the extreme left in the Democratic party gained control.


    January 19, 2010 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  10. Dem TIl death

    Hopefully it will unite the ever fractured Democratic party aginst the evil Corporatist Republican party. A pox on them.

    January 19, 2010 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  11. Just Me

    Well Castellanos does have a point and frankly, I would prefer if they would govern more from the middle. I'm just really p.o.'ed that they have screwed up with passing healthcare reform. We seriously need that. I just hope maybe now they can work a little bit more with Republicans and still get this thing passed. It has to pass. The healthcare in this country (especially if you don't get it through an employer, which I'm not right now since I'm unemployed) just really sucks. Honestly when I had a job, I never thought there was a problem with healthcare, but I see now that there is and it needs to be fixed!!!

    January 19, 2010 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  12. Lee in TN

    Castellanos never wants to come clean with the fact that President Obama has attempted to work with the other party many more times than President Bush did. The problem is, the republican party set out to stop all progress and try to make his administration fail, no matter how much collateral damage is done to the American public.

    January 19, 2010 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. myhaven in Ohio

    Obama already is governing to the right of center. If he slides more to the right-wing he will have to repudiate his progressive and left leaning independents who voted for him. His problem is he continues to search for consensus, and invite sensible compromise with the Republican minority, who will brook no compromise. They yearn for his complete and utter destruction and are focused on the next presidential election.

    January 19, 2010 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. Capt. Snarky

    " It may center this administration."

    ....which is something it could really use.........

    January 19, 2010 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  15. DAVID

    i personally don't believe that Obama will change anything..... he is too ideologically committed to driving this country into the ground..... Chicago politics will not go away quietly....

    January 19, 2010 10:59 pm at 10:59 pm |
  16. Kirk

    Right, Castellanos – Democrats lost because they were too far left? What planet are you one – oh, yeah, probably planet Teabag. The Democrats losa in MA and negative poll numbers for Obama and Congress is because they've taken TOO LONG on a healthcare reform bill that no-one thinks will do ENOUGH to stop insurance company abuses.

    The Democrats abandoned their mantle of the "People's Party" and played for Wall Street, Insurance Companies and the status-quo. People want real solutions to the economic crisis, our two wars, and social problems that have been neglected for years. Obama hasn't moved fast or hard enough (and in some cases, at all) on his agenda that he got elected to do – that is the problem.

    January 19, 2010 11:15 pm at 11:15 pm |
  17. Karen

    OH please. Republicans have NO interest...ZERO in EVER working in a bipartisan manner. I personally hope democrats "republican" up and start just plain towing every line in the most progressive manner possible because quite frankly it won't make a bit of difference and more will get done.

    January 19, 2010 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  18. josiah

    way to go Obama – real great – someone or many should be fired for their lack of creativity and foresight in predicting this – if this is how Boma runs his ship then they deserve to lose the majority – I'm a Democrat and I'm sick of the LAME, weak, and pathetic way Democrats are conducting themselves and the people's business – way too busy playing crap politics and blustering form an incoherent mob of idiots – do you realize what your slack attitudes and vision have just allowed to happen – really OBAMA – where is the CHANGE – you ain't done nothin!

    January 19, 2010 11:24 pm at 11:24 pm |
  19. Nick Siebers

    Obama has already been trying govern largely in the center. Republicans have just been pulling right and screaming that he is on the far left. And America has been listening. To nonsense, largely. Would Republicans in control have run up massive deficits in response to the financial crises? Undoubtedly, perhaps more as tax cuts than government spending, but the TARP giveaway/ bank bailouts had already started under Bush, and there is NO WAY Republicans would have let one of the American car companies go under if they were in control. By refusing to work together with Democrats to improve health care and just setting up their objective to "Defeat Obama", Republicans have influenced the creation of a "centerist" health care reform bill that doesn't really make anyone happy and could make things worse. And that WOULD make the, happy... which is messed up.

    January 19, 2010 11:44 pm at 11:44 pm |
  20. Ronnie Spikes

    You have got to be kidding. You are an idiot!

    January 20, 2010 12:12 am at 12:12 am |
  21. Brandonious

    Nice thought, however Obama has been trying to work with the republicans since he took office and they spit in his face. They want to break him and see him fail, even if it takes the rest of us down with it. There is no reason to expect them to all of a sudden want to work with him now. They care only about their own power, not about helping the middle class. People must have really short memories these days.

    January 20, 2010 01:03 am at 1:03 am |
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