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Republican Scott Brown Wins Kennedy Senate Seat in Massachusetts

Republican state senator Scott Brown has won the special election for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat in Massachusetts, beating Attorney General Martha Coakley and delivering a stinging blow to the Democratic majority and to President Barack Obama's agenda.

BrownThe Boston Globe reports: "The victory caps a dramatic surge in recent days as Brown, a state lawmaker from Wrentham once thought to have little chance of beating a popular attorney general, roared ahead of Coakley to become the first Republican senator elected from Massachusetts since 1972. With 93 percent of precincts reporting, Brown had 52 percent and Coakley had 47 percent. In a race that became the center of national attention, Brown's win is widely seen as a vote against the president's agenda from one of the most reliably Democratic states. And in a particularly ironic twist, Brown, in succeeding Edward M. Kennedy -- the late liberal lion who deemed health care "the cause of my life" -- may well be the 41st vote to prevent the Democratic-led plan from moving forward."

Coakley has called Brown to concede. The Democratic majority in the Senate falls to 59.

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  1. Way to go Scott!!!! Congratulations!! Thank you for being the 41st vote against Obama's policies!!!!

    Posted by: GaysForScott | Jan 19, 2010 9:31:49 PM

  2. Here's the question -- will the Dems learn from this defeat or try to ignore the very clear message? (TED KENNEDY'S SEAT!!!!! WTF???)

    Posted by: Dan | Jan 19, 2010 9:33:26 PM

  3. The following year of cable news will be insufferable. I suggest:

    1) Turn off television
    2) Read a book.
    3) When done, read another book.
    4) Repeat.

    Oh well...

    Posted by: Rad | Jan 19, 2010 9:37:33 PM

  4. First, the Americans who think the Health Care bill is too expensive are retarded (it would have actually saved money).
    Second, said health care bill is now dead. Third, I don't consider Lieberman a Democrat, so the number is actually 58.
    Fourth and last, if I weren't covered by the VA's health insurance, I would be looking into Wisconsin real estate right now.

    I'm disgusted and disillusioned that a bunch of hysterical narcissists could actually be preferrable to Massachusetts residents.

    Posted by: Rodney | Jan 19, 2010 9:42:29 PM

  5. the die is cast. no matter whether the dems listen or not. the country is pissed. and they will pay this fall. it sucks.

    Posted by: titus | Jan 19, 2010 9:43:29 PM

  6. The democrats have no one to blame but themselves. This is their failure. What a loser party.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 19, 2010 9:43:54 PM

  7. Congrats Scott - I voted for you not only because of the misguided, pork-filled healthcare plan as it stands now, but also because of our "deer-in-the-headlights" governor Deval Patrick and his administration's unpopular policies (i.e. a 25% hike in the state's sales tax in the midst of a recession). I hope that we can come to a fiscally responsible solution to our nation's healthcare crisis, and that you are an integral part of it.

    Posted by: beb | Jan 19, 2010 9:45:00 PM

  8. MA voters didn't like the direction O Administration is taking, Congress screwing the pooch w/ health care reform, and a Dem. canidate with no there there. My question: What's next?

    Posted by: Marcito | Jan 19, 2010 9:51:08 PM

  9. Why is it that the Democrats were unable to do pretty much anything despite a large majority in the House and a filibuster-proof Senate?

    Bush was able to get so much of his shit through without the same numbers in Congress. Why can't Obama?

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 19, 2010 9:53:50 PM

  10. Teabaggers march to victory! Please continue with the insults, see how well they work!

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Jan 19, 2010 9:54:03 PM

  11. I blame the Massachusetts Democratic Party for pushing a woman who SO CLEARLY didn't care what the people of that state think. Was there no one better to support?

    Posted by: Rodney | Jan 19, 2010 9:54:12 PM

  12. @DAN

    I got mixed feelings about what just happened. I don't think Democrats get it, there are even talks about moving more to the center, can you believe it? Their problem is that they haven't been aggressive nor passionate enough, and that nobody respects them. Not even liberal progressives, like most of us. We should learn from the Republicans and purify our party, why are our principles always the ones diluted and compromised.

    Posted by: Rafael | Jan 19, 2010 9:55:27 PM

  13. Don't be a poor sport, there Jason. Obviously your "tea bagger' insults haven't gotten your party very far either. Practice what you preach, buddy! The Democrats are not true friends of Gays.

    Posted by: GaysForScott | Jan 19, 2010 9:56:40 PM

  14. Sigh. How frustrating. So much irrational, unprocessed fear out there. Now we will have to work harder than ever to make Obama's agenda happen.

    Posted by: David Groff | Jan 19, 2010 9:58:07 PM

  15. Yay. More people are going to be left without any sort of social safety net whatsoever, and more will die. thank you, tea baggers! Since nobody really cares if people other than themselves don't have health insurance, we'll all be saving a lot of money. So what if people end up dying? Happens. Death due to an inability to afford medical costs is far better than MARXISM (screech). Since no one in this country seems to care about the wellbeing of their fellow citizens (since this would be socialism. . .eep), all I can say is, if this is what you want. . .go ahead. Have it on your consience. All the poor are lazy, right, and don't really deserve any help whatsoever. Oh, by the way, health insurance stocks rose markedly last week. . .please don't tell me there's no connection. But no no, go Scott, voice of the people. . . the vindictive, hateful, bigoted people. . .they may lack compassion, but they sure know how to work a voting machine. USA. USA.

    Posted by: dramaticartchild | Jan 19, 2010 10:04:26 PM

  16. So, maybe I'm off base with this, however, how long before Maggie Gallagher and her folks stronghold Brown into repealing same-sex marriage in MA... The way things are going, I fear this will probably happen - and pass. IMHO

    Posted by: Steve | Jan 19, 2010 10:05:34 PM

  17. @ Steve: Thankfully, Scott Brown has no power to change state law (other than clout). Only federal. Nice for the rest of us, huh?

    Posted by: Rodney | Jan 19, 2010 10:09:02 PM

  18. The simple reason that democrats accomplished nothing when they had a fillibuster proof majority is that democrats don't agree on most things. There are so many more DINOS than RINOS, it makes it almost impossible to do anything. Then there are those like obama who are basically pushovers. Harry Reid is a coward and a racist (need I remind you that trent lott didn't use the word "negro" when he was excused from his leadership position). Would it have mattered if coakley (an extremely unpopular "insider") won? I don't think so. This healthcare reform bill needed to die--even in the words of howard dean (who should have been president). Kill this's harmful. Fuck obama and his anything that says reform and healthcare attitude. And fuck him in 2012, too, if he's not willing to stop appeasing republicans and trying to seem moderate while killing the democratic party. This is just the beginning; the democrats are going to take a bath...and we're going to be left with the toothless screaming rednecks and their greasy haired sleazeball reps.

    Posted by: TANK | Jan 19, 2010 10:10:05 PM

  19. @GaysForScott

    You misunderstand. I am a proud teabagger.

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Jan 19, 2010 10:11:51 PM

  20. This is what the Dems get for ignoring their base and breaking campaign promises to the party faithful: They don't donate money and they don't get out the vote.

    Posted by: Henry Falstaff | Jan 19, 2010 10:14:04 PM

  21. As Jon Stewart keeps saying, why can't the Dems get anything done with 59 Senators when under W the GOP got plenty done with, what, 51? This super majority talk is crap.

    The Dem leaders suck. They need to tell their Congressional members that they can vote one way or not get reelected. Let the GOP filibuster all they want. Hopefully some will permanently destroy their vocal cords. They tried it in 1964 with the Civil Rights Act, but it passed. Dems are wimps. They need to use procedures and strongarming like the GOP, but they won't. Ugh.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 19, 2010 10:17:00 PM

  22. Another election the Democrats should have won and didn't. What is this saying about the way people feel about the Democratic leadership at this moment?

    People will vote for various reasons; I suspect that many voted against Obama and the current Democratic party as those actually voting for Senator Brown.

    Posted by: DR | Jan 19, 2010 10:18:22 PM

  23. Isn't there any way to block these Teabaggers from commenting here?

    Posted by: Rodney | Jan 19, 2010 10:19:32 PM

  24. I am forced to agree with Tank.

    The Democrats have so mangled the health care legislation that it resembles some sort of twisted HMO created creature that even Howard Dean - the former chairman of their own party and a physician - says should be put to death immediately. People loss faith in this process a long time ago. And Obama's arrogant attitude has not helped. He basically said he would sign anything, anything that has the words "health care" in the title. That's not what we voted for in November 2008, sir. And if you don't learn this lesson now, you are going to get another one at the end of the year.

    Reform done in smoky back-rooms with insurance executives, pharmaceutical companies, and the AMA in the driver's seat isn't reform at all. These are the people who have been screwing over Americans for decades. For heaven's sake, stop making secretive deals with them and their representatives Mr. President. It either makes you look corrupt or incompetent - perhaps both.

    Posted by: John | Jan 19, 2010 10:22:03 PM

  25. @GaysForScott: with all due respect, that's crazy. Every single major advance for gay people has come thanks to democratic efforts, and overcoming the opposition of republicans.

    You can support Scott Brown all you want (particularly since you don't have to deal with the fall-out of his opposition to health care while enjoying the fruits of broad-based coverage in MA), but it doesn't say much for your ability to parse information to make that claim.

    Posted by: Julien | Jan 19, 2010 10:23:18 PM

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