Republican Brown wins Ted Kennedy's Senate seat

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010 9:22 PM
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BOSTON — In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election today that left President Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office.

State Sen. Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent in today's special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.  CHARLES KRUPA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
CHARLES KRUPA/ASSOCIATED PRESS
State Sen. Scott Brown defeated Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, a Democrat, and Joseph L. Kennedy, a Libertarian running as an independent in today's special election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy.

The loss by the once-favored Coakley for the seat that the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy held for nearly half a century signaled big political problems for the president's party this fall, when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

More immediately, Brown will become the 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate, which could allow the GOP to block the president's health care legislation and the rest of Obama's agenda. Democrats needed Coakley to win to have a 60th vote to thwart Republican filibusters.

Democratic fingerpointing began more than a week ago as polls started showing a tight race, with the White House accusing Coakley of a poor campaign and the Coakley camp laying t some of the blame on the administration. Obama flew to Boston for last-ditch personal campaigning on Sunday.

With 87 percent of precincts counted, Brown led Coakley, 52 percent to 47 percent.

The election transformed reliably Democratic Massachusetts into a battleground state. One day shy of the first anniversary of Obama's swearing-in, it played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, industry bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling over health care.

For weeks considered a long shot, Brown seized on such discontent to overtake Coakley in the final stretch of the campaign. Surveys showed his candidacy energized Republicans, including backers of the grass-roots "tea party" movement, while attracting disappointed Democrats and independents uneasy with where they felt the nation was heading.

Turnout was relatively heavy for a special election despite a mix of snow and rain showers across the state virtually all day.

Though he wasn't on the ballot, the president was on many voters' minds.

"I voted for Obama because I wanted change. ... I thought he'd bring it to us, but I just don't like the direction that he's heading," said John Triolo, 38, a registered independent who voted in Fitchburg.

He said his frustrations, including what he considered the too-quick pace of health care legislation, led him to vote for Brown.

But Robert Hickman, 55, of New Bedford, said he backed Coakley "to stay on the same page with the president."

Even before the first results were announced, administration officials were privately accusing Coakley of a poorly run campaign and playing down the notion that Obama or a toxic political landscape had much to do with the outcome.

Coakley's supporters, in turn, blamed that very environment, saying her lead dropped significantly after the Senate passed health care reform shortly before Christmas and after the Christmas Day attempted airliner bombing that Obama himself said showed a failure of his administration.

While votes were still being cast, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president "was both surprised and frustrated ... not pleased" at how competitive the race had become in the final weeks.

Wall Street watched the election closely. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 116 points, and analysts attributed the increase to hopes the election would make it harder for Obama to make his changes to health care. That eased investor concerns that profits at companies such as insurers and drug makers would suffer.

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fiscallyresponsible
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fiscallyresponsible 01/19/10 - 11:12 pm
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Theres a "change" in the air.

Theres a "change" in the air. Thank you Massachussets for sending a message to those in Washington. I am hopeful for this country. I hope Brown doesn't go in there and join the rank & file.

AnotherPerspective
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AnotherPerspective 01/19/10 - 11:14 pm
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First, it was Obama. Then,

First, it was Obama. Then, came Aitken. Now, it's Brown.

Edward1968
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Edward1968 01/19/10 - 11:14 pm
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yes!!!!!!!!

yes!!!!!!!!

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/19/10 - 11:14 pm
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This should be a wake up call

This should be a wake up call to all politicans from both parties. We are sick and tired of being lied to, politicians trying to create bigger government, no transperancy, lies, signing bills they don't even read or understand, etc. The arrogance of Reid, Pelosi and Obama trying to RAM change down our throats with our money should be a lesson to all politicians when a Republican can beat a Democrat in MA which is 3/4 Democratically registered. Maybe our leaders in Washington will wake up and listen to Thomas Jefferson..."You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation. You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Edward1968
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Edward1968 01/19/10 - 11:16 pm
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I agree Irish. Can't

I agree Irish. Can't wait!!!!!!

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Chillen 01/19/10 - 11:17 pm
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It's happening folks. We

It's happening folks. We knew it was coming. Who'da thought it would start in Massachussets!? Awesome!

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:17 pm
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"If the house passes the

"If the house passes the Senate version of the Healthcare bill, it can proceed straight to the president's desk for signing.House speaker Nancy Pelosi said," Regardless of what happens in Mass., we will have affordable healthcare for all Americans".Healthcare Reform Now!!!!!"Posted by RCR at 9:19 pm

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veritas14 01/19/10 - 11:19 pm
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tiredofit hits the nail on

tiredofit hits the nail on the head. The two political parties want to see division and partisanship, it feeds into their agenda. Republicans rob the U.S. Treasury to help business and the democrats rob it to buy entitlement votes. Either way, the man in the street is expected to refuel the treasury after the political pork is barbequed. Who speaks for the average joe blow. Nobody as far as I can see. The political system is terrified of voters who look at records and issues instead of party line claptrap. It pains me to say it but perhaps Lou Dobbs was right, independents day. Both parties have been dismal failures.

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lildevil 01/19/10 - 11:22 pm
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I have to say THANK YOU to

I have to say THANK YOU to Massachussets!!!!! Now mabye the screwing won't be so bad. and thankfullly Betanlnyoe...I didn't make no promises!!

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sunflower61 01/19/10 - 11:26 pm
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Well said Asitisinaug! I

Well said Asitisinaug! I agree 100% with what you said. Hard working ppl are tired of working their entire life for what they have and those who live off the government keep getting all the breaks. No one ever game me anything, I was raised better than to think I was owed anything. I proudly work for what I have but it does leave a bad taste in my mouth to know that so many ppl continue to live generation after generation on the government and its all paid for ppl who go to work everyday and try to make something of their lives.

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KSL 01/19/10 - 11:30 pm
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What is amazing to me is that

What is amazing to me is that the glee over this win is so much more exuberant than when Obama won the presidency. I think it speaks volumes about the dissatisfaction with the bill of Obama goods this country got sold in 2008. He called for change in areas where he didn't do any significant changing. The American public, for the most part, is just not that dumb. And certainly when a non dumb state speaks, it's very significant.

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:31 pm
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Change at last!

Change at last!

lildevil
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lildevil 01/19/10 - 11:33 pm
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I Know I'm tired of getting

I Know I'm tired of getting screwed by the goverment, insurance companys,Banks, High price know it alls, etc Everybody looking for a free dollar, and give you crap in the end. Play the blame game and Not even come close to Reality.,and then take my hard earned Money. Lesson is better stand up for your self, nobody else is going to do it. Don't matter what "Political party you Are".

KSL
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KSL 01/19/10 - 11:36 pm
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Don't side with the Dems.

Don't side with the Dems. They want you dependent so they can dominate you.

lildevil
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lildevil 01/19/10 - 11:38 pm
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That I will Never Do!!

That I will Never Do!!

Irish
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Irish 01/19/10 - 11:45 pm
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This my friends is the second

This my friends is the second Boston Tea Party !

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:47 pm
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Maybe I shouldn't mention

Maybe I shouldn't mention this but my mothers side of the family hails from Boston.....

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:47 pm
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Wonder who is left and how

Wonder who is left and how they voted.

fishman960
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fishman960 01/19/10 - 11:51 pm
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Irish, I reposted RCR's

Irish, I reposted RCR's insane post up the thread a ways. Did you get to laugh at it?

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thewiz0oz 01/19/10 - 11:59 pm
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Abe Lincoln said it best:

Abe Lincoln said it best: "You can fool all of the people some of the time, and some of the people all of the time --- but you can never fool all of the people all of the time." We have witnessed the American system at its best.

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 12:01 am
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No missed it....Fishman

No missed it....Fishman

fishman960
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fishman960 01/20/10 - 12:03 am
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It was a quote from Pelosi.

It was a quote from Pelosi. Unmitigated gall.

WW1949
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WW1949 01/20/10 - 12:12 am
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Was the Democraps defeat loud

Was the Democraps defeat loud enough for Washington. It needs to happen over and over again and put new people in all the seats. Do not vote for incumbents.

Rozzie2003
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Rozzie2003 01/20/10 - 12:34 am
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The average Joe blow loses

The average Joe blow loses because Republicans are obstructionists. I know because I have been one most of my life.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/20/10 - 12:36 am
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What about Barney Frank's
Unpublished

What about Barney Frank's comments on changing Senate rules?
What a piece of work, Barney must be contemplating a Kobayashi Maru scenario.

Pu239
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Pu239 01/20/10 - 12:37 am
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Rozzie? ru an obstructionist?
Unpublished

Rozzie? ru an obstructionist?

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 12:41 am
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Rozzie, take a picture of

Rozzie, take a picture of yourself and send it to the DNC for their next poster campaign. You are a shining example of why Obama is allowed to sleep at 1600 instead of just serving coffee as Bill Clinton said.

MarshCroaked
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MarshCroaked 01/20/10 - 01:24 am
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helpicantfindthespacebar 01/20/10 - 02:07 am
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fishman is right about

fishman is right about Pelosi's gall. She's a vile little troll for sure.

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Asitisinaug 01/20/10 - 02:42 am
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Pelosi is FAR WORSE for our

Pelosi is FAR WORSE for our Country than Obama. If he is smart (which he has already proven that) this will give him what he needs to distance himslef from the liberals in the party such as Frank, Reid and Pelosi who are way out there and very much out of touch with America and reality. He could try to implement some of his campaign promises such as transparency, open meetings, working with all of our elected officials towards what is best for America, etc. I am not an Obama supporter but he is our President and if he does this, it will certainly go a long way to gaining mine and many others respect and actually help our country. The Republicans believe in health care reform as well and have offered many suggestions, etc. which many conservative democrats believe in as well - why not start over and work together as a team to make things better without ANY sweetheart deals on either side of the isle with C-Span watching the entire time. Obama said he was going to bring real change to Washington and he can use this as an opportunity to start or squander it away and be like the rest of them.

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