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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Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 06:01 pm
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We now know that the

We now know that the conservative agenda and the right fiscally responsible candidate can and will when any where. Time for our guys to quit trying to get along with Democrats and get along with the base. John McCain was the darling of the left, exactly what they said the republican party should be. Until he ran against them. So back to basics and the conservative roots which were successful in the past. This is not a liberal, socialist, welfare mentality country. Back to the greatness this country once was and a leader who is respected not scoffed at by the rest of the world.

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 06:09 pm
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Any one notice the number of

Any one notice the number of Kool Aid drinkers jumping ship and claiming they never really bought into the "O" agenda. Amazing, simply Amazing.....Wonder if Hillary is gearing up for another shot at 2012 ?

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crackertroy 01/20/10 - 06:14 pm
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After losing the commission
Unpublished

After losing the commission seat here in Augusta to Matt Aitken, Bill Fennoy's response was, "We just couldn't get the black vote out." The black vote was a large part of Obama's victory as well as the fact that he was not John McCain. Coakley couldn't inspire what meager black vote there is in Massachusetts. Obama's losing the real voters who vote on issues, not on race and what's "cool." Once the pomp and excitement are gone, the young and the black are gone too. Where's Obamagirl now? Where's the cool hipness fueling the Dems? The bottom line is that when the real issues are on the table the Dems can't hold ground.

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Rolling Eyes 01/20/10 - 06:38 pm
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Congratulations senator elect

Congratulations senator elect Scott Brown. Well done! Now, get sworn in, you have a lot of work to do!!

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 07:21 pm
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O said Scot Brown was elected

O said Scot Brown was elected because the voters in Mass were angry at the previous 8 yrs .....what drugs are in this guys medicine chest ? I guess without the teleprompter intelligent response is out the window.....Maybe he won't wait. He's quit everything else he's done early maybe we'll get lucky and he will resign....

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Roeschen 01/20/10 - 07:37 pm
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Hopefully, all congressmen

Hopefully, all congressmen will wake up and take a note from this election - the American people are tired of what is going on in Washington. People want a change. Conservatives need to get back to what got them elected in the first place, away from the tax and spend mentality. We want a leader who has a backbone, one who is strong and will stand up for Americans. We also want congressmen who actually listen to what we want, not what they think we need, and who vote that way. This is only a beginning. May the teabaggers continue.

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CobaltGeorge 01/20/10 - 07:58 pm
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This is just beautiful how

This is just beautiful how the Goliath messiah socialist president is shot down by just one conservative stone throwing Republican. Really tells everybody the power of true Americans that will make this nation great again. Horaaaaah!

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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 08:00 pm
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Boy o boy, Brown is a real

Boy o boy, Brown is a real class act, I'd be PROUD republicraps! lol..yeah man

yepjustlikethat
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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 08:01 pm
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Get real Colbalt

Get real Colbalt

yepjustlikethat
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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 08:06 pm
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Hey Eyes! You got his pin up

Hey Eyes! You got his pin up on your bedroom ceiling!??? SNORT!!!!!!! A class act for a class act of podunks that frequent these threads.

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 08:47 pm
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Wow like that...those grapes

Wow like that...those grapes must be sour .......

yepjustlikethat
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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 08:50 pm
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So Irish, answer me this, if

So Irish, answer me this, if Brown was a Demorcrat and won the seat, with his REPUTATION, would you not be dissing him like crazy??????????????? Tell the truth

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Asitisinaug 01/20/10 - 09:28 pm
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Keith Olberman and all of

Keith Olberman and all of MSNBC news programing should be moved to the Comedy Channel because 99% of what they say is a joke. FOX leans right on its opinion shows but is fair and balanced and does a great job with the news. CNN leans left on its opinion shows is somewhat fair and balanced wiht the others point of view and also does pretty good with its news. MSNBC needs to just switch programing to documentaries because it is an absolute joke - even people on the left know it is mere propoganda both on their opinion shows and on the news.

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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:33 pm
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so you are saying you are

so you are saying you are dissing based on party only. And what exactly is the reputation you speak of. His stand on Abortion, His stand on terrorism. His stand on letting the American public decide it's own fate. Letting Americans keep thier hard earned money through less taxes. His stand on health care reform without sweetheart deals to unions ,or thug organizations like seiu, No more climate malarky or junk science on global warming. Just what has he done you think is so bad ? //exactly what is his reputation ?

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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:37 pm
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I like what he [Scott Brwn]

I like what he [Scott Brwn] said about terrorist. We should be spending our money stopping them not defending them in court.....

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 09:47 pm
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More than likely like that

More than likely like that had never heard of Scott Brown before a week ago. So how on earth has she had time to research his "reputation"[another term for rumors by the way]. More than likely she is just repeating the Oprah,Degeneres,rosie o , cnn abd Vue vile... they keep calling Palin dumb but she's much more accomplished than any of them....I keep hearing about his reputation. Coakley tried that ploy and we see where it got her ! As ole RCR likes to say... you lost ! get over it !

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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 10:16 pm
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Yep. Just the answer I

Yep. Just the answer I predicted. Thanks for your response tho'.

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yepjustlikethat 01/20/10 - 10:17 pm
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Btw..a simple yes or no would

Btw..a simple yes or no would have sufficed

Irish
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Irish 01/20/10 - 10:29 pm
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so where's your answer.

so where's your answer. What's your source for this vast amount of information you have. Your two post are moronic. can you not cite sources or expound on your well founded reasons to dislike mr. Brown ? I can not answer yes or no when I had not heard of his so called "reputation" I am expected to glibbly accept the word of an obvious left wing kool aid drinker ?

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KSL 01/21/10 - 01:16 am
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angie, are you barking like a

angie, are you barking like a dog? Irish, the answer is no. After suffering through personal insults from Angie, the olive branch was extended by others first and then me. We had a brief encounter of being on friendly terms. The friendship was quite short lived. She, like others could not handle comments that were made, not to or about her, but about the subjects at hand.

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Lp_J 01/21/10 - 01:21 am
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you idiots

you idiots

KSL
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KSL 01/21/10 - 02:11 am
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Lp, that was a most

Lp, that was a most intelligent and provocative statement. It speaks volumes about you.

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seenitB4 01/21/10 - 06:00 am
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So back to the drawing

So back to the drawing board,,,we need good health care reform,, some changes not a complete do over..Now that it has started maybe the rep. can pull out the good parts & put them in place..This will be a challenge for both sides now..This isn't a free ticket for the rep. if they kill everything there will be a backlash against that too..

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