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January 20th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

What does Republican victory in Mass. mean for Obama's first term?

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Republican Scott Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley in a special election to fill the seat of the late Senator Ted Kennedy. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

What a difference a year makes.

A year ago to the day - President Obama rode into Washington high on his campaign's mantra of change and hope. He delivered his inauguration speech to adoring masses and embarked on an ambitious agenda - planning to tackle the economy, health care, the environment... all in his first year.

Fast forward 12 months - and the president and his party have been handed a stunning defeat - in Massachusetts of all states.

What's more, it's the same angry independent voters disgusted with politics as usual - who had vaulted President Obama to the White House - that delivered big time for Republican Scott Brown in mass.

Meanwhile the president's comment that "we can't win them all" is tantamount to putting lipstick on a pig. This loss is huge for him and for the Democrats. After all, President Obama campaigned personally for the loser, Martha Coakley, in Massachusetts as he did for the Democrats who lost governors' races in Virginia and New Jersey. Seems like the "Obama magic" is no more.

No doubt Republicans are rejoicing here, with potential presidential hopefuls like Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty weighing in on what it all means. One thing is sure... they're all smiling.

But Sarah Palin might want to think twice before she gives up her day job over there at the F-word network. A new CBS news poll shows a whopping 71 percent of Americans - including 56 percent of Republicans - are against Palin running for president in 2012.

Here’s my question to you: What does a Republican victory in the bluest of blue states mean for the rest of President Obama's first, and perhaps only, term?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Mary writes:
This should show the president that people vote for candidates who listen to them and address their needs and issues, just as he did when he ran for president. Now, it's business as usual: Every vote in the Congress is sold to the highest bidder. Will Mr. Brown be the exception? Probably not. This is one part of the status quo which our president is powerless to change.

Judy from Raleigh, North Carolina writes:
Obama will remain a failed president until he (and the Democrats in Congress) understand, if ever, that if Americans are working at good jobs, most of the rest of the problems go away. Bill Clinton is the last Democrat who got it.

Democrat from Missouri writes:
This is absolutely ridiculous! This is one race. The Democrats still have 59 votes in the Senate, although this is a wakeup call for the Democrats. Health care needs to be finished and the rest will follow. Obama will win re-election by a landslide!

Thomas writes:
Health care is dead. President Obama's agenda is dead. President Obama will be a one-term president. Then, 8 years for Palin!

Rick from Tamaroa, Illinois writes:
Jack, This election wasn't a notice to the Democratic Party or a vote against health care. This was a notice to all that have been elected to work for the people: do their job and stop playing politics! If I was an incumbent I'd be very nervous come election time Republican or Democrat.

Rick writes:
The president will now run to the center if he has any hope of saving his presidency, much less gaining a second term. But it's not too late. He is a charismatic leader. And, if he can cobble together truly bipartisan solutions to some of the country’s toughest problems (starting with the economy), then he can still have his girls grow up in the White House.

soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Karen, Idaho Falls

    It means that during the next 3 years NOTHING will be accomplished thanks to the "JUST VOTE NO" Republicans. What a shame!

    January 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  2. Doyle from Canada

    Jack;
    It means your system is and always will be disfunctional as it stands.
    As long as you have the same people of all parties not working for the people you have little chance of success.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  3. timlwilliamson

    American's know that many things must change and be brought into the new century, but most aren't prepared to do it all at once.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:01 pm |
  4. Butch in SC

    It means Obama is going to have to listen to the people! Also keep his (campaign) promises, get busy on his own agenda of jobs, the economy...and all the rest on that long list. There are some "go-getters" out there like Scott Brown, so Obama's job is not that secure! 2012 can't get here fast enough!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  5. sue weston

    I think the result shows very clearly that his starpower is waning and his rhetoric is being rejected! His transparency policy is more like a two way mirror and the public sees only their own reflection!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  6. Tony from Southport

    If Obama doesn't start leading from the center, he will be a lame duck soon, and out of office in 2012.

    His left wing base is too small, vocal yes, but small. And if he continues to try to please them, he won't succeed.

    Massachusetts, New Jersey and Virginia should make him aware of his failure to reach the people. He can continue to try to push his liberal agenda until he is voted out, but in the meantime, Democrats will be voted out of office and he will simply be insignificant.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  7. JD in NH

    It means Mr. Obama needs to live up to the expectations of the voters who got him elected. We didn't ring doorbells, make calls and donate mountains of money to be delivered up to the big health insurance companies on a platter. A Massachusetts woman told me this morning that Brown won the moment the public option went off the table.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    It means it’s his last term. He told too many lies and we have had enough – he and anything he would hope to get through Congress is toast.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  9. Jay-Deerfield Beach Florida

    It means... Done...Finito..Caput...Gridlocked... stick a fork in the Obama administration. But dont pull the fork out and eat whats on it, because it's CROW.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  10. KarenB, central Florida

    Would he be fhe first president who became a "lame duck" in his first year in office? all the other demo's in the house and senate will probably smarten up and not vote for a lot of things because they want to be re-elected. Do believe (been wrong before – am not like you Jack, am not always right) ...a lot of repubs be taking over demo seats. Happy trails to Obama. (by the way, the old faithfuls will try to find a way to spin this as "Bush's fault"...but I think that is beyond worn out)

    January 20, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  11. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    It may mean he will only be a one term President but it is just to early to tell. He is smart and he should be able to adjust to the situation if not then expept one term. As for Republicans they may have finally found someone that can appeal to more people than just the far right and might get a shot in 2012. But Obama does not have a an automatic nomination in 2012 others may well be wanting a chance at the top office from the Democarts. Can you say Hillary?

    January 20, 2010 at 3:09 pm |
  12. Bob Meulner

    I will bet the incumbant democrats that are coming up for election are really happy that Ma. was the only state that held an election yesterday 1/19/2010. There would be many more looking for a new job as Obama has not lived up to his campaign promises. YES WE CAN is now, it's in the can...

    January 20, 2010 at 3:11 pm |
  13. Hannah

    A Republican win in Massachusetts, is of much concerns for the Dems.
    However, I believe Martha Coakley lost because Massachusetts did not give Obama a victory during the last presidential election. Hillary Clinton won Massachusetts. Although Obama has supporters in Massachusetts, including the Kennedys, the majority of the people of Massachusetts do not approve of Obama's presidency. They still remain loyal to Hillary. Although they loved Ted Kennedy, they still voted for Hillary. This is not about health care. This is about Obama.

    If a John Doe had run on the Republican ticket in Massachusetts, he would have still won.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  14. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    It means he was right. He can't defeat the army of special interests lobbyists all on his own.

    If this economy is ever going to get its head above water, we have to jettison the Republican demands of no regulations for bankers, no anti-monopoly laws on health insurance companies, no anti-price gouging for drug companies. Those mill stones are dragging job creation and this economy down.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  15. Tina Tx

    Put a fly in the ointment doesn't it? But if the party of no don't get with the program they will not suceed very far either. It is long over due to quit your bickering with the Dems and come together and lets all make America great again. If not then we will spiral down into more homeless and no jobs. The choice is yours? Nov is coming fast. Either get with it or get off the pot. My vote may make another change.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  16. Jeff

    This means that the Democrats should start keeping their promises and get rid of Joe Lieberman!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  17. Charles in ohio

    Jack: You haven't had much to talk about in the last few days. I don't live in Mass. and I don't vote there and I don't let things like a GOP candidate getting lucky bother me. I don't see this becoming a trend.
    The GOP has not done anything for the American people for the last 12 years. We will still be digging out of their mess until June.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:13 pm |
  18. BOB WHITE, Kansas

    The Mass. election results mean that leadership is about one's following, not about one's position or agenda. Obama forgot all about his training as an organizer. When Obama entered the Whitehouse he became just one more DC politician working that corrupted system. His following wanted change.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm |
  19. William Joseph Miller Los Angeles

    Scott Brown became famous for driving around in an old pick up truck
    And while voters in Massachusetts were electing Scott Brown, I was listening to Tom Hartman on Air America. A caller from France named Erin was on the air. Erin pointed out that in France, automobile insurance is much cheaper than it is in the United States because in France, motorists do not have to pay for medical insurance because France provides universal medical care.

    I invite anyone reading this to check their auto insurance policies and notice how much of your insurance premium goes for medical expenses. If we had a medical delivery system like France, think of the money you would save.

    So remember that the next time Scott Brown takes a spin in his pickup truck. As a result of our for-profit system of medical care, you pay, pay, pay. Someday, your entire salary will go to the insurance industries, and Scott Brown will get a good chuck of change.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  20. Jo-Ann Behan

    The Republican victory means that the American people are totally
    disgusted with the Obama adminstration and his Democratic Congress and their partisanship and ideaology and backroom deals
    that have nothing to do with reality. Their arrogance and broken promises...no, make that, out right lies, are successful in getting them knocked off one by one in this election year. Gibbs and Axelrod prove my point in their TV interview this morning...when they both said that the voters are still angry from 2007...still blaming George Bush! They
    simply "don't get it!" Voters should remember that just because a man can deliver a good speech , it doesn't mean he's capable of anything else! This is the Party of Incompetence!
    JB
    Nashville TN

    January 20, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  21. Nancy from Colorado

    It means that the shameless hypocrites of the Tea Party and the Republican Party have sunk to a new low. It appears that a goodly number of those people are on Medicare. I would suggest that they each turn in their Medicare cards and try to find private insurance, thus avoiding the label of hypocrite. What a lack of empathy and caring about others!!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  22. rosey petals

    No, what does the election means for millions uninsured. This guy is the centerfold for the GOP, just in time. What do you think would have happen to candidate Obama if he posed nude for school money, don't answer, we all know. The media bashing of the president is all over him if he swats a fly. Now, you have a new guy. Goodbye Sarah Palin, hello Mr. Playboy from Massachusetts.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  23. Heidi

    I think it means that we don't trust him now. He has gone back on so many campaing promises, and not listened to the American public (townhall meetings this summer for instance). We see the arrogance, the lies and we as American's don't like it.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  24. Ken ,oregon

    I voted for obama, change was the word of the times! however i didn,t know the only change we would get is from a po dunk redneck DICTATOR to now an attractive, educated, well spoken,black DICTATOR! I,ve had it! I was never involved in the political process before i voted for obama and i,m 53...I,ll not bother ever again!! I say give us what we need not what you think we need! our families left england to come here because of the same kinda crap! another tea party is in order!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  25. RichP the Pocono's

    Nothing yet, we will need to wait and see whats under that republican suit.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  26. Rob in NC

    It means the American people are tired of business as usual. We are sick of the parties, their promises, and their hype. We would really like some honest, hard working folks in office that will do what is best for everyone.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  27. Bev -an American in Canada

    Jack

    This is when politicians want to ride on President Obama's coattails and not put in the work for themselves. Looking at Brown's campaign and as much as I loathe what the conservatves stand for, even I would have preferred Browb over Coakley. Of course the fact that the dude is not hard on the eyes does not help much. Democrats need to get off their behinds and start supporting their president instead of wating around. Being an indepedent does not look so bad from where I am sitting right now.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  28. IKHAN

    Jack,
    American people never got a whiff of the breeze of change that was promised by President Obama during his campaign.
    This upset in Mass. is a sign of that discontent & does not augur well for his first term or political future.
    Surrounding himself with some of the old unsavory guard, his chief of staff & others, letting Lieberman head crucial committees despite his backstabbing. Going along with Bush era foreign policies. Seeking short term solutions for the economic crisis & bowing down to pressures from special interest groups & lobbies on Health Care are a few of his missteps.
    Now I see a growing hold of the the predators over Washington , the self serving lobbies , corporations, special interest & those groups which have always been working for interest of countries other than America. With the noose that the Neo-cons are now gleefully preparing to put around the gullible, hard working, honest Americans' throat, the ingredients of a recipe for a change in the State of the Union as we know it and are proud of it, would be complete.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  29. chaney, La.

    Jack it means that if Ted Kennedy was still alive we probably would'nt be having this conversation....but he died so its time for a change. We the people are mad as hell at our Congress, they are tone deaf, and these Republicans who are gloating and preening this morning, are no better, they just have more loyal constituents, they need to be voted out too.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  30. Floyd Masters

    Thank you to the People of Mass. Thanks for signing the death certificate of 40,000 Americans this year and every year from this point foward.
    This election was bigger than you or me for that matter. The differnce is that I would have voted for every one in the country, not my own political agenda.
    You should all be ashamed; however, shame is an emotion of regret, a concept that you obviously lack except when it comes to being Red Soxs fan. Sincerley. Floyd w mASTERS

    January 20, 2010 at 3:21 pm |
  31. Sue-Los Angeles, CA

    The change we were promised was not the change that was delivered and we are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore. The Arrogance of Obama, Reid and Pelosi shoving through anything and everything they wanted while ignoring the will of the people is being corrected by voting out all Democrats. Brown's win in a state as blue as Massachusetts should be a strong wake up call to them.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  32. Smag , Munhall , Pa.

    It only means that Right Wing HATE RADIO works and just saying no also works. Adjustments will be made and it shows the Dems that they must work together not against each other. The super majority was a myth that never was because of the greed that permeates the party. The Dems still have a screwed up majority for what it's worth but the Repubs just can't keep saying NO to everything just because they can. Let's hear from "both" sides now bring back the fairness doctrine.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  33. Harry Butcher - Baltimore, MD

    Hi Jack,

    I don't this the Republican victory in MA is a reforendum on Health Care Reform. This vote was more about Independent voters who are tired of the gridlock and "politics as usual" in Washington DC. I hope the Democrats and the Republicans pay attention to this vote. I think the Republicans and their political pundants are reading the wrong message in this MA vote. The Democratic candidate lost the support of the MA voters by saying really stupid things. If I were in MA, I would have stayed away from the polls too. She was a terrible choice for the U.S. Senate. But, again, the best message to read from this MA vote is to learn what WE, "The American People", really want – a government that serves the need of its people – not special interests nor political posturing. Think about it!

    Harry – Baltimore, MD

    January 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  34. Mike Oklahoma City

    It means you can't just ignore your base because they hate the other guy even more. The Democrats need to stop focusing on telling other people how to live their lives and start focusing on taking care of things that matter to the average person. Catering to big business is covered already by the Republicans and forcing people to opt into the insurance racket it not helping people who are struggling.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  35. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    It's a little soon to read much into this. Give the new senator a little time in office and then see if the good folks of Mass experience a bit of buyers remorse. I suspect they will. After all, the mess that Obama and the Dems are trying to clean up was created by none other than the Republican Party.........so what sense does it make restoring them to power? And the guy they just elected to the senate may well embarrass them on the national stage before long. Ted Kennedy must be rolling over in his grave........I still can't believe they gave that seat to a Republican.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  36. David from Herndon, VA

    It means:

    1. a minority party can completely hijack our government if they are willing to be 100% obstructionist
    2. a policy of 100% obstructionism is a very successful political strategy if you have the stomach to spread lies and disinformation to gullible and stupid voters
    3. there is no low to which the republicans will not sink if it will somehow help them politically.
    4. there is a sizeable contingent of democratic senators who sold out their constituents for money.
    5. there is very little hope of america every solving the major problems facing us.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  37. J Atlanta

    It means that if his administration doesn't start paying attention to the needs of the voter it's also his only term. We have several huge issues in this country including energy, economy, unfinished war. Health care seems to have sucked all the oxygen out of the room. Time to get down to business before the clock runs out on the Democrats.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  38. walt Utah

    The major Democratic loss in Mass. is a direct reflection of Pres. Obama's Lies, empty promises and backroom behind closed door deals with special interest groups. It means that the American people who voted for "REAL CHANGE WE CAN LIVE WITH" are left holding the bag of "business as usual" "poitical corruption" at the highest level
    and an incompetant, inept president.....not the Mesiah we voted for.
    Maybe, just Maybe, Obama will wake up and actually start a bi- partisan agenda with the Independents and Repubs....another campaign lie he has failed us on. If he doesn't, his second year won't be pleasant and his ratings will continue to fall.

    Walt....Salt Lake City, Utah

    January 20, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  39. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,

    The true meaning of this GOP victory is not only will Massachusetts turn into a blue state the rest of the country will too from the just say no Republican Party's clear objective of derailing President Obama's agenda...

    Vinnie Vino
    Central Islip, NY

    January 20, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  40. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    It means that Obama is a honest Democrat who cannot get anything done because of a corrupt Congress on both the Democrat and Republican sides. We need more Republicans to destroy our economy so we can finally wise up and revolt.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  41. Joanne B

    First Term, and LAST TERM as his cohorts that had to be removed, or could not be seated due to tax evasion, latest is the TSA nominee who would not qualify as a screener at Airports due to illegal activity who has now withdrawn are a sad sight to behold. Never seen a Pres with so many nominees that were questionable in my life.
    Brown was 30 pts behind Coakley and won by 6.5 % and Palin I'm sure by 2012 will be liked by most AMericans....of course this is YOUR CNN Poll and not an objective poll.
    We want HONEST PEOPLE FOR A CHANGE PLEASE. Obama has lied on Nat'l Tv; don't you think people catch that? He can read a teleprompter well, but follow him with no teleprompter.
    Obama and his friends do not have any business experience and do not understand the bottom line. So sad we have been saddled with him.
    Joanne B
    Mn

    January 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  42. Kris Vorren (Asheville, NC)

    It means that candidates must be sure to brush up on sports trivia before running for office. Just last week Coakley was ahead by double digits in the polls. After confusing Curt Schilling with "another Yankee fan" her numbers plummeted.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  43. paul schultheis

    All it means is that Massachuetts has more Minibaughs than Minutemen.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  44. Don from Belleville Ontario

    This well-deserved Republican trouncing means that President Obama can only salvage the remaining three years of his presidency if he makes (and keeps) two promises in his upcoming State of the Union speech:

    1. That he has learned his lesson and will govern WITH integrity and WITHOUT special interest sweetheart deals for the next three years.

    2. That he will only seek re-election in 2012 as the Vice-Presidential candidate, and will let the Democrats choose a different Presidential candidate.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  45. Fred R DeLeon SR

    The way it should be is that once the candidate becomes President,
    he or she must remeber he or she is the President of all Americans
    and not remain loyal to his or hers political party. Mr Obama wanted to do too much too soon and on top of it what he did he did it wrong.
    Mr. Obama has supported with evidence a quote from Adolf Hitler:

    January 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  46. Jack Carlson

    We can't wait until Obama is gone...he's an inexperienced joke ! We have changed our mind about him, he lies in a persistent manner.
    Jack C
    WA

    January 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  47. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville, Texas

    Hello Jack!
    First I have to say that I'm all smiles! Now mind you I voted for Obama (which I won't repeat), because he waved the flag of change. Now I'm not Republican either. However being an "Independent" I will say that I'm sick of the non-transparency, the closed door deals, the Czar appointments that avoid public scrutiney, the lack of apparent interest on what a growing vocal and "voting" swelling of Americans want. For the President to say "you can't win them all", in Massachusetts, and be dismissive about it just tells me that a lot of his party should be shaking in their shoes and that what they thought they could ram down our throats, we are ramming back. It also tells me that he has no clue as to what the voting public want. It's clear to me the "NObama" is a growing drumbeat. Washington better wake up to the fact that if you're a spineless lackey (in either party) you'd better get your collective butt's in gear and do as the people who voted you into office say. We can damn well take away the office we voted you into.
    As far as Palin, why is anyone pandering to this person, she quit her office, enough said to that.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  48. David of Alexandria, VA

    Jack, the principal lesson to the Dems is that they should not overplay their hand. The last election was more a rebuke of the Bush administration than a carte blanche for the Democrats' ideological agenda. Their transparecy, bi-partisan, and pork-free promises dissolved into secrecy, unilateral arrogance, and a patronage free-for-all. But, BTW, the GOP should not make the same mistake - the Brown victory was more a rebuke of the Dems than an embracing of a SaRush PalinBaugh doctrine. Own and respect the middle and you can own and respect the country.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  49. Craig Cochran

    There is a long way to go before the 2012 election and plenty of time for Sarah Palin to change perceptions. The truth is that she sounds a lot like Scott Brown and she does have executive experience which even Obama didn't start gaining until a year ago. The positions she articulates are very much the same positions advocated by Scott Brown and the American people and she has one other important attribute that most candidates don't – she has taken on government and even her own party in the past.

    the "naysayers" will go on and on about her lack of foreign policy experience but that's was true of Obama and many other SUCCESSFUL Presidents! Foreign policy takes sound thinking, good advisors and common sense. She has all three.

    And then there is this to consider: The liberals who are clammering the loudest about Palin not being qualified are largely pro-Obama – and he has failed to accomplish much of anything. His instincts since the campaign have been wrong, he has lacked the guts to take on the people in his own party who have failed him and America and they have destroyed him from his side and he lacks an agenda that Americans buy anylonger.

    The agenda that succeeded last night was Palin's! She has taken on her own party successfully. Her agenda is the one that won last night!

    Essentially counting her "out" is pretty much the same as "counting Obama "in"! I'd take that bet!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  50. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,the big win in Mass means that the American people have finally woke up to realize that President Obama is not not the messiah,but just another politician.They realize he only says the things that people want to hear,such as transparency,there is none,getting away from earmarks,there are more now than ever,and on it goes.Obama's change will could believe in ended up being the status quo on steroids!

    January 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  51. JC

    While people lost their jobs and houses, Obama decided to go out on a motivational speaking tour about Health Care. Browns win is a non-confidence vote in the Obama Agenda and the message could not be any louder or clearer. Ted Kennedy put his political weight behind Obama and now the people have rejected it and given it back to the Republicans through Brown. Losing this seat of all seats is a very large wakeup call and a sign of things to come. I'd lay money that Brown is the man who may just run against and beat Obama in the next Presidential Race. Obama arrived on the platform of hope and was almost viewed as a political messiah. What he has shown us and delivered to date is anything but.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  52. Ben, Baton Rouge

    It means Obama will have no meaningful accomplishments.

    He's effected no change so far, and has just continued the policies of the Bush Administration.

    He's been pandering to Wall Street and not Main Street, just like Bush.

    With the Republicans in the Senate able to block anything they don't like, the only bills that'll cross Obama's desk are ones that the Republicans approve of. Which will be the same kind of bills passed under the Bush Administration.

    So don't expect any change in the future, either.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  53. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    His first and only term is being characterized by lies and dishonest relations. We the people are finally getting fed up with all of the nonsense in Washington and we can only hope that the rest of the people that are involved in all of this are voted out and soon.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  54. Trueman in Canada

    It means we up here in Canada can continue saying "well, at least we don't have to deal with greedy insurance companies like they do down south" as we wait in line for our death panels and witchdoctors to dole out our poisonous-but-cheap prescription drugs.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  55. Tommy Thomas in Abilene Tx.

    It means the GOP playbook just might succeed in a return to the good old days of Republican rule. They plan to obstruct any and all legislation (just say NO) which Dems attempt to pass so that angry voters will "throw the bums out" for being ineffective and incompetent..If Massachusetts independents were not savvy enough to see this, why do we think the rest of the country will be any different come next November?

    January 20, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  56. Andrew from Moore, OK

    The current administration does not deliver on their promises. By branding the GOP "out of touch" with the community only adds more fuel to their hypocrisy. It is insulting, especially to independents, to take their intellect for granted. Therefore, the independent voice has spoken, adhering to a voice of reason–the economy, and foreseeable health care reform disaster–sensitive topics that the Dems can't deliver if they were to reign uncontrollably. Dems are on the defensive, and President Obama is well aware.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  57. Sandra in Temecula, CA

    Four and the door for Obama. The message was loud and clear and the Democrats can no longer ignore the very people who put them into office. For a Republican to win in a blue state is a very clear signal that we are not happy with the direction the Democrats are taking this country. They are 100% in control of everything and this was their opportunity to do anything and everything with no opposition and they blew it with their arrogance.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:39 pm |
  58. Eric - Houston

    Hopefully it is a wake-up call and he will get back on track, that is the track he promised to be on during the campaign. To change the way things are done in Washington, not just who is in charge and who's special interests are going to be paid off. Independent voters, those who typically decide elections, didn't like seeing the country damaged in their mind by nut case ultra conservatives and took Obama and the Democrats at their word. It took less than a year to convince many of them that their word wasn't good and they got slapped in Massachusetts. The Republicans can take heart that independents do not want the country damaged by nut case ultra liberals either, but that is all. Obama can lead us to a better America, but he will have to do it up the middle with cooperation.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  59. gmars

    Last night, self-proclaimed "Independent Republican", Scott Brown's convincing victory over heavily favored Democrat Martha Coakley sent shockwaves throughout America, and once again illustrated the unmatched power of the people to change history. The Constitution is alive and well, and ordinary Americans are rediscovering its wisdom and power.

    Consider the magnitude of this win.

    For a full year a runaway Democratic and progressive majority in the House and Senate, coupled with a President who would be more comfortable in a totalitarian government, have ignored American outrage at massive deficits, out of control spending, increased taxes, complete corruption of the political process with open bribes and an arrogance that dwarfs any seen in American politics in a generation.

    The Democratic Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi sneered when asked if mandatory health insurance is a power provided to her in the Constitution, snapping, "You've got to be kidding". Well, such questions from ordinary, concerned Americans were valid, and last night, the Speaker of the House, Majority Leader Harry Reid and President Obama found out first hand that the people weren't kidding!

    In Massachusetts, the home of the original Boston Tea Party, and where the first Americans sent a message to the last dictator who tried to keep us in bondage, the same band of Americans just turned the arrogant political class on its ear. Not poles, not money, not union thugs, not community organizers, not even the President's heroic fly-in last Sunday could prevent "we, the people" from painfully reminding them all that power in America is "granted" to the government BY the people, not the reverse.

    This victory signals some very important lessons to be learned by BOTH parties. We, the people, reject one-party rule. We reject corruption and arrogance. We demand fiscal responsibility and we don't want socialism in America, EVER! The elections in November will no doubt punish ANY politician who ignores the message in this election last night. No more earmarks, no backroom deals, no government takeover of healthcare, no unionization of TSA, no Constitutional rights for terrorists, no coddling of tyrants just to make nice. Listen, or leave!

    One-party rule with Republicans led to corruption and excess. Now the Dems have done the same thing. For any incumbent, they had better bone up on the Constitution, turn off the speed dial to special interest and look straight ahead at the 800 pound gorilla in the room. It's "we, the people", and we are awake and taking no prisoners this fall.

    God Bless this country and its citizens.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  60. Conor in Chicago

    All this means is that we are one step closer to a return to Republican rule in 2012. And when that happens you will see an overall continuation of Obama's policies but since it will be done by people who believe this is a "Christian nation" and abhor "socialism" and love "freedom" it will be ok because it will be a "Real American" doing it. Then they will make excuses about how "we inhertited this from Obama" and the Dems will go on the offensive. All the while nothing will get done as things get worse. It's sad really.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  61. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack, the democrats couldn't have won with the canidate they had but republicans should be thankful senator ted kennedy is dead for if he was stil around he would have easily won re-election.By the way i am one of those who believe sarah palin should keep her job at fox news ,she will never get the republican nomination for president in 2012 or any other year as she is to put it simply not qualified

    January 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  62. Doug - Dallas, TX

    It means the Democrats screwed up in Mass and 2010 should be a real interesting year come November. Obama is going to have to come more to the center to govern and his next three years will be more difficult but not impossible. At this point, the Republicans do not have anyone strong enough to beat Obama in 2012 unless he really screws up.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  63. Eugene Northern Cal

    Jack,
    As Rev. Wright once said, "The Chickens are coming home to roost." . Americans aren't stupid and we're fed up, with pandering incumbants. We don't like being lied to, massive government corruption or political pay offs, with hundreds of millions, in tax payer money. Obama snuck into power, with a hand full of campaign lies and broke too many promises. Stop worry about Palin or the F Word network Jack. It makes you look like a sissy.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  64. gerry luimes

    History has a remarkeble and unexpected way of unfolding ;
    Either the public has expected far too much in a time of great difficulties ,or the Democrats havew failed miserably.
    The blame can not, and should not entirely be laid at the feet of Pres.
    Obama.The latest development may just prove to be a blessing in disguise.A more evenly divided party system could serve the country well. Gerry at Edmonton,Can

    January 20, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  65. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It means that as a society we are impatient, self-serving, and dogmatic.

    The Massachusetts election should open all of our eyes to the idiocy of ideology. That one sided, narrow minded, absolute, rigid thinking that is crippling all progress and all hope.

    The proof delivered in this election were two candidates already presumed to help and hinder health care. When neither one has been involved or has even read the bill. Because of the walls built of ideologies they are not able to think on their own, one totally for and one totally against without a single bit of knowledge or wisdom, how sad we have become.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  66. Brian in Vegas

    Now that Republicans have 41 seats in the Senate that will not allow millons of Americans to have affordable healh care we know who the "Death Panel" is.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  67. Ed from MD

    A republican senator should not mean the end for a democrat president. It's a balance of power to break it up bit. Otherwise it's as if they have one mind and give their strength and power unto the beast. Always remember to spay and neuter your beast power.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  68. Lee

    nope, remember this is only his first year in office. Think about it , you expect President Obama to fix the nation one year for the problems in eight years. i beleive that he can still get things done.

    Indianapolis, IN

    January 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  69. Mark

    The citizen's of Massachusetts have just succeeded in electing George W. Bush to represent them in the Senate. I suppose they think Republican economic theory worked well. Heaven help us.
    Mark
    Westport, CT

    January 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  70. Fred R DeLeon SR

    The way it should be is that once the candidate becomes President,
    he or she must remeber he or she is the President of all Americans
    and not remain loyal to his or hers political party. Mr Obama wanted to do too much too soon and on top of it what he did he did it wrong.
    Mr. Obama has supported with evidence a quote from Adolf Hitler:
    " THE GREAT MASSES OF PEOPLE, WILL EASELY FALL VICTIMS TO
    A GREAT LIE THAN TO A SMALL ONE".
    Let us not forget that words are of course the most powerfull drug
    used by mankind. Mr Obama was dishonest in the past, and is
    dishonest now.
    Fred.
    Indianapolis IN

    January 20, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  71. David

    Jack, I think the message is for all politicians. Back room deals, buying votes with tax dollars, and lack of respect for the Constitution are not acceptable. And the final message is they work for the people of this country, they are not our parent or our nanny, and they don't work for a political party, they work for us. Forget that and they may be joining the ranks of the unemployed after the November elections.

    Dave

    Laguna Niguel

    January 20, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  72. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Jack–
    I hope that it means that the President will rethink his plans and strategies across the board. He needs to make a list of his campaign promises and start to keep them.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  73. Ryan - Galesburg, IL

    It means that everyone is over-reacting, Jack. We voted for change from the Bush administration over 1 year ago, and between Republican obstruction and centerist (corporate) Democrats weakness, that change has stalled. It doesn't help when the news obsesses over screaming tea-baggers and republican talking points rather than the health and economic crises that grip us, but I guess you will blame that on Obama as well.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  74. Jane (Minnesota)

    I would hope what the President and the Democratic Party takes out of this that Americans are still sick to death of business as usual in Washington. That why the dems were voted into power starting in 2008. I think President Obama has not done ont thing to separate himself from it either; like he said he would on the campaign trail. The Republicans need to take a good look in the mirror too – especially if they have been in office any length of time that they are part of the same problem. Nothing short of working together in a bi-partisan way for the good of Main Street isn't going to sell with voters. I know this because I live in a district in Minnesota that started the house cleaning by voting out a long term Republican Congressman in 2008 and replaced him with a high school teacher.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  75. john

    I can understand peoples concern with health care as they should be. However if anybody thinks that cost shifting more money to the consumer without any real compitition to the industry is the answer are only kidding themselves. I currently pay just in premiums out of pocket $150.00 a week with increased deductibles, more out of pockets higher copays on drugs. Where does it stop. You want to give me a raise just cut this in half. Just imagine what the average family could do with an extra $ 300.00 a month. As the only industrialized nation left in the world with out a national plan we should be all ashamed. For republicans to rejoice over the election in Mass. and say health care is dead!!!!! Where is there plan? Who are they representing? Talk about arogance maybe a trip to the bathroom and a hard look in the mirror is in order, , a wake up call is in order for all!
    We as americans can no longer wait, the status quo is not working for the average Joe or Jill

    January 20, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  76. Ellie in Utah

    Jack, it means we are all reading the same book and will be on the same page at re-election time.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  77. Bizz, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    I think it means when you have a bad economy with jobs being lost, even naked centerfold for cosmopolitan can get elected if they belong to the other party. But remember Rush Limbaugh and the F network like and love Sarah Palin. And they have a big say in who runs for the republicans. This was a good wake up call for the democrats be cause it was not a general election and they only lost one seat with time to get together and start putting people back to work. The only problem the democrats have are getting together and showing a united front. Like someone once said it's the economy stupid.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  78. sc_morrow

    jack it means bipartisan or bipolarisan as i call it because neither side knows what they want

    January 20, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  79. Mike S., New Orleans

    Isn't it a little early to declare Obama a one term president based on one state out of fifty? Of course, the right wing media will paint this as a landslide of epic proportions. In fact, it always swings back and forth between parties during non-presidential election years. There's nothing new here.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  80. Ed from California

    It just means Brown spoke the language of the people and Coakley didn't. I don't know a thing about Brown. We just have to put faith in the Mass voters that they do. Mass already has Health Care and is a liberal state. We are all sick of the corporate give-aways and their bailouts. With unemployment and an uncertain future. No jobs, no money. Your savings being depleted at a fast pace, 401(k)'s gone. To me it looks like Brown, "talked the talked". Now we'll see if he, "walks the walk". No doubt, he'll be the poster child of future US politics, either good or bad.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  81. Ken in Michigan

    CHANGE big time! Now we may begin to see "Honest" Hope and Change that Obama promised but ceded over to Pelosi and Reid. If not, he's a one-termer and Democrats will lose big time in 2010 and 2012.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  82. Darren

    It means the administration can reset their approach to dealing with Caplitol Hill, no longer having the illusion of a filibuster proof majority - and I state illusion because of the well financed Bluedog-Democrats who never had any inclination towards supporting any bill that would upset their real bosses ... Big Insurance lobbyists.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  83. David

    Jack, The President still has three more years to show the American people that he deserves to be reelected. The democratic party on the other hand, has been in control longer & has excelled in lack of leadership & promises unfulfilled. Maybe now congress can do what we pay them for & work together to get this country on the right track. It won't happen now that the republicans have the democrats on the run. Winning is more important then doing what's best for America.
    David, Las Vegas

    January 20, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  84. chris

    plain and simple little by little we rid of the dems and replace them with reb's so he cannot cram all he waasnts to in increase taxes , spending , a heakth care bill we don't want and the climate crap bill we don't need that either this is clearly from oboma's faliures during the campaign from last year

    January 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  85. Joe M

    What the victory essentially meant is that Obama will have even more trouble dealing with the perceptions that are portrayed by the media. Bill, every time that I come home and sit down to watch the "news", it becomes so clear that the media perpetuates "self fulfilling prophecies" in the way that they report the news. I think that the "news" is not reported, but that the news is "created" by the media. You guys built Obama up, only so you could tear him down. Americans didn't hear a peep from George W. for months at a time, yet the media said nothing, scared to confront the Bush machine. Now we have a Predident who is visible, doing an impossible job, and Americans want to elect Republicans, who have never done anything to help the "average American". I guess that there are not enough "average Americans" left. Go figure.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  86. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack
    I means that Obama just for some reason does not get it nor do the people around him.I mean Jack the whole nation is telling him stop but Heir Pelosi marches on into the abyss.How on earth could he not get this??
    David

    January 20, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  87. Diana NJ

    This may be far reaching... but could it mean.. that the Dem in Mass. ran a sucky campaign.... and did the Corizon in NJ... or is that too simple and not good emough to bring up the ratings..

    January 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  88. HD in Phoenix, AZ

    Jack,

    I think the bigger question is what doest this mean for the citizens of the USA? It means we lose. We all know that this will most likely indicate that no true meaningful healthcare reform will take place. But here is what this really means... It means that Republicans and their rich wealthy owners in the insurance industry win. It also shows that Republican politicians are completely owned by rich wealthy special insterests such as the insurance industry. In the eyes of a Republican Politician, "We the people" only applies to wealthy republicans who have lobbyists to peddle influence,

    HD in Phoenix, AZ

    January 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  89. Kathryn Coulombe

    Jack,
    I cannot tell you how heartsick many of us Democrats feel in Massachusetts today. To only have about half of the registered voters in this state turn out at the polls when the indications were that the race was tightening shows that many people took it for granted that the seat would remain Democratic. We can only hope, and take Senator Scott Brown at his word, to be true to the Independents who voted for him, that he will vote from a centrist position and not totally follow the GOP party line on every vote. Also, the Democratic National Party must get the message that voters even in a state as blue as Massachusetts are more concerned with the economy and jobs than they are making the health care system available and affordable for all U.S. citizens. Kathryn – South Hadley, MA

    January 20, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  90. Loren, Chicago

    Not a whole lot. The Deomcratic Party stil has a clear majority in the Senate and the House, the only issue is how strong the members will be in supporting a political agenda that has become less appealing as the costs have become more apparent. What will not happen any longer are Democratic attempts to strong-arm their legislation through without pubilc discussion. If anything, the election was a voter referendum on the wheeling, dealing and closed-door sessions on the so-called Health Care reform and, clearly, the Massachusetts electorate didn't like it, nor do I. Time for the President to follow through on his campaign pledge of open government. That may be the only thing that will stem further Democratic losses.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  91. Zach - DC

    Hopefully it means that he will do what he campaigned on, and what independent voters elected him into office for, and that is change in politics as usual. This could be a great wake-up call for him. If he gets the message, the independents will be happy and he will have a successful bipartisan first term, most likely leading to a second. If he even hits the snooze alarm here, then he's lost it. He will have proven that he is out of touch with the indpenedents that voted him in, and he will be sent packing with nothing accomplished in four very long years.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  92. Arlene, Illinois

    Don't care what it means, just love his nude photo in
    Cosmo magazine.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  93. JIM FALLBROOK CA

    I believe president Barack Hussein Obama has no chance to get reelected. He ran a great campaign but wound up being incompetent. There will be more Democrats defeated in the November 2010 elections. This was a big defeat for Obama to have a Republican take over Ted Kennedy's seat in the Senate. the American people have woke up and discovered they voted for the wrong candidate.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  94. Michael

    I would be so ashamed to live in a country where people put more importance on the fancy cars, boats, motorcycles, over priced houses, fancy clothes, and all the other things they cherish more than making sure their neighbors would have the simplest thing, affordable health care. While they preach about this being a Christian Nation, I am constantly being bombarded with e-mails about President Obama not being a Christian. I would like to see these people that talk about being Christian act like they are Christians. A quote “it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle then a rich man to get into heaven”.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  95. lou

    No one will remember this victory by election time. Look how fast we already forgot how awful Bush and the Republicans were the last 4 years. The economy is getting better. The timing couldn't be better for Obama in employment numbers...a lagging indicator...we'll see them finally start climbing by election time. He'll have pictures of returning troops from Iraq. Hopefully a captured Bin Laden after the increase in forces there. It will be a whole new political landscape by then.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  96. Ray in Nashville

    Jack, it means he hasn't been able to pull the economy out of the Bush recession yet. Unfortunately, I think he spent all his political capital staving off a depression and now has to hope that the economy turns up before the mid-term elections.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  97. Markel Houston

    It means that the GOP did a better job of campaigning for a seat that the DEMS took for granted.

    Just because it was a "traditionally Democratic" seat, that doesn't mean that it would automatically remain a Democratic seat.

    The DEMS ignored their constituents until the last minute. The DEMS are assuming that everyone is laughing at the GOP and their mis-steps. They should know better! The New England DEMS need a reality check or they're going to lose more seats during the mid-terms.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  98. JIM SHAUGHNESSY

    It means that the country has not learned the lessons of the last years under Bush! Massachusetts doesn't care about health care, because most of them are already covered by health care.

    The Republicans remind me of children who lose, and just do not want to participate in any constructive way. (Regressive Party)

    Turn about is fair play. If the GOP continues to follow this format, I hope the Democrats will block anything the Republicans do, should they ever gain control of the Legislature! (Heaven forbid)

    January 20, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  99. WHOEVER

    Well, not much good – if any – as losing Massachusetts can only have 1 CONSEQUENCE: it will be MUCH HARDER to keep any other state but (the already lost) Massachusetts. And: for Obama that may seem to be a problem of 2012, but that isn't like that at all: with Health Care Reform DEAD – it only needs to be BURIED yet – Immigration Reform too is DEAD: there will be no time left for Obama to do anything, as A Republican Majority in HOUSE AND SENATE is just on the brink, and there isn't a short cut for Democrats to save all that. Even an absolute majority in HOUSE AND SENATE was not enough, for the Democrats, to achieve anything on Health Care Reform. And ofcourse anything on Health Care Reform wouldn't be enough to save Obama in 2012. So, Obama seems to have been HALTED, WAY BEFORE he thought that could happen! It is due to his political inexperience on such high level that caused that he didn't even think it could be possible Republicans would be BACK LIKE THAT in short period of time. And that's DUE TO another underestimation he made: THE SHOCK EFFECT IN US DUE TO his Overwhelming Victory just 1 year ago! Voters got really scared! People ask themselves: is that NIGGER going to RUIN all of US now?

    January 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  100. Elizabeth

    Jack,

    Its a shame that a democratic state such as Massachusetts who
    already HAS universal healthcare, would vote in a republican to
    obstruct the rest of the country from having it. Independents? ha.
    Just another name for people who can't decide which side of the
    fence to stand on for their OWN good.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
  101. joan

    The president will always have my support. Brown will never be the good, decent man the president is.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  102. Gordo, NJ

    Four of the last five Massachusetts Governors were Republicans, including Mitt Romney. Can you tell me why any Democrat not named Kennedy could expect to easily win a sate-wide race?

    January 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  103. Paul From Michigan

    Jack,

    This is ironic, The state of Massachusetts already has health care coverage provided by the state, covering over 90% of its citizens. Now it's citizens are the ones who by the election of one Senator prevents the entire country from getting health care reform that they already have, something is horribly wrong. This country is no democracy, the majority does not rule, look at the senate filibuster where the vote of 41 senators overrules the voles of 59 senators, then look at the electoral college and the election in 2000, majority rules, what a myth.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  104. steve in pensacola

    If Brown had actually run as a Republican, or ever even mentioned the word "Republican" or "healthcare" in any speech or ad, then you might be able to say it was some sort of statement about Obama. The guy ran basically unopposed as a pseudo-independent. He's as lockstep as the next Republican. That is a message to both parties. Change is still the call. And Coakley should have changed her itinerary. As far as this somehow translating to Obama losing in 2012, I guess I'd better get some stronger windex for MY crystal ball, because I don't see anything in this trick bag of chicken little hysteria that even begins to look like he's in any danger. But I guess you gotta "keep 'em tunin' in", eh, Jack?

    January 20, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  105. Tom, Granite City, Illinois

    The state allready has government supplied health care. They were in fear of it changing. All this does is enable congress to have another 3 years of meetings and accomplishing nothing again. Health care companies, drug companies, banks are laughing their hinies off because there will now be another 3 years of gridlock.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  106. W.N. Sanabria

    I hope it means that the Democrats will abandon their failed experiment at bipartisanship and use the same approach the Republicans used to pass the Bush agenda without super majorities. Unilateral disarmament only works when both parties are willing to engage in good faith. The GOP is only interested in stopping Obama and then campaigning on the premise that he didn't make any change happen.

    The electorate is fickle, impatient and has a short memory. We have apparently forgotten 8 years of mismanagement and are now willing to bring back the same folks who gave us the disaster Obama inherited. No admission of wrong doing; no acts of contrition; no promises of having learned from mistakes... just more of the same.

    Escondido, CA

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  107. nbm

    It means that independent voters are the sleeping giant of American politics. There are few people on the far right who wear the boots; and a few people on the far left who wear the sandals. The rest of us are in the middle wearing shoes, going to work every day working and keeping less of what we earn in a country where the only thing we make anymore is loans. Indies are neither stupid nor maleable, and they don't want government ramming 2,000 page bills down their throats – bills that can't even pass without massive earmarks. Major social legislation needs to pass with bi-partisan support like Social Security and the Civil Rights Bill – AND WITHOUT THE ADDED EXPENSE OF PORK.

    We need to stop paying members of congress after they leave office, and we need to amend the consitution to eliminate earmarks or we need to give the president a line item veto so that if he or she promises to go after earmarks, then he or she can walk the walk when it comes to using the line item veto.

    Mrs. Coakley didn't lose the election. Reid and Pelosi made it a hard race, and then Ben Nelson essentially guaranteed a win for Brown when he went against his conscience and the will of his constituents and sold out. Americans are sick of it and we would do best to vote out every single incumbent in the next election and then strip them of their pensions after they leave office so that they can come back and work in the real world.

    North Carolina

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  108. Doug

    The Republican victory in the bluest of states is not the cause of President Obama's potential only term: it is a result of his first term...first year. More to follow I am sure.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  109. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    It simply means what we have seen for the past year : using anger combined with fear gives room to republicans to always really feel good about themselves... except even when they combine these two elements they are only good at opposing and not governing..their records speaks for themselves! President Obama tapped into the anger of the american people with hope (not fear) for change and a will to face the change needed to build stronger foundations for this country. Democrats are lousy in the opposition but they are better at governing. The records speaks for itself for past democrat President and current democrat President!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  110. Chris

    It means he has to push harder against special interest and fat-cat corporations. It doesn not mean that Americans don't want reform.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  111. Gilberto

    Obama, till Jan '10 is like FDR in the mid 30's trying to stuff the Supreme Court.
    FDR, in time, seemed to have learned his lesson.
    Will Obama?

    The voters – 'who's calling the shots' – feel, think and act!
    Good politicians don't act; they react!
    Statesmen although rare do act!
    Mandela for example.

    Gilberto, São Paulo, Brazilo

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  112. Chris

    I think it means that the american people are tired of not being listened to. During the town hall meetings, senators did not listen to their constituents, rather they jus told them how wrong they were for not agreeing with the healthcare reform bill. Their arrogance knew no bounds, and I think the people finally said "I've had enough. Yer outta here!"

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  113. Michele from New Jersey

    Their singing the blues at the white house these days. Doesn't matter what you are these days, republican, democrat or independant if your singing the blues your probably wondering what happened to the Obama Magic. As for me and my house we singing "We've got the victory" Thanks Jack for keeping it real.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  114. Merlin W. Dahl

    Wake up...politics as usual will get the usual results. Perhaps the Pres and Jimmy Carter should get together......talk it over......and do exactly the opposite of the duo's concensus.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  115. Inabón Yunes

    What does it mean?

    Was Romney the governor in Mass.?,
    Is Arnold Sw. the Governor of California?

    It means that people vote for local issues in local elections.
    Last I heard, Obama, not the REPtilians, won the last national election and we elected him with an agenda. Let the man do his job.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  116. Tim Omaggio

    Jack – it means: voters have to see progress with jobs and the economy before they will sign off on any more huge expenditures – even if they are well intentioned. It also means that votes, especially today when so many of us vote independently and not by party, should never be taken for granted.
    I know something it is not. It is not a mandate for Republicans and their Obstruction at all costs approach. They already proved they coudn't govern during the Bush years and all they seem to be celebrating now is their ability to filibuster. Democrats and Republicans better start finding ways to get things done.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  117. Richard

    It means that the Independents, i.e., the same geniuses who voted to give G.W. Bush a second term, don't want to allow Obama more than one year to fix what took Bush 8 years to destroy, i.e., the economy.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  118. John Ekberg

    It puts him and HIS agenda on notice. If a republican victory in the bluest state can happen there, it WILL happen in other blue states. Contrary to what he or Pelosi & Reid want to believe, the vote was about health care reform. I don't know about you or how others feel about it but FORCING me to buy private insurance or else fine me and eventually put me in jail for non-compliance does not sit well with me! There should be more coverage on the mandate issue but apparently liberty takes a back seat to democracy while the majority liberal thugs in Congress give the public the finger with vote buy-outs, earmarks, etc. behind closed doors. Bill Nelson is my democratic senator that voted for this monster bill. His opponent come 2012 already has my vote. Marco Rubio has my vote against Charlie Crist (a republican who ass-kissed the winning team)! Democrats, you better get charged up! Last night was only the beginning of the end for your Socialist ways! Republicans, stay true to the Constitution and to States Rights and promote and practice limited government!

    John E.
    Miami, FL

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  119. Craig Johnson

    Means nothing. Obama still has the largest majority in both Senate and the House since the 1920's and even larger than Bush. All Obama needs to worry about is how to get things done.

    Craig from Texas

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  120. ben bowes

    question for cnn:

    is this your headline story or a blog?

    editorial? opinion?

    what is the lack of respect for naming Fox news by name?

    UNPROFESSIONAL!!
    SHOCKING!!

    (has) convinced me to take you with a grain of salt

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  121. John Zauher

    When will both political Parties decide to be "the Party of adults" and stop being petulant children playing at "King of the Hill".

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  122. janice - Arizona

    I suggest that what it means depends entirely on Mr. Obama and his administration. The people are shouting en mass: "Can you hear us now?" No president in my history (which covers since Eisenhower) has shown the absolute arrogance and insensibility of this administration. If he has the quality to become a president, he will listen to the people, back up, regroup and quit worrying about being a star. I suspect, however, he will continue to push his own agenda down our throats, continue the secrecy and back-room deals and be unceremoniously shown the door in 2012.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  123. AJ

    Well Jack, it means we'll get no "change" and Republicans will make sure of it. Scott Brown won't be a Senator working on behalf of the citizens of massachusetts. he'll be the forty-first Senator working against our President. Both sides need to work together, that's the "change" Americans want, and demand.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  124. Jdalco

    I hope it means he is DONE! We the people are fed up with his spending, taxing, raming throught of bail outs and health care without a care for what the people want. What happened to transparency? what happned to letting folks read the bills before voting on them? What happend to being a middle of the road person? He is hard left and pushing us that way. Wake up! We don't want to be socialists. I hope it is gridlock in cogress for the next three years then we vote him out!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  125. Independence Jim

    Against Biden's advice, Obama placed all of his political capital on healthcare reform. Bad choice with the economy sputtering and 2 wars ongoing. Worst of all, he used the "business as usual" tactics of buying off congressmen to push his healthcare agenda. Is this the "change" he promised? He needs to govern with less ideology and more pragmatism.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  126. George

    Henderson, NV

    There is no state in the US where a replacement cannot be found for every Congressman currently in office.

    Harry Reid is next come November. Either listen to WE THE PEOPLE or pay the price politically.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  127. Gerry In Toronto

    What it means is the President over estimated the American population and the media. He never recognized they are so feeble minded they are prepared to be swayed by liars and spin artists.

    He also didn't realize the media are so lazy that all they do is read the GOP talking points and consider it news versus questioning and challenging lies, misinformation and searching for the truth.

    What ever happened to the Walter Cronkite newsman where truth was king?

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  128. Brian

    I am (was) a big time Obamaniac. Its going to take a lot more than a few pieces of CHANGE to get outa this one!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  129. Wellen Lau

    What does it mean is arrogant and pig liberal like you have to be kicked out from every aspect of our govt. For you guys nothing matters, everything which is self serving good for you. Country, its deficit, debt to our children are all non factor for you. At least once try to give first preference to our beloved country.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  130. bruce

    I am very disgusted with the state of Mass for electing Scott Brown to take the power from the administration. Obama has tried very hard to get the repubs to put politics aside and do whats right for the american people...let me tell you this! It is NOT the shot heard across the country ! Mass does NOT speak for Ohio and McConnell from KY is a complete idiot. The only thing this shows is the total lack of backbone in Mass. They have bought into all the republican propagando and have turned tail and run. The best thing that could have ever happened in the history of U.S. healtcare reform has been killed yet again. We need this. The politicians lining up to receive their annual monies from the healthcare industry need to be held to be removed and monies returned to the shareholders. Voting in another incompetent republican will not fix the issue and had nothing to do with deficit or jobs...additionally how do you go from a double digit lead a week ago to losing...is it possible she was paid to shut it down?

    Bruce
    Cincinnati, OH

    January 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm |
  131. Bill

    What it means is fairly simple – BOTH Democrats and Republicans need to listen to the people and NOT the extremists in both parties, ie Prgressives and the Christian Right. The independants, who are generally in the middle, are deciding elections, locally and nationally – we need leadership that thinks this way as well. There is no better time than now for a 3rd party!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  132. Jeff Bale

    "F-word network"?? Really, Jack? They're kicking your tail in the ratings. Maybe it's because they don't engage in this kind of juvenile rhetoric. Keep in mind that "they" have covered many of the issues that CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS and others have not that have fueled this voter revolution.

    Man up and show some class. Then, get your network to report the news responsibly instead of being a bunch of bought dog cheerleaders for the Democratic Party. Hell, it was you guys or MSNBC that started in with the childish and crude reference to "teabaggers." Take a look around. You, your network, your like-minded reporters and your dear, beloved President all got teabagged by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. More is on the way and your network's credibility is shot with the people who are going to make the difference at the polls. Be fair, but be critical. Were it not for the "F-word network", I'd believe I was living in Soviet Russia and reading Pravda.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  133. John Muray

    Looking up from the middle class telescope all we seen were big
    bailouts for the rich and corporate America. He saved Wall street
    and left Main street bankrupt. Nothing trickled down and we are
    grappled with 10 percent nationwide unemployment. Hint to the
    prez : WE HAVE TO WORK TO SURVIVE DOWN HERE !!!!!!!! Thats
    our way of life. That is why Mass. turned RED, change my friend
    is coming to America as you promised but failed to
    deliver. We the people will rise again, you are just a man that
    did not come thru with your words and promises.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  134. Steve Conley

    I believe this defeat for the Dems is an Indicator of how upset people are with the Party in Power-WE have seen Vote Buying with the La.
    purchase and the Cornhusker kickback-Deals with the Unions !All done behind closed doors which Obama said would not happen-I do feel that they need to get their eyes back on the ball -The economy-
    war on terror -jobs! I loved Browns comment that our tax dollars should not go to lawyers for the the terrorist but for weapons to destroy them!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  135. Z

    It means he's finding out how things REALLY work in Washington and how limited presidential power is. He needs to slow down and not try to do everything he said in the first year. He needs to admit that he's not gonna be able to do everything he promised ( to be fair though-if McCain had won, he wouldn't have been able to do everything he wanted either ). If he wants to get more support for the healthcare plan-let the public read it. I need to see it before I vote on it.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  136. Brian

    It means, business as usual needs to STOP – by both parties. I am sick of elected officials inability to work towards common ground and consensus. If the Republicans think we, the independents, are with them, they are sorely mistaken. The party of NO needs to step up and start being the party of ideas and help for ALL, just not rich, angry white men. The greed, the garbage, the vote getting bribes within various bills, all need to STOP. Represent the people you pinheads, just not the lobbyists and special interest groups.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  137. Stefaan De Winter

    I am afraid that just as health care was a bridge to far for the Clintons, it may end up being the same for Obama. It is sad to see that Massachusetts voted for a filibuster and the end of any change, instead of for health care and change. How can a country be healthy if it doesn't take care of the health of its citizens? I can only hope the house decides to vote the senate bill.

    La Jolla, CA

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  138. Becker in CA

    Well Obama's approval rating is fairly high so the country still likes him and wants him to do well. But as far as his agenda and how he has attempted to implement it he is a complete failure and Americans hate it. To be honest I do not see him, Reid or Pelosi changing their tactics which is bad for the country as a whole and Obama.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  139. Gyrogearloose

    Hopefully it means that Obama has to return to his promise to take a bipartisan approach to solving problems. If he does this, and if the public starts to get the impression that our elected officials are working *with* each other, and not *against* each other, things will change for the better. I for one am sick of the partisan approach taken by both parties.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  140. Mark

    Hopefully the message was clear to those that seem to have lost their senses. Americans will not tolerate this Socialist agenda ramrodded down their throats. The public disdain for these policies has been ignored by these losers and now it's time for them to pay, with their jobs. They are elected by us and for us, yet they not doing what they were elected to do. Now they will be fired, FINALLY.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  141. Shannon (Atlanta, GA)

    Well I think alot depends on how much they learn from this. If they realize that they are going to have to work more with Republicans and are more willing to move to the middle then it may end up not being as big of a deal (especially if the economy drastically improves before the mid-term elections in November), but if they don't change their way of doing business and continue what they have been doing then the Republicans will be in control of the Senate and possibly the House come next January.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  142. Walt Spalding

    It means he should have kept his pledge to the voters and made absolutely certain that the health care reform bill was a bi-partisan bill and not created by backroom fanagling by Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. The President has completely failed to insist upon a bi-partisan inclusion and he will definitely suffer the consequences of his own stupidity in this regard.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  143. Kelby in Houston

    It means that the Democrats put up a weak candidate.
    It means Coakley put her foot so deep in her mouth she's gonna need a surgeon to get it out.
    It means the Dems should legislate like the Rethugs.
    They NEVER had a supermajority.
    It means the future is bleek
    It means that we read way too much into these things

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  144. Leon

    Leon
    Cincinnati , Ohio.

    It simply means, the game is over.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  145. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    It means people aren't fooled by his "reach across the aisle" rhetoric anymore. They see Obama and his policies for what they really are,socialist, and they taking it out on those enablers in Congress who, instead of defending the Constitution and acting as a check on the Executive branch, were all too eager to aided and abetted him in government takeovers of the private industry. They crammed through reckless bill after reckless bill that people will be paying for eons to come. They need to sit back and realize Americans are taking notice of the circus they have been running for the past year and we are not happy.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  146. Jack Raymond

    Why are we not celebrating the real winners. Those who abuse us all as managers and owners of the insurance industry. Are we really so blind as to vote to let the most wealthy and powerful to gain more wealth and power? No one seems to be able to here the horrors which result from our current health care issues.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  147. Dorma Seago

    Obama has not provided the strong leadership needed. Democrats have not hung together to achieve needed reforms. The result is broken trust with the American people—a critical and probably fatal misstep. Obama has broken too many campaign promises—think "lobbyists," "open health care debate coverage," "transparency," (how many press conferences?) and, biggest joke of all, "change." I feel totally dupped. It seems he can't say "good morning" without a teleprompter. He is slow to address the nation on critical issues, and when he does, reads the teleprompter in a disconnected, dispassionate manner. Major, major disappointment. Republicans have proven to be the barnyard dogs bullying the Democrat headless chickens. Republicans, not generally known to be real fond of the truth, just play the game better, smarter, and dirtier. At the very least, at this point Obama needs new advisors. He's apparently listening to the wrong people, or not listening at all. The majority of Americans desperately want/NEED health care relief. The fact that this appears to be unattainable is an extraordinary illustration of the inefficacy of the Democratic Party.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  148. Archie Wright

    Hopefully this Republican victory will mean that the Democrats will realize that can't govern by themselves and will begin serious negotiations with Republican leadership to put forward a cooperative agenda.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  149. Dawn from Kansas City

    It means that Washington better wake up and start listening to the people.

    Washington better realize that the people are watching every move they make and if they don't stop cramming all of this crap down our throats, there could be more politicians being voted out of office.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  150. Nestor, Austin, TX

    That America doesn't want his leftist agenda. If he doesn't want to be a Jimmy Carter or HW, he needs to move to the center and stop the Alinsky agenda.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  151. Danny Cali

    Jack , you wrong and you not American dog.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  152. Kory from Utah

    A political affiliation means little when compared with integrity and common sense. This administration is no better than the last in this regard. Wise up D.C. You are ALL expendable and replaceable.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  153. Jonathan

    If the Republicans clean up and return to their small-government, low-spending roots, this could be the start of a generation of prosperity. But the current crop of earmark-takers is nearly as filthy as the Democrats. If Scott Brown is Mop #1of a general house-cleaning, the whole nation wins.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  154. Mike G.

    Mr. Cafferty,

    It may very well mean the beginning of the end for Obama and the Democrat party...for now. All that Scott Brown had to do was run on the fact that the Democrats had failed to deliver on their promises. What's to stop the same thing from happening the next "go-round" when Democrats run once again citing the imminent failings of the Republicans? Is there any way out of this cycle?

    Mike G. Phoenix AZ

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  155. FRAN

    It means that "We the people' have awakened to issues and not party affiliation.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  156. Illinoistom

    What Scott Brown's victory means is revulsion at the far left agenda being crammed down our collective throats. Curing Bush fatigue with a panoply of liberal social spending policies is a prescription for disaster for the Democrat Party in 2010. The voters are demanding fiscal responsibility, Washington accountability, and National Security, nothing more, nothing less.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  157. MaryA

    I am from MA, donated, worked and voted for Obama...and also voted for Scott Brown. My vote was more a vote against Martha Coakley. She was a poor candidate who did not work at it until it was too late. All Dems here feel they are "entitled" to whatever office they hold. Guess what ...they now know they are not, and it's time they start to listen to the people. Hear that John Kerry, Ed Markey?? You could be next.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  158. Pimp

    Divided government is good.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  159. Sebastian

    There's a lot of reasons you can find for the Democrats loss in Mass, but the main one is that they take liberals for granted. It seems the Democratic Party is so eager to be bi-partisan and listen to the other side that they end up ignoring the majority of Americans that actually voted for them in the first place. If they tried to energize their base and fight at least half as hard as the Republicans do for their principles, this election would be a blow-out for Coakley. When the Republicans got pummeled in the last election, they didn't cower and die, and move away towards their opponents ideology; they ended up fighting, not ceding anything to their rivals. The result? Republicans are the de fact majority in Congress right now, despite representing the minority of the population. As a liberal, I'm sickened at how weak the Democrats have shown themselves to be

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  160. Gary

    It means he doesn't have carte blanche to turn this country totally communist.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  161. Seby

    Another Greatman is going to enjoy excellent health care at the cost of tax payer by adding one more "no"

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  162. Robert Sylva

    Jack: What does it mean for Obama? It means that Obama can prepare for political "gridlock". There is no such thing as Bi-partisanship; it has not existed for many years now. And because our political system allows the minority to hold the majority hostage in the Senate, nothing meaningful can ever be done in Washington without a 60 vote majority.

    But that is OK, because it really doesn't matter any more which one of these two worthless parties is in power. One is bent on helping only the rich and powerful and the other is completely inept and incompetent. The main goal of both groups is to get re-elected, not to enact meaningful reform that would actually help the average Joe.

    With the growing unsustainable health-care debt, and our social security nightmare not far behind it, Americans can expect to watch our country slowly disintegrate economically as more and more of our GDP goes to service a massive debt burden. But that's OK as well because at least our senators and congressmen will still have jobs and a great health plan.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  163. SCOTT

    It means that the election of Obama was one big ass mistake America. He has broken campaign promises and over 60% of the American do not want Obamacare. But Obama, Harry, and Nancy are not listening to America! These tools will be voted out too. Just watch. America has awaken!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  164. Young

    I consider myself an independent but align myself closer to democrats due to their commitment to social and human rights issues. Just like many others out there, I voted for Obama for change. But unlike so many in this country, I did not expect change to come swiftly. Two terms is what I figured he would need to make even a dent. How is one man suppose to change the entire nature of our country's politics when powerful factors such as money, greed, and political ambition trump public service and commitment to the American people? Obama's only had a year in office after inheriting all the problems left by the previous administration. Americans have such a short attention span and enormous sense of self-entitlement that we can't even give Obama the time necessary to create change. I am embarrassed to be an independent if all we're going to do is try to change this country on a whim and put back in political office, members of the republican party who are mostly responsible for all the problems we face today.

    Brown might be a good guy but he's already throwing himself into the presidential conversation when he hasn't even been seated in the senate. Just goes to show that even though he drives a green truck like average joes, he's going to Washington to just be another politician. Wake up America!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  165. Tim

    Being a Democrat is like being a Cubs fan. Just when they make you think they've won it all, they screw it up give back whatever gains you think we're making. In this world of instant gratification, political winds change like TV ratings, faster than you can say Conan O'brien. At least they don't have to kiss Joe Liebermans ass anymore.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  166. matt

    The F-word network? Are you serious? What kind of trash news is this? I am a republican but I read all news sites to try to get a balanced perspective but only on left leaning sights do I read this kind of blatant garbage.

    Pathetic.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  167. minnie

    Obama, Pelose, Reid are so full of themselves that the country does not enter into their heads. Maybe this Massachusetts loss will knock some sense into their heads.
    We do not want this expensive through the roof healthcare.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  168. Jason

    I think that this win will force more cooperation in DC. I'm frustrated with the current party politics and want to see more real work done. I don't care if its blue or red, but something has to be done. Why are our elected officials, sent to DC to represent the population as a whole, so hung up on party lines right now that real work is being pushed away. It seems to me that they care more right now about a party victory than getting down to business. Is it really all about re-election? Does that matter more than doing what's right? What if there were no parties; and just people there to get the job done?

    January 20, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  169. Christopher Wood

    it means that the people have not bought into all the press giving the Dems and Obama a free pass
    The people can think and they know that the press has been one sided but they still found out the truth

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  170. Marty Nix

    It depends on him, Jack. If he wakes up and recognizes that America always was and still remains a center-right country and that '06 and '08 were about dissatisfaction with Republicans and not ideology, he'll do fine. Just like Clinton did after '94.

    If he persists in the delusion that so many liberals have that he just needs to do more of the same and go farther left, he's Carter.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  171. Bill

    Jack what this means for the Dems, is that Change is happening with or without them, the bastion of Change was percieved to be Obama, but since that has not materialized, the American public is pushing for change at the voting booth. This is true for any incumbant Dem or Rep, whach out we're gonna kick you all out!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  172. John Galt

    It means that those who voted for President Obama are unhappy that he is sending more troops to Afganastan instead of getting out. Also, they are unhappy that he is allowing the massive exodus of American jobs to foreign countries. There are many other examples of what it means but the bottom line is that he hasn't delivered on his promise of "change".

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  173. GREGOIRE

    I think it means he's going to be foreced to keep at least ONE of his campaign promises of reaching out to Republicans for a post-partisan Washington. He has been the most divisive president in my lifetime... and I would wager that extends to ALL TIME. His record was far left, he campaigned as a centrist.... many many many were fooled and it got him elected. He has since governed from the far left with great gusto and no remorse. He will now be compelled to reach across the aisle if he wishes to pass good reasonable legislation. The best thing that could come out of this would be an agenda that serves the AMERICAN PEOPLE.... not the fringe extremists of EITHER side. A good solid 50% of us can be found slightly right or left of center... and that is where Washington should govern from.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  174. Steve Wickert

    A Republican win is a reminder to the President that, with 15 million people out of work, it's the economy stupid, not health care that matters most.

    Hoffman Estates, IL

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  175. jennifer

    It means he had better stop worrying about being re-elected and do something meaningful. If he keeps appeasing the right with deals and concessions, it will have been 4 years wasted. He won't be re-elected ANYWAY.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  176. wormstooth, everett, mass

    Scott Brown is a sqeaky clean, handsome guy, just like Mitt Romney, and he tapped in to the disaffection of voters on all sides. Why a successful lawyer wears a farm jacket and drives an old pickup baffles me, but he pulled it off.
    Add to that the fact that Martha Coakley could sing Jingle Bells and make it sound depressing, and you have the formula for a victory.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  177. Chris

    It means that the Dems see the writing on the wall. The Independents that put the BO in the WH will take it back out again in 2012. This great country of ours has done it's best governing when the government is divided. We gave the GOP 6 years at the buffet and see what happens. We gave the Dems 1 year at the buffet and they doubled the deficit in one year what it took the GOP eight years to do.

    BO is a liar and has broken the one campain promise he could not afford to break. Bring change to DC.

    An Independent who saw BO for what he was from the beginning.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  178. Elmer Hill

    Too early to tell. May be the best thing that happened to Obama if he shows leadership with it.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  179. Frank Convertini

    It is the best thing that coud have happened to him. Unless, he is obtuse he will now govern from the center, fire Axelrod, Emanuel, Gibbs and perhaps go down in history as one of our greatest Presidents. He simply received bad advice from the professional truth benders that he needed to get elected. He is a good man, but to be "good is good" to be "too good is no good"

    January 20, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  180. Michael Kranitz

    I believe the victory signals the end of political party dynasties that thrive simply through inertia. It means that members of political parties must act in the best interests of their constituents and NOT in the best interests of their party (unless the two align).

    Obama will have to earn his ticket to stay in the White House and he will have to earn the passage of legislation through means other than super majority cramdown.

    Both parties should wake up from this election. Today it's a Republican win. Tomorrow a Democratic win. One day, elected officials will actually read the legislation upon which they vote, and craft and vote on legislation based on merit and not party politics.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  181. Matt

    Unfortunately, Obama's blown it and probably won't be reelected. While healthcare reform is important, he should have focused first on doing the things that are necessary to get the economy back on track, like reforming the banking industry and creating jobs with a more robust stimulus package. Instead, hewimped out on the stimulus package and put friends of Wall Street into senior positions in his administration who will not do what is necessary to keep the Great Recession from happening again.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  182. Corey

    This all boils down to people upset with congress over the health care overhall. They don't like the way the bills have turned out and with no public options and a whole bunch of deals cut to get the needed votes to pass. The bills have become pale shadows of what should and could have been. This is not people showing they are angry with the presidents policies, but instead showing they are angry with congress for doing a crap job. They did not do as instructed and pass a good bill by the end of the year. Instead they have bills altered from what was to be a dream come true to watered down legislation, made so to appease a few select members of congress to get there votes and now it's almost February! The bills are definitely better than nothing, but considering they worked for a year on them, they should be a lot better.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  183. Paul

    There's a sense everywhere, I think, not just in Massachusetts, that politicians in Washington are out of touch with everyday people. Martha Coakley didn't bother campaigning until the very end. I recall seeing one clip of Ms. Coakley shaking hands with people on TV; she kept her distance from them and the handshakes short. Scott Brown shook people's hands firmly and enthusiastically. Though relatively meaningless, it exemplifies the seeming indifference of Ms. Coakley to the voters in Massachusetts.
    Implications for the President: He needs to make the people feel involved. The people don't want Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi creating some legislation in a back room. They want to know what's going on and have a hand in it. People don't want representatives who shake their hand because they have to; they want someone who shakes their hand because they want to work with them.

    Paul, Concord MA

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  184. Mike Brenan

    It's really simple - Mrs Coakley forgot to get Oprah's endorsement .

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  185. irene quirus

    A Republican victory simply means that the voters are scared of this administration's blatant disregard for the Constitution. After one year of this administration and Congress, last night was the first time I thought the two party system may survive, and this country will return to its citizens the rights that are stealthily being removed. I am very afraid for our country, and we need a balance of power desperately.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  186. Gary from CA

    Jack,

    I think it means that the current representative's better start showing us some of that "change" or we'll throw the bums out like we did with the last crew. Show us the change!

    My new political party is called anti-incumbent until I see results.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  187. Jim Bramble

    I don't think the Republicans should be too overly optimistic based on the Mass. victory. To me, a Republican, it should be a message to all current office holders. The people in this country are tired of the business as usual approach in Washington. What has happened to doing what is right for America and not what is right for a particular party or politician. Personally I'm tired of paying for the free giveaways that seem more designed to ensure someone's re-election than making this country a better more secure place to live. The politicians who believe the billions of dollars in "earmarks" and perks they receive and hand out is "free money" should be tried as criminals, thrown out of office and jailed. Maybe then we could start over again and get it right. Your piece on Pelosi's excesses was brilliant but could have been extended to many others. I'm a very disgruntled senior from Kentucky.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  188. R.P. Roy

    President Obama should heed what the american people are saying
    rather than those self-serving 'hot air bags' Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi.

    R.P. Roy, Tempe, AZ

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  189. betty

    Chandler, AZ

    He is finished. He rode into Washington with great speeches. That will not hold a man in the White House.

    Trillions on dollars later and no humility many were dupped by him.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  190. Marty Starr

    Will Obama understand the full implications of this vote -likely. However, it's less likely that either party in Congress will, and recognize that the populace believes that the system is broken and needs fixing, ie change. So the bottom line is that there will be little if any change apparent before the mid-terms, when Dems will take a massive hit, which will cause the system to totally freeze up, following which Obama will not be re-elected.
    A Mass native now living in Atlanta.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  191. Fred Manhartsberger

    This is what should be expected to happen when the business of governing is outsourced to the likes of Pelosi and Reid and promises and other meaningless rhetoric are shown to be a sham. More of this and President Obama will begin to be haunted by the Carter one-term stigma.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  192. stjerneby

    "can't win them all" , how about just one?President Obama, postured
    acted like a movie star, made an awful lot of mistakes, and now arrogance! People are truly disappointed. What a shame.
    Nuser

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  193. Mark Stevens

    I think this election is a small part of what is yet to come. The center majority of this country have been quiet for many years. Just doing our job, paying our taxes, raising our families, and living our faith. The government works for us, not the special interest or the fringe groups. We will be heard. We refuse to allow a bunch of self absorbed politicians take our hard earned dollars to buy votes with entitlement programs. Social justice is important to us, but we do it on our own, we don't need the government to decide who we should and should not help. Freedom in all parts of our life is more important than any political party or candidate. So, incumbents, watch out, if the shoe fits wear it, right out of Washington.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  194. Marty Nix

    It depends on him, Jack. If he wakes up and recognizes that America always was and still remains a center-right country and that '06 and '08 were about dissatisfaction with Republicans and not ideology, he'll do fine. Just like Clinton did after '94.

    If he persists in the delusion that so many liberals have that he just needs to do more of the same and go farther left, he's Carter.

    Marty Nix
    Marietta, GA

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  195. Brian

    What this means is that the "awakening" has begun. As an Illinois resident, I'll tell you Obama did nothing as a Senator, he will continue this great streak as President. In the end he'll right another memoir, his third, titled "The Audacious Hope for Change....and the Reality of being a Windbag".

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  196. Dan

    I believe that it signals that people just may be voting for the candidate, not the party. Neither the Republicans nor the Democrats are in high favor with any voter segment within any geographical area. Brown wouldn't be my first choice, but Coakley ran a lousy campaign and deserved to lose.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  197. Perry

    The Dems of couse still do not get it. For the rest of the Country, this is not surprise. Anyone that lived through the Carter years knew that electing Obama and his tried and true failed policies would lead us to where we are today. Unfortunately, thanks to the whitewashing put on Obama's campaign by the mainstream media, we are stuck with him for three more years. This gives a ray of hope that America can survive it. However, like Carter, once Obama is out we are still in for eight painful years while we try to correct the collossal mistakes he and the Democrats have made.

    Missoula, MT

    January 20, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  198. mark o.

    It's a wake up call for Obama. Hopefully he will realize that the people that brought him into office are truely sick of politics like usual, which is what has happened over the last year. Of course it will take more than just a year for him to clean up the Bush mess, but by caving to big banks, health care lobbyists, and not standing up to these ludicrous right wing nutjobs distorting the healthcare bill, he is showing that perhaps he does not have the backbone to make "change" happen. This country really needs a third party to save it.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  199. James

    Jack,

    Obama knows what the rest of us know...the result in Mass isn't a shot at Obama, it's that We The People are fed up with the people in Congress. Democrats and Republicans. Look at how many "lifers" are "retiring" this election cycle. Good riddance. This country was built on the premise that you left your day-job to serve your country for a term or two and then went back to your day-job...not on the idea that we would essentially elect people to lifetime terms of increasing arrogance, and incompetence.

    This election was simply a case of the People establishing "term limits" on Congressional incompetence.

    James

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  200. Robert Andrews

    The Independent voters in Massachusetts didn't vote for a Republican, or even against a Democrat, so much as they voted against the imbalance in Washington. This goes beyong the usual off-year pendulum swing that reflects typical American discontent. Independent voters detest imbalance because it engenders ideological arrogance and legislative myopia. The lesson to be learned from Massachusetts: there is no such thing as a mandate in American politics.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  201. Stephen Rothschild

    Obama had a one year honeymoon that is over. He promised big things and has not delivered. The bigger you are the harder you fall.
    He let the Wall Street /banking criminals get away with loot and has not changed the equation. He let his base down by not being there for every part of the fight over health care. If he does not become more aggresive on these matters and the rest of his agenda, he will be a one term President. This is sad for the Democrats with a large majority in Congress. It is even sadder for our nation and it's people.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  202. Ed Carr

    it means the real winds of change have blown away the smoke and broken the mirrors of the campaign promises Obama used to get elected

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  203. David in Danville, CA

    I don't think it really means anything for President Obama. I believe Mr. Brown's win is more of an indication that the people in Massachusetts are concerned about the Democratic "Leadership" in both the House and the Senate and their refusal to even acknowledge the opposition. Where's the checks and balance if one party uses the super majority to totally snub the other party?

    David
    Danville, CA

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  204. Victor Hayes

    We should let old people and people without healthcare insurance die. Who needs them. If one person can derail healthcare for a nation of millions it is not worth it. All politicians are LIARS. This country will vote for any MORON. Is there anything the PRESIDENT stands for! He is weak and those advisors surrounding him should be working as car salesman.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:50 pm |
  205. Greg Hill

    Jack – Martha Coakley coasted and got caught with her pants down. (figurativley speaking of course.) The GOP will spin this as a mandate from the people and they all get caught up in another Palin-esque orgy of right-wing blathering.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  206. Kelvin

    It means that people are crazy seeking solutions from the very party that put the country in jeopardy in the first place.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  207. Bob from AZ

    I don't think this win is about Democrats, or Republicans. I think it is about Americans finally getting smart about voting out the party in power if we think they are not representing us, the people of this fine country!!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  208. Rhonda Nichols

    How dare you criticize Foxnews !
    They are the only ones getting it right!

    You & all the other networks are in bed with Obama & the idiot dems!

    Sarah Palin is a blessing !

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  209. Dave

    "we can't win them all".
    Quite a contrast to when he said "We won. Get over it". (Translation: "We won and are going to spend your grandchildren's money and you can't do anything about it!".

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  210. Patti Harris

    it is all very sad; the entire country is all hopped up, depending which talking head shouts the loudest. who can predict what will happen?

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  211. Dan

    It means the Republicans who failed the country the past 8 years will have succeeded in their mission to force Obama to fail as well and that our country will "never" have any type of healthcare reform period.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  212. Sherri-Illinois

    That its not always smart to listen to your own press! #1 Priority when he took office should have been the Economy and Jobs! President Obama made a big mistake when he threw out the Stimulus package, dusted off his hand and said "Ok whats next" and then turned his focus to Healthcare Reform when took up all of 2009 & totally forgot about the economic meltdown and recession that this country was and is in. Unemployment nationally is 10% with 16+ Million people unemployed. MA prior to last night, said no one's listening to us AND last night they said HEAR ME NOW! The President & Congress hopefully has heard! Fix the Economy and Jobs Creation #1.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  213. Arch Stanton, Mississippi

    It means that Democrats got complacent and they can't afford to do that anymore. Republicans proved themselves so incompetent that Democrats thought they could just coast because the alternative was ridiculous. And, honestly, it still is; the Republicans have become a completely unviable, theocratic party. But Democrats haven't been true to themselves, either, and it's costing them. They'll have a hard time getting things done now, and they really don't have anything to blame but their own complacency. They need to lose that, and fast, because this country will go to hell if it falls back into Republican hands.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  214. Bill Charleston

    If the Democrats had done thier jobs the past 3 years this would be a moot point.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  215. Randy in Minnesota

    As Scott Brown has stated "This is Americas seat in Congress". The sooner the rest of our politicians, Democrat and Republican figure this out, the sooner we can back on a road to recovery rather than broken promises and back room deals.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  216. Ed K

    This isn't about blues and reds; it's about the populace sending a clear message to politicians that there is little patience for rhetoric. The Republicans lost because of it in 2008. Now, the Democrats are tasting loss because Obama's marketing message of "Change" was proven to be just marketing. When will politicians start to realize that what they say matters. Hopefully, Scott Brown realizes the message, or he'll be out in a few years as well.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  217. Raul

    It really does not mean anything in the long run. In the short term the GOP have finally gotten something to talk about. For the overwhelming number of independents that got Scott Brown elected it means they can thumb their noses at "the Man" and further intimidate a cowering Democratic leadership. To the Obama administration it means that the people really want JOBS more than Health Care. Deliver jobs to the masses and you can write your own ticket. No JOBS = NO Health Care Reform.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  218. JJ

    It means people are still pissed. Obama did not solve all the worlds problems in his first year, and people are saying "vote everyone out" because they dont trust congress anymore... I think obama is doing pretty well with what he is working with. everything was in the tank, but its getting better. It doesnt help that the republicans' main task is to defeat him by any means necessary.

    what a difference a year makes, BUT, what a difference 3 more years can make as well.
    We are the Great American People and we will get through it.
    Believe it!! Vote with hope in mind, not revenge!!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  219. Greg in Cabot, AR

    Since the soon to be Honorable Mr. Brown will not have to worry about reelection for a while, maybe HE can start a bipartisan movement so the Senate can finally get something accomplished...but.... I bet he will turn out to be just another "NO" vote for the republicans and nothing will get done until the next election.

    Sadly, I put my money on gridlock.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  220. DBolt

    Jack,
    the Republican party should not look at this as a stamp of approval for their conservative policies alone. Remember, it was only 14 months ago when they were voted out of the executive branch. Voters in Massachusetts, and around the country, are making both sides of the isle nervous. The American people are fed up.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  221. Mark Lovett

    There is one thing that is clear. Americans are angry with the state of their nation and its economy. They will do anything to express their disguist and even vote against their own party to express their unhappiness with "politics as usual"

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  222. Stephen A. Sigler

    Well Jack, As my Proctologist says
    to me just before insertion: "This won't hurt a bit"!!!!
    And, Jack that's what Massachusetts means to Mr. Obama..
    For a change he is the one bending over and not the rest of us.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  223. Dorothy Lange

    I was glad to see a Republican win in Massachusettes and I hope we get rid of some of the Democrats who have bribed and done whateve the y can to get Health Reform Bill passed I would so much like to see the end of Nancy Pelosi who is a really bad Legistrator in my thinking.
    From what I have read she is a rich person wh odoesn't seem to have a clue what a struggle it is for us who are retired and live on limited incomes.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  224. Joe Johnson

    Thankfully, yes.

    We need a leader, not a public speaker who has only been a junior senator.

    -Joe (NY,NY)

    January 20, 2010 at 5:53 pm |
  225. Baal

    Pretty much nothing..... Voters are still pissed and if the Rethugs dont get the message they will be kicked out of office just as the Dems will be ....

    Its time for a functioning government run by non-career politicians.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  226. Chris Richards

    Perhaps??? One term disaster, Mr. Cafferty.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  227. Mikey

    The founding fathers are smiling today.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  228. John Cain

    the democratss are incapable to govern when compared with the republicans.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  229. Chris

    This should be a warning shot to Nancy Pelosi and Henry Reid that their leadership of the Congress has alienated middle America. I voted Blue but I am frustrated that it was frittered away on things like the National Endowment for the Arts and other pet liberal projects ...

    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  230. Kevin Houston

    If he was listening he will correct and abandoned his all points road to destruction of the American Health Care system as we know it. Bipartisanship is a two Way Street, the President is to blame just as much as the Republican Party. What happened to change we could believe in? The health care debacle reeks of back door deals and wasted taxpayer funding (Nebraska & Louisiana).

    The good citizens of Massachusetts got it right we voted for change in 2008 what we got was film flamed!!

    If this went over his head (as I suspect it did), he should begin to catch all of the sights of Washington as he will only have 3 years left to catch them all before he moves back to Chicago.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  231. Emily

    I am 23 years old, and have been involved with politics since I was 10. Honestly I am not surprised by this and heres why. I am from Minnesota. Sure we have two democratic senators there, but that's it. In our state, the democrats don't know how to win local government race. Now that we have the presidency, what the dems do in Minnesota, is starting to look like the other states. They don't know how to pick a good candidate, they don't know where to pool there resources, they are starting to forget what the people want/need.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  232. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    It means that Coakley ran a terrible campaign and because of that, the Dems. will get tougher by changing the rule that allows filibusters for every vote.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  233. Jeffrey Gilbert

    It means that the independent voters who put Obama in the White House under the mantra of "hope and change" are now suffering from buyer's remorse. They have become both frightened and angry at a democratic agenda that promotes the bureaucratic takeover of health care, energy, banks, auto companies, you name ;it.

    It means Obama had better find the political center-right real soon, or he will be looking for a new job after his first term.

    Syracuse, NY

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  234. matt

    by sights I mean sites

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  235. Bryan

    Looking at what was on the table when President Obama was inaugurated - financial/ecomomic melt down, 2 wars, etc. - will take more than a year to fix, so 2012 is still away off.

    That said, I think the economy and the gridlock in DC due to the inability of the Democrats and the Republicans and the House and the Senate to work with each other are the issues. Requiring a supermajority to get anything done is nuts.

    We are asking our leaders to govern. Not backstab.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  236. Rick Wylie

    The president will now run to the center if he has any hope of saving his presidency much less gaining a second term. But it's not too late. He is a charasmatic leader and if he can cobble together truly bipartisan solutions to some of the countries toughest problems (starting with the economy), then he can still have his girls grow up in the WH.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  237. Alan

    What it means Jack is lights out in America. The Republicans decided upon Obama's election that all ideas and ambitions are to be dashed at all costs. And the Democrats have shown there total ineptitude with there petty bickering and infighting. They are doomed with or without 60 Senate seats. Bipartison lawmaking is dead and along with it healthcare reform, finacial reform, job creation and infrastructure repair, mom and apple pie. If I were Obama I would annouce my intention not to seek a second term now and leave this entire mess to Sara Palin and the other morons in the Republican party who created it. Remember Jack, it's o.k. to have a double digit I.Q.but one needs to be able to simultaneously engage both digits!
    A feat most politicians have yet to master!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  238. Alan Goodman

    The old addage that the public doesn't want to see how the sausage is made is gone. They want to see the ground, the casing, and how clean is the machinery. The arrogance that voters (and candidate Obama) railed against in Bush II's foreign policy has appeared just as ugly in Obama's domestic agenda. With taxes and deficits high and job availability and trust levels low, lies, lies, and damn lies just doesn't cut it. Show me the inputs so I can judge you on your output. If you don't, you're just going to be out.
    New York, NY

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  239. Mike

    What does a Republican victory in bluest of blue states mean for the rest of President Obama's first, and perhaps only, term?

    It means we are fed up with obama and he needs to open his eyes, everyone is hurting in this time, and people are sick of having to pay for lazy foot draggers. We are sick of Obama selling our country to China right under our nose. and we are sick of hearing change is coming.

    Hopefully change is coming to the white house 2012, and hopefully Palin runs an a democrat.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  240. katiec Pekin, IL

    It tells us the Democrats failed in their fight against the party of NOthing, not resorting to the fear mongering, sewer politics they
    faced. It tells us the American people have short memories, ignoring what the republicans did to our country these last eight years.
    It tells us President Obama tried to hard to get bipartianship and
    a government that will work together for our survival when his opposition will never support anything regardless of the merits and benefits.
    It proves the republicans have put party first, win at any cost, destroy our president over the our country and us.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  241. Nevin

    I think it'll make him stronger in the long run, because now Obama will have to at least have 1 republican backing him, thereby be bi-partisian. It's also a message to the republicans because now they have to get things done. Bickering and not doing anything will get you voted out, republican, democrat or independent.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  242. Mo, Fairfax, VA.

    Hey Jack,

    Congrats to Brown for winning the special election. I don't see an impact against the Democrats for the outcome though. I see impatient people who for some reason believe that all the problems that were generated for the past 9 years or so are expected to be solved overnight.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  243. Rachel, South Florida

    Jack, it means that pelosi (lower case letters intended) now has to swallow that proverbial pig with "lipstick" on it,... lick her wounds and wipe the smile off of her overdone surgical facelift. Poor woman, serves her right for being so arrogant.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  244. Brandon

    I think it forces Obama to ditch the Congressional Democrats and act on his own, and work with whom he chooses and on what he wants. I also believe that too many people are reading more into a 1 state election and seeing national implications that may not be there. Really, the Democrats and Republicans are 2 sides of the same coin. If the so called independent voter wanted real change they would have elected an independent candidate or a third party candidate. Stop making a mountain out of a mole hill. Time will tell, not one day.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  245. Barbara Mcnichol

    It means the citizens of MA who voted prefer the republican candidate to the democrat one.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  246. nextloss

    the next loss for the Dems will be when the Gitmo detainees file suit against the US Government for violating their civil rights as a result of being water-boarded. Holder has given them access to the US Courts by bringing them to the US for trail. keep in mind this is the same group of lawyers that lost the Blackwater trial. yes it can get worse for the Dems.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  247. Kathy

    This one win by the Republicans in Massachusetts is very significant, however, talking about future presidential candidates is a little premature. Folks might want to pay attention to the fact that a large majority of independents who originally voted for Obama are now turning again his administration. A future presidential candidate could possibly be an independent as many folks feel that both parties have let them down with all the cross party fighting and lack of bipartisanship. Maybe it will take an independent candidate to put out a straight story and stay level headed enough to do the job without all the special promises to special lnterests just to get into the oval office. I think America is seeing a real change in the way our political system runs and it isn't coming from the Obama camp.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
  248. Brian

    The most immediate effect for the president is that the senate democrats no longer hold a super-majority. This is huge in itself.

    The fact that a republican won in one of the most liberal states in the union and is now the replacement for Ted Kennedy is amazing. The democrats got what they wanted for a while: Complete control of the Legistative and Executive branches. What has resulted? We are worse off now economically than we were a year ago. Does it matter that it may not even be Obama's fault? No. Voters just know that they aren't happy, and they don't have a lot of patience. Ask Republicans what happens when voters are really unhappy. Democrats can try to spin the Tea Party movement as a bad thing all they want, but I think it will only backfire.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  249. Bill

    Nothing, yet. What will ultimately determine whether or not Obama has a second term are the following: Healthcare reform passes, Troops leave Afghanistan, the economy recovers enough to create jobs. If he succeeds on all of these fronts, he will win a second term. If he fails on the economy, but succeeds at the rest, he will not win a second term. If he fails on healthcare, but succeeds with Afghanistan and creating jobs, perhaps he has a shot. There is some dispute about the other variations, but make no mistake, if he fails to deliver healthcare, and to create jobs for the economy, but succeeds with Afghanistan, game over dude. Although these are slightly unfair expectations for any one man to accomplish, he took that burden upon himself knowingly, and that's the reality of the situation.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  250. Walter

    Obama became a President 4 years too early he simply doesn't have experience and its showing both in United States and around the world he simply does not demand respect.

    Everyone wanted to be part of something special by voting in the "First Black President" but everyone ignored the fact that he has absolutely no credentials for the job!

    Why do you people keep doing this to your self why do you always vote with feeling and not with your HEADS!!! First with Bush and Gore then with Obama leave your personal feeling out and do research on the subjects that each candidate is covering and then and only THEN out submit your vote.

    Hopefully everyone has learned their lesson and during elections they will look much closer to issues and not color of their skin or wan't to be part of something.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  251. Corey from Atlanta

    Jack, with all the bank bailouts and the possibility of a non-public option health care policy, I can't blame independents and Republicans for showing up in droves to defeat the left-wing big money spenders. I voted for Obama, but this administration has yet to deliver for the American people where it really matters! My HOPE is fading fast!!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  252. Doug

    This is merely another indication that the American public by and large favors a moderate approach and is concerned when either party (in this case Democratic) has too much control, fearing that the extreme wings (i.e., conservative – liberal) of both parties are wielding too much influence.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  253. Edward in Wisconsin

    I hope this election finally demonstrated that neither the democrats nor the republicans have enough votes to elect anyone. It is the independents (more than 50% of the electorate) who make that decision. Candidates would do well to remember that they always get their base (party identifiers) but the base is not enough. They have to convence we independents that they are the better candidate. May it always be so.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  254. James Scott

    What it means is that the Dems have been moving much too quickly on health care and turned a deaf ear to the majority of Americans – it's a warning that the Dems better pull back sharply and get back in step with their electorate... or pay the price in their own states for their poor hearing.

    J. Scott, Massachusetts (an Independent voter)

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  255. Griff in VT

    What it means in the long run is uncertain. What it means right now is that Obama needs to take off the kid gloves if he has any hope of accomplishing his agenda. He's alienated his own base trying to reach out to a party that doesn't want to cooperate with him, and he needs to get back to that base.

    Right now we've got one party saying "No!", and another party saying "Why bother?". The Republicans are already crying "foul!' and going against everything he does, so he might as well buckle down and get back on the side of the people that helped put him in office.

    If he continues the way he has been; Brown's victory is indeed a sign that marks him as a one-term President. If he switches gears and truly goes liberal in Washington, then he may just be able to invigorate the people who voted for him the first time, and Brown's victory will have meant nothing.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:57 pm |
  256. Andrew

    Jack,

    Its too early to tell but if this keeps up, Obama looks like a big loser in the long term. Its one seat, one crack in the Democratic party. If they lose more this year, that crack will divide the Democrats for 2012 and Sarah Palin might just run for election. Just because everyone thinks she isn't worthy to run does not mean she won't. She's crazy enough to do so.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  257. GAConservative

    In the simplest term, this victory means that all senators and congressmen who are up for re-election in November, you have just been put on notice. If you choose to not listen to the American people, you will not be re-elected.

    Our government works for us not the other way around.

    I hope the GOP will take this opportunity and learn from their mistakes and get this country back on its feet.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  258. Mohammed Mazher Ali

    It will not effect the President and the party in general, American citizen are now more muture ever before, they dont need another Bush or Channey from back door, already it will take years to build- enough is enough.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  259. Gerry from Cincinnati

    This is not necessarily a repudiation of Obama. Coakley had a 20 point lead just weeks ago and Obama's popularity in Massachusetts is still higher than the national average. What this does say loud and clear is that the Democrats and especially Coakley have taken their base for granted, ignoring their needs while pandering to the opposition to be able to claim bipartisanship. For God sakes, maybe Obama and the Dems will finally realize it's time to take off the gloves and ramrod legislation through with 51 votes like Bush did and aggressively dispel all of the false information being put out by the Fox / Republican machine. These people are well organized albeit they're scoundrels. They must be treated as such or it will be a bloodbath this year.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  260. Lynne - Port St Lucie, FL

    You're right, Jack. What a difference a year makes. A year in political terms is a lifetime. If the Democrats can learn a lesson from this and stop their constant bickering, with each other and Republicans, they can turn this around by the next election. 2012 is so far off, with the attention span of the average American nowadays, I doubt most will even remember this. What I don't get is how Mr. Brown justifies his plan to vote against Health Care Reform, but he voted for it in his own state? I know it has it's problems, but I'll bet if you asked them, not many would give it up.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  261. Mike in Illinois

    I hope what Brown's victory signal is that American people are waking up and beginning to rally against the Chicago machine politics that Obama has sought to entrench in Washington and against the socialistic agenda of the liberal Democrats.

    As an ndependent voter in Illinois I've long opposed Chicago politics and advocated smaller, less intrusive, and moraly and fiscally responsible government. It isabout time we started waking up before we lose the land we love.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  262. Larry

    There's an old saying "If you chase two rabbits, you will lose them both". Had the Dems presented a comprehensive universal healthcare plan, or at least included the public option they wouldn't be having these problems. They instead caved to the loud mouthed opposition and ended up giving nothing to either side. The dems are cowards. They had the power and failed to use it. Republicans never make that mistake. They vote stright down the party line and get things done, or in this case, not done.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  263. Gene Davenport

    Why is CNN still mentioning Sarah Palin in this report? Why, she's still a power player in today's politics.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  264. Ernie

    I think this shows the people are upset that the democrats were negotiating the health care reform amoung themselves without any input from the republicans. What gall.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  265. Robert - Leesburg VA

    Jack

    It means everything and nothing at the same time, Republicans greed is too great, thier arrogance is too broadspread, thier hatrid for Obama especially the colour of his skin is all too consuming for them. It means everything in the sense that good people who are in need of healthcare will be turned away in favour of the Insurance companies and thier kick backs and donations. Americans rather than rejoicing at this should shudder at the thought of "here we go again" only this time we may not be able to recover from the fractured state they will leave us in.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  266. Gary Shirshac

    Jack,

    All the folks who put him in office fully expected Obama to at least deliver on things that matter to the shrinking middle class..... job creation, bank and finance reform, reduction of the armed forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and deficit reduction. Instead he focused on health care reform (and didn't deliver on a public option) and looks like he's the banks whipping boy! He needs to stop trying to build consensus and compromise on every issue and do something constructive.

    Gary Shirshac
    North Conway, NH

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  267. Patriot

    It means nothing if the 41 don't hold together against Democrat bribes and liberal meda assaults. Some of them are up for re-election in November, so we'll see if they all stick to their guns or compromise their principles to save their seats. I hope Brown's victory means the American electorate is getting smarter. Maybe that will give Obama and the Democrats some pause.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  268. GLigh

    Most likely it won't mean a great deal, since our government is really run by the big banks and big companies, and of course the lobbyists. It is a shame that my middle class has to foot the bill for all the mistakes made by Wall Street. And what did we get out of it? Lost jobs and tons of foreclosures. And I'm convinced it will be more of the same for the next few years. We have to make sure that we send more jobs overseas, and get rid of as much manufacturing as we can. We can thank our government and again big companies for that. They should be ashamed of themselves.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:58 pm |
  269. Justin

    Obama took his support from Democrats for granted. How could they remain loyal when the health care bill has become so watered down? We want a leader that will fight for what is right! Not cater to Republicans that stick up for fat cats.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  270. Robert

    Republicans have achieved their Warerloo! A sad day for America.

    Tallahassee, FL

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  271. D. Kisting

    Scott Brown is "like a breathe of fresh air". I truly expect him to stand by his convictions. We need no more Nancy Pelosi"s or Harry Reid's! Even though I am not a "party person", this new senator will benefit the Republican party. We need real change in government. President Obama has done little to get people back to work., or anything else to get things moving. I welcome Scott Brown.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  272. Shelli Brett

    It means that America is finally seeing what an absolute joke the narcissistic Mad Man, Mr. Obama, and his administration are. They are not at all in touch with America and what we need, want and require. I pray for the day to say good bye to him and his cronies.

    Shelli Brett
    Mt. Laurel, NJ

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  273. John Bowlby

    Don't it turn your blue state red? (sorry, Crystal)

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  274. TZ

    JACK! It means the same thing it did a week ago. Obamas first year is a failure. Let me go through the list one more time 1.healthcare (rejected by the people) 2.cap and trade (rejected by the people) 3. unemployment (2% higher unemployment then predicted by obama and this was predicted due to his "jobs plan"). 4. promises not kept. obama went out of his way during the election to claim he would due things like close gitmo and open up health care to cspan. This was a lie it never happened. On top of all the lies and broken promises we have the stuff he has messed up like the chrismas day attack, the extreme lag on sending more troops to afghanistan, haveing lots of lobbist's to the white house (includeing a union lobbyist that has been convicted of a felony) i challenge you jack and cnn viewers what part of this sounds incorrect? what succses has obama had?
    P.S. I feel bad for you dems after we took Mas last night so i left out all the appoinment problems obama has had includeing failing to appoint a tsa cheif then when he did we found out he was caught abbuseing his position with the fbi to stalk his wife. Van jones, Tom daschles tax problems and on and. Lets talk jack i know your a dem but you seem fair lets get it all out there no more secrets he is failing and its hurting us all

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  275. Tom

    Obama and the Democrats swept into office in large part because the Republicans had become arrogant, corrupt, and incompetent during the Bush Administration......and promptly followed suit. Those knuckleheads obviously learned nothing. They're now getting exactly what they deserve. Can't wait until November.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  276. Kevin

    This means he is seen as any other politician now, vulerable and unlikely to regain his momentum from the campaign days. Big promises, pretty speeches, a staff that is filled with advisors who have steered the WH in directions most Americans do not want to go! People do not want this massive healthcare bill, massive spending, trials of terrorists who are war criminals, don't deserve the same rights as Americans, and to top it off, pay their legal fees. We got change alright, now We are seeing change that is angry and real. He is associated Reid and Pelosi, who ignore "The People", he is perceived as ignoring the people, and shaming this country and citizens by the very statements to other goverments around the world, and not standing up to the very dictators and enemies the USA wants to be separate from!

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  277. Bill Stauff

    All he has got to do is give us the changes he promised. So far nothing. All talk.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  278. jules robinson

    Too soon to tell, and too soon for republicans to be celebrating, many other issues still on the table and yet to play out, for example; economy turns around before his four years are up and that is a bigger game changer than anything else. Presidents win and lose on the economy and 75% of his term is still left, plenty of time for it to happen and it will by simple inertia.
    jules robinson
    Miami, FL

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  279. Roman in Wisconsin

    Maybe, just maybe, it will get accross to those fat cat politicians in D.C. that the B.. S..t stops now and you better start listening to the people of this country.
    But already the excuses, not a good candidate; this had nothing to do with health care, we have to push this through even harder, etc. Nothing get through to these dumb a..!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  280. jimbo

    One year anniversary.Iam a democrat and wish we could re-do last years presidential election I'm afraid we've got 3 more years of the same.Keep spending on things like healthcare which most americans really don't care about at the moment.Jobs would be a good start seeing several of my friends have been out of work for over a year.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  281. d ta;bprt

    we just finished 8 years under republican rule....it was a disaster, the worst 8 years of my life......wake up democrats.....dont let history repeat itself again....look where the republican rule left us one year ago....near the brink of another great depression.....

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  282. Mark

    It means one thing for sure. America has a super short memory.

    How could voters pass on the wheel to Republicans after the unjust Iraq war, Katrina fiasco, the un-supervised financial market, the total destruction of our foreign perception etc. etc.

    Obama inherited the biggest mess ever on a presidential desk. People have to be patient to see results.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  283. Mitchel Harrison

    Any bad news for Obama is good news for the rest of us!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  284. steve- virginia beach

    The f-word network? You're all f-word networks, especially the ones that campaigned for Obama instead of properly vetting him.

    It was game-over for Obama and the radical democrats when the citizen revolt began. We've only begun to clean house and they know it. But they can't pass everything through reconciliation so now that their dictatorial super majority is gone in the Senate, they have no choice but to allow non dems participate in the legislative process beyond voting. at least some of the time. After November Obama will be a one-term lame duck if we're lucky.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  285. Gail, Plano,Texas

    It means Jack, that people who live in MA have no short term memory. I feel as if I am in an alternate universe today. The GOP took us to an unnecessary war, caused a depression in this country, although no one will call it by its right name and now they have elected a man of the six pack to go to Washington. Are these people stupid or what? The Party of NO has stopped anything and everything Obama has proposed. But if this guy runs for President in 3 years, be assured he will win. After all, he is white and physically attractive.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  286. Kathryn McHenry

    It means that lies, half-truths, smears, spin, fear-mongering, charisma, pandering, money, hatred, self-interest, and IMMEDIATE GRATIFICATION is what it is all about.

    Kathryn
    Bainbridge Island, WA

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  287. Keith from Wisconsin

    It means he needs to do what he was sent to Washington to do, yes those things he said in his campaign.
    1)Remove lobbyists (he could start with the three in his cabinet and clawbach wall street bonuses and buy down peoples mortgages with bonus money)
    2)Transparency (CSPAN vs the alley behind Pelosi's and Reed's offices)
    3)Bipartisanship (or we will replace all Dems and GOPs with Indies)
    4)Protect America from terrorists not supply public trial lawyers for terrorists

    In short it means Obama like all politicians need to go do what they say they or they will be replaced. Borrowing from the Verizon front man "Can you hear us now?"

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  288. john

    The 52% who voted for Mr. Obama are discovering that they were hoodwinked – The "hope" and "change" Mr. Obama, the candidate, so eloquently spoke of during the campaign is not being pursued by President Obama. The people have spoken and will speak louder in November 2010.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  289. Mark

    Extremism in both the liberal and conservative form are not tolerated in America.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:00 pm |
  290. Sam

    What it means is that our first socialist Presidnt won't be able to get his spend and appease agenda of stinulus, health care, cap and trade, and goverment takeovers as well as climate change will never pass. Hopefully Reid, Pelosi, Frank Weiner as well as the rest of the Dem far far left can flap their lips and nothing will happen, thank god!!!!!!!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  291. pj

    It proves a couple of things.
    1. The people have very short memories, especially after eight years of republican cut taxes, smaller government policies that failed and created two wars, un- regulated fair trade, a banking disaster and near bankruptcy for the country.
    2. The people will believe just about anything their party says, without checking if any of the statements are true of false.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  292. Adam

    Absolutely nothing. Republicans have been going full speed ahead to dismantle everything President Obama hopes to accomplish and the Democrats have been going full speed ahead into brick walls. The Dems, even with the majority, could not do a thing. Why? How is it that the republicans are able to accomplish so much as the minority? How is it that Democrats can not do a G-dam thing except continuously embarass themselves? How is it that the voters in this country are so stupid that they expect instantaneous results for "change" yet pay no attention to every single Senator and Congressman who continues to put their own narrow interests first, blocking all Pres Obama and the American people hope to accomplish? Healthcare is destroying this country and it needs to be fixed. If it does not get fixed than this country will not survive. But then again, those running this country will never have to deal with the health care issues the rest of the country deals with and until they do, NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  293. joellen

    It doesn't mean much of anything. We are to the point where our attention spans are so short and our need for instant gratification is so strong (throw in a lot of 'we win, you lose attitude) and who is sitting in the oval office doesn't matter one bit.

    Our country is going to be run to the earth while it's voters go back and forth electing one party in and then the other party in all the while yelling at the top of their lungs, "We win! We win! nya nya nya!" No one person is ever going to be in the white house long enough to fix anything anymore. It's just going to be one great big shoving contest from now on.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  294. Paul

    The Massachusetts victory is not so much a Republican victory as it is a victory for the American people. One must continue to admire the forethought of our founding fathers, and their wisdom in creating a system whereby a an administration as seemingly unstoppable as this one can still be taken down by the "ordinary citizens" that elected them. This is how a country survives for over 200 years.

    Paul
    Basking Ridge NJ

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  295. James Rueckert

    This election should serve as a wake up call to all politicians on both sides of the aisle. America is tired of extreme political policies. The Republicans suffered a sound defeat a year ago, because they could not put the interest of the people first as they were in charge of the branches of government. The Democrats took the win as a referendum that they could follow their extreme left agendas. The American people are looking for an honest government who will put their agendas aside, and try to solve the real problems that we are facing. We want a strong economy. We want a balanced budget, And we want to see the waste in government eliminated. Once we have our house in order, we want to see the needs of the people met, in an efficient manner. Neither party treats the governments money as sacred funds that need to be carefully spent. The Democrats will suffer greatly this year, and then we will see if the Republicans have learned anything, or if they will again botch it as strongly as before.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  296. Ben in LA

    It means that 2008 was a rejection of Bush/Cheney policies (pre-emptive war, torture, overt incompetence such as Katrina, "tax cuts solve everything" mentality) rather than an embrace of Democratic policies (health care reform).

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  297. Graham

    So almost 1 year to the day from his elevation to the Presidency – Mr. Obama still wants to blame events such as Mr Brown's win on the failed policies of the previous Administration. When will he start being introspective and bare responsibility for his failed policies – on Jan. 19, 2013, when his one and only term is about to end? His Progressive agenda was over-reaching and overbearing and until the People see progress (Jobs, Growth and Lower Expenditures) his agenda will wither and die. For all the analysis and finger-pointing there is one fact the cannot be ignored: The seat that Edward M. Kennedy, a Compassionate American and Brother of JFK, held for 47 years, is now occupied by Republican. A Republican that used policies spoken by JFK (Tax Cuts) and a strong Foreign Policy to secure the "Peoples Seat" of United States Senator from Massachusetts.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  298. LJ

    I am an independent voter myself who is proud to say he swings both ways based on the issues. Like many other independents, I was put off by McCain's poor judgement on a running mate.

    The literal buying of votes to get health care votes was appalling beyond belief. Why does any sane person think Nebrasaka deserves a special break? Are people in other states suckers?
    I am sorry, but we are not.

    I hope the clowns in congress get the message now:
    Work with other side and find that common ground.
    Get federal spending under control...Don't spend what you don't have.

    None of you would run your own household this way...why is it OK to run the country this way?

    Watch out for the indepenents...there needs to be more of us.
    It seems that only independents realise the danger of extending blind and loyal support to any politician or party.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  299. Abhi

    You can't win them all but you've got to win the big ones. Another Copenhagen for Mr. Obama!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  300. Dan

    Scott Brown's victory is a repudiation of Washington's insane spending spree (Bush's unpaid wars, tax cuts during wartime, bailouts, health care, stimulus, auto, etc.) and that fact that the national deficit and debt makes everyone doubt any of these entitlements are sustainable. When rats notice a ship is sinking, they exit the ship. If Washington doesn't stop spending, this is the future I look forward to: (i) no Social Security, (ii) no Medicare, (iii) higher-taxes, (iv) lower quality of life and (v) perhaps seizure of private assets by government if they can overcome the pesky Takings clause of the Constitution.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  301. Murray Schultz

    I'm a supporter of Obama and I will continue to support his Presidency. His weakness is that he is a uniter and tries to play nice in politics. He needs to get nasty and play dirty politics like the republicans. I don't want to go back to the era of big business, big brother, and scare tactics. Vancouver WA

    January 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm |
  302. John

    It means people are finally realizing that Obama lied when he said that he represented change.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  303. Joe

    It means that, despite the best intentions ( I hope), the Democratic party in general and the President in particular need to "cowboy up". American society does not reflect a university seminar on proper government. Grow some and act like you have them, to be crude but appropos.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm |
  304. Bob Rossow

    Jack,

    This loss is being overblown. Memory is short in politics. They'll all be back soon enough trying to take money out of our pocket . . . maybe just a different pocket.

    Bob in West Suffield, CT

    January 20, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  305. John Whitbread

    It's more about Kennedy's ability to get elected than anything else.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:14 pm |
  306. Mar

    This does not mean anything. The MA people preferred one candidate over the other. President Obama is still working as hard as he always does and hopefully will get our country back on track. It is just a bit harder because there is one person added to the party of no!

    January 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  307. Marty

    Jack, no matter how much spin the media and both major parties put on it, it means only one thing – business as usual

    January 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  308. Jim

    I'm afraid it means Back to the future, Mr.Cafferty.

    I can't believe the independents would vote us back into the dark ages
    of republican obstructionism.

    One good thing about Brown's win is this will be a lesson learned
    by 2012 to not go back to the party who put you the mess you're in
    now. Brown will soon remind us why the republicans were voted out.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  309. Stan O

    Jack,
    What difference does it make whether the Dems or Repubs are in power. The people of the US do not come first to either party. Each party is on a power trip, and the interests of big business and special interest groups come first to both the Dems and the Repubs.

    What the People want doesn't count.

    We need to get rid of both parties!

    Stan O

    Aiken, SC

    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  310. timlwilliamson

    President Obama will need to move to the right --slightly. He'll move just enough to the right get the support of moderate Republicans, thus regaining the majority of support from across America. And still get most of what he wants.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  311. Norris Palmer

    It is not about Republican or Democrat, its about hiring people that aren't imbedded in the policial machine that is taking our country to ruins. He is a good Man and brings hope and a new start.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  312. MrUniteUs

    Democrats have to choose better clients, and put forth clear concise messages.

    January 20, 2010 at 6:16 pm |