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The Massachusetts Stunner: Democrats' lose 60th vote


to those who alerted me to fix headline: thank-you.

White House statement:

Statement from Press Secretary Robert Gibbs

"This evening the President spoke to both candidates in the hard-fought Massachusetts Senate race. The President congratulated Senator Brown on his victory and a well-run campaign. The President told Senator Brown that he looks forward to working with him on the urgent economic challenges facing Massachusetts families and struggling families across our nation.


Washington, D.C. - Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tim Kaine issued the following statement on the results of the special election in Massachusetts tonight:

"I want to congratulate Scott Brown on running a strong campaign and Martha Coakley on being a strong voice for progressive values.

"It goes without saying that we are disappointed in tonight's result. There will be plenty of time to dissect this race and to apply the lessons learned from it those to come this fall - but in the meantime we will continue to work tirelessly on behalf of the America people and we will redouble our efforts to lay out a clear choice for voters this November.

"I want to thank our state parties and our DNC and Organizing for America staff and volunteers all across the country who have worked tirelessly on this campaign and who will continue to support President Obama and work for the change we all believe is essential to getting our nation moving in the right direction again."
Scott Brown's Victory In Massachusetts A Complete Repudiation Of Obama's "Big Bang" Agenda

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"Barack Obama's Big Bang ... Theory Was Simple ... Use A Season Of Economic Anxiety To Enact Sweeping Changes The Public Likely Wouldn't Stomach In Ordinary Times." (Mike Allen And Jim VandeHei, "Obama's Big Bang Could Go Bust," Politico, 8/21/09)


Obama's Chief-Of-Staff Rahm Emanuel: "Rule One: Never Allow A Crisis To Go To Waste." (Jeff Zeleny, "Obama Weighs Quick Undoing Of Bush Policy, The New York Times, 11/8/08)

So Obama Pushed Binge Spending Agenda That Will Create $9.1 Trillion In Debt Over Next Decade, Nearly The Amount Of Debt America Has Accrued In Its Entire History Up To July 2008 ($9.5 Trillion). ("An Analysis Of The President's Budgetary Proposals For Fiscal Year 2010," Congressional Budget Office, June 2009; Public Debt,, Acces sed 7/20/09)

That Included His $787 Billion Stimulus That Has Failed To Prevent Double-Digit Unemployment. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics,, Accessed 1/19/10)

His Cap-And-Trade National Energy Tax That Could Mean 1 Million Jobs Lost Per Year. "Overall, a cap-and-trade system that reduces annual GDP by 0.34 percent per year can be expected to reduce U.S. employment by roughly 964,900 jobs per year ..." (Andrew Chamberlain, "Who Pays For Climate Policy?," Tax Foundation, 3/09)

And His $2.5 Trillion Government-Run Health Care Experiment. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT): "Just for a second -- health care reform, whether you use a ten-year number or when you start in 2010 or start in 2014, wherever you start at, so it is still either $1 trillion or it's $2.5 trillion, depending on where you start..." (Sen. Max Baucus, Floor Remarks, 12/2/09)


Last Week, Obama Told Democrats They Should Keep On Pushing Government Takeover Of Health Care. "Today we are on the doorstep of accomplishing something that Washington has been talking about since Teddy Roosevelt was President, and that is reforming health care and health insurance here in America. Now, believe me, I know how big a lift this has been. I see the polls ... But I also know what happens once we get this done, once we saw this law -- sign this bill into law. The American people will suddenly learn that this bill does things they like and doesn't do t hings that people have been trying to say it does." (President Barack Obama, Remarks By The President At The House Democratic Caucus Retreat, Washington, DC, 1/14/10)

But Democratic Defeats In Virginia, New Jersey Last November Showed "Voters Nervous About The Economy And Fed Up With The Political Establishment Dominated The Off-Year Elections, Sending A Strong Message To President Barack Obama ..." (Beth Fouhy, "Analysis: Nervous Voters Send Message To Obama," The Associated Press, 11/4/09)

In Virginia, Independents "Swung Wildly." "The independent voters who helped Obama in 2008 become the first Democratic presidential candidate in 44 years to carry the Old Dominion have swung wildly in a different direction. The swing from Obama's win last year to McDonnell's Tuesday: 23 points." (John F. Harris & Jonathan Martin, "Democrats, Incumbents Get Wake-Up Call," Politico, 11/4/09)

Creigh Deeds Said Obama's Agenda "Made It Very Tough" For Him In Race. Creigh Deeds: "Frankly, a lot of what's going on in Washington has made it very tough ... We had a very tough August because people were just uncomfortable with the spending; they were uncomfortable with a lot of what was going on, a lot of the noise that was coming out of Washington, D.C." (Jonathan Martin, "Deeds Points Finger At Washington," Politico, 10/6/09)

"In New Jersey, Likewise, Christie Won 58 Percent Of Independents." (John F. Harris & Jonathan Martin, "Democrats, Incumbents Get Wake-Up Call," Politico, 11/4/09)

Gov. Corzine Loss "Embarrassment" For White House. "A Democratic loss there would be an embarrassment for this White House and provide a jolt of energy to a Republican Party at a crucial time as it recruits candidates and raises money for the elections next year. Republicans won the governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia in 1993 and went on to capture Congress in 1994." (Adam Nagourney, "2 State Races May Put Lens On President," The New York Times, 10/11/09)


Bloomberg's Margaret Carlson: "In Massachusetts, Voters Saw What Obama Is Doing And Went Out To Stop It." (Margaret Carlson, "True-Blue Massachusetts Is Red Alert To Obama: Margaret Carlson," Bloomberg, 1/19/10)

AP: "Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to defeat Democrat Martha Coakley in a U.S. Senate election Tuesday that left President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and marred the end of his first year in office." (Glen Johnson & Liz Sidoti, "GOP's Brown Wins Mass. Senate Seat In Epic Upset," The Associated Press, 1/19/10)

CNN's Gloria Borger: "This Was A National Election ... Scott Brown Campaigned By Saying He Wanted To Be The Vote To Kill Health Care Reform In The United States Senate. And He Won." (CNN's "Larry King Live," 12/19/10)


Democratic Operative To Dem Members Of Congress: "Jump Ship Now ... Obama Can't Help You." (Chris Cillizza, "Scott Brown Wins Massachusetts Special Election Race," The Washington Post, 1/19/10)

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY): "I Think You Can Make A Pretty Good Argument That Health Care Might Be Dead." (MSNBC's "Morning Joe," 1/19/10)

"If There Isn't Any Recognition That We Got The Message And We Are Trying To Recalibrate And Do Things Differently, We Are Not Only Going To Risk Looking Ignorant But Arrogant." (Carrie Budoff Brown, "Weiner: Dems Should Take A Step Back From Health Care," Politico's "Live Pulse" Blog, 1/19/10)< /SPAN>

Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA): "If Scott Brown Wins, It'll Kill The Health Bill." ("Frank: GOP Win in Massachusetts Senate Race Will 'Kill the Health Bill,'" The Associated Press, 1/15/10)

Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) Said "It Doesn't Look Right" To Rush A Bill Without Brown's Vote. "'I think that's unlikely,' Waxman said Tuesday night. 'It doesn't look right to do that. He ought to be seated and we ought to see where we go.' Waxman would not speculate on which course Democrats might take, but said the party was committed to passage. 'Absolutely,' he said." (Carrie Budoff Brown, "Waxman: Unlikely That Dems Push Reform Through Before Mass. Senator Seated," Politico's "Live Pulse" Blog, 1/19/10)

Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY): "If [Coakley] Loses, It's Over." "Count Manhattan Rep. Carolyn Maloney among those seeing doom for the health care reform effort if Scott Brown stomps Martha Coakley in Massachusetts, reports Michael Saul. 'If she loses, it's over,' Maloney said just a little bit ago at an event with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in Queens." (Michael McAuliff, "Maloney: Health Care Dies If Coakley Loses," The New York Daily News's "Mouth Of The Potomac" Blog, 1/1 9/10)

Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin (D-SD) Said Health Reform Unlikely After Massachusetts Senate Loss Because Reconciliation "An Unlikely Course." "'Senate leaders chose not to use [reconciliation] because both of the restrictions the procedure imposes--limiting provisions to revenue rather than reforms--and because of the political challenges,' she wrote. 'It remains an option, but the bills would have to be modified and scaled back. A lot remains to be seen. In my opinion, it's still an unlikely course.'" (Patrick O'Connor, "Herseth Sandlin: Bill Prospects 'Diminish Significantly' With Loss In Mass," Politico's "Live Pulse" Blog, 1/19/10)

Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) Says Voters In Massachusetts "Not Happy About This Health Care Bill." "I think there is a message there and the people of Mass want us to listen. They are not happy about the economy. They're not happy about this health care bill. So they want us to listen." (Chris Frates, "Lynch: Don't Pass The Senate Bill," Politico's "Live Pulse" Blog, 1/19/10)

"Rep. Lacy Clay (D-Mo.) Said He Was 'Sure' That The Outcome In Massachusetts Will 'Determine The Fate Of Health Care.'" (Marty Kady, "Clay: Election Will 'Determine The Fate Of Health Care,'" Politico's "Live Pulse" Blog, 1/19/10)


I was just discussing this common error Saturday and here it is in a headline? Did dems loose or lose their seat?

Oh my!

Better run a grammar check on that headline...

To whom it may concern,

Please learn how to spell and edit.

The seat may have been 'loose' prior to the election, but in that case 'Democrats' would need to be possessive and followed by an apostrophe.

Since you wrote the snippet after the election, surely you meant 'lose' and not 'loose'.

Is the Sun-Times in need of bloggers? My English is very good, I am a native speaker from Chicago currently living in Krakow, Poland. Would your paper be in need of Eastern European correspondents?


That's what happens when Obama goes into office with lobbed beach balls of opportunity to do something great and shanks each one of them with peculiar incompetence.

See I told you not to vote for Obama, you can now plainly see I was right all along. Obama is and will always be a sellout.

They loose the seat? Have budget cuts left you without editors?

“Reform Deform” I say! I don’t know about you, but I think this Health bill is making America Sick. And nobody’s getting any better. And guess what the economy hasn’t recovered, so who’s paying the bill…You know with all this talk of our so called “healthcare Reform” I was wondering what on earth (in a perfect world of course) could actually constitute a good Reform…I guess this kinda got me on the right track though…

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