Scott Brown Wins (AKA Has the U.S. given up on Obama?)

U.S. Senator-elect Scott Brown (R-MA)

Has the country turned against Obama?  Are the majority of Americans against Obama’s goals?

If you really want to know, perhaps you should check national polls or wait until the 2012 presidential election.

Perhaps Massachusetts voters are not in favor of Obama and the Democratic health care plan.  Perhaps they just didn’t like Coakley.  Regardless, I never give much credence to the idea that a local or state election necessarily paints a picture of the nation as a whole.

Either way, the Massachusetts electorate has single-handedly changed the face of the health care debate/process.  Which is either wonderful or abhorrent, depending on your political stance.

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3 Responses to Scott Brown Wins (AKA Has the U.S. given up on Obama?)

  1. Jordan says:

    So, what are your gut feelings on the matter? From what you’ve read, was healthcare legislation and Obama’s somewhat of a non-issue for the MA voter? I haven’t followed it closely but it seems that even if it was a relative non-issue, Obama and Clinton’s campaigning should have had better sway in one of the most liberal states in the union.

  2. roniweiss says:

    From what I’ve read, Brown got people out for him based on the idea of taking power back for the people, which was a thinly disguised way of saying that health care was being pushed through whether people liked it or not. All-in-all, it seems like he made more of an effort. I get the feeling Coakley thought she’d skate in based on the seat’s history and desire for health care reform.

    Brown is all about the common touch, with his pick-up truck being the biggest symbol of that. I think that always helps, but especially in the important races. Bush had it over both Gore and Kerry. I’d argue that Obama had it over McCain.

    Links:

    Days before the election, Coakley failing to disclose all of her assets: http://bit.ly/8zz6hF

    More on what went wrong for Coakley and why this might not point to it being a health care thing: http://bit.ly/8efizR

  3. […] Coakley seems to have lost because of a lack of a common touch.  In my comments to my prior article, I state that I think Gore and Kerry lost for the same reason.  Not everyone is an intellectual. […]

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