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Suddenly close Mass. race threatens national Dems
AP on Yahoo ^ | 1/19/10 | Glenn Johnson and Liz Sidoti - ap

Posted on 01/19/2010 2:27:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge

BOSTON – In a contest with major national implications, Massachusetts voters chose a successor to the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on Tuesday in a down-to-the-wire election that became a referendum on President Barack Obama's sweeping health care overhaul and his first year in office.

A loss — or even a narrow victory — by once-favored Democrat Martha Coakley to insurgent Republican Scott Brown in this Democratic stronghold could signal big political problems for the president's party this fall when House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates are on the ballot nationwide.

More immediately at stake was a critical 60th vote for Democrats to save their health care legislation and the rest of Obama's agenda. A 41st Republican in the 100-member Senate could allow the GOP to block the president's priorities with filibusters.

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

Days before the vote, White House advisers and other Democrats in Washington began making excuses for they called a poorly run campaign on Coakley's part. Obama flew to Boston for last-minute personal campaigning on Sunday.

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

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: 111th; dems; ma2010; massachusetts; scottbrown; suddenly; threatens

1 posted on 01/19/2010 2:27:42 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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FRom AP

ApoPlectic


2 posted on 01/19/2010 2:29:43 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Scott Brown casts his vote in the special election to fill the Senate seat of the late Edward Kennedy in Wrentham, Massachusetts January 19, 2010. Massachusetts voters headed to the polls on Tuesday in a cliffhanger election for a new U.S. senator that could derail Democrats' dominance in Washington and scuttle President Barack Obama's top priority of sweeping healthcare reform. REUTERS/Adam Hunger (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS IMAGES OF THE DAY)


3 posted on 01/19/2010 2:31:27 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

So now the vile press has stooped to calling anyone who dares to challenge the Democrats, “insurgents.”

Shows what kind of country we’re living in.

GO SCOTT, GO!


4 posted on 01/19/2010 2:31:55 PM PST by wk4bush2004 (PALIN-BACHMANN, 2012!!!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Go Scott!


5 posted on 01/19/2010 2:32:36 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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scuppered and clouded. the Obama agenda.

sounds good to me.

US President Barack Obama speaks during a campaign rally for US Senate candidate Democrat Martha Coakley in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17. Republicans hoped for a huge upset in a US Senate election in Massachusetts Tuesday, which could scupper Obama's health reform drive and cloud his entire agenda. (AFP/File/Saul Loeb)


6 posted on 01/19/2010 2:32:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Hey ‘Rats! The East is Red!

Hopey Changey FUBAR!


7 posted on 01/19/2010 2:33:40 PM PST by NaughtiusMaximus (Screw the polar bears. What have polar bears ever done for me?)
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As Goes Massachusettes.. so goes the agenda..

US President Barack Obama waves alongside the Democrat's Senate candidate Martha Coakley during a campaign rally at Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Voters in Massachusetts have headed to the polls to decide on a new US senator, and possibly the fate of President Barack Obama's health care reform and other ambitious domestic plans. (AFP/Saul Loeb)


8 posted on 01/19/2010 2:34:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: wk4bush2004

They call us insurgents. I call us freedom fighters.


9 posted on 01/19/2010 2:35:59 PM PST by Enterprise (When they come for your guns and ammo, give them the ammo first.)
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To: Fu-fu2
Geraghty at NRO campaign spot says the Boston turnout is only 56% of what it was in 2006...
Someone is backstage, warming up...
10 posted on 01/19/2010 2:36:49 PM PST by BigEdLB (Now there ARE 1,000,000 regrets - but it may be too late.)
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Got any Tums, Marcia?

U.S. President Barack Obama (R) attends a campaign rally for candidate for U.S. Senate Attorney General Martha Coakley at Northeastern University in Boston January 17, 2010. REUTERS/Jim Young (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)


11 posted on 01/19/2010 2:36:58 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Suddenly, HA HA


12 posted on 01/19/2010 2:39:05 PM PST by boomop1
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To: wk4bush2004

>>So now the vile press has stooped to calling anyone who dares to challenge the Democrats, “insurgents.”

It’s just the Ene-media/MSM who are vile, not the country. Insurgents LOL. Cant these Obama jock-sniffers have anything else to write..


13 posted on 01/19/2010 2:39:19 PM PST by max americana
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Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley (L) speaks to supporters, with Senator John Kerry at her side, in Boston, Massachusetts December 8, 2009 after Coakley won the Democratic primary election for the U.S. Senate seat vacated by the death of Edward Kennedy. REUTERS/Brian Snyder


14 posted on 01/19/2010 2:40:45 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
Right about now Arlen Specter's career dissipation alarm has to be kicking into high gear.
15 posted on 01/19/2010 2:41:33 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: NormsRevenge; All

If I could Photo-shop, I’d find the right pick of Obamassiah and Photo-shop truck tire tracks on him.

Any ideas who to ping??


16 posted on 01/19/2010 2:42:00 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: NormsRevenge
State-ist steam roller hits its first land mine. Lord willing, more to come.
17 posted on 01/19/2010 2:42:47 PM PST by throwback
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To: wk4bush2004

“the vile press has stooped to calling anyone who dares to challenge the Democrats, “insurgents.”
Shows what kind of country we’re living in.”

A country at civil war. ~10% foreign-funded media & DC elite against the American people.


18 posted on 01/19/2010 2:43:44 PM PST by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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To: NormsRevenge

well I cast my vote for Brown I just hope to god he wins. We need some hope and change around here real quick.


19 posted on 01/19/2010 2:45:15 PM PST by utherdoul
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To: NormsRevenge


I did not campaign for "that woman"!


20 posted on 01/19/2010 2:45:53 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: NormsRevenge


Today was not the day to quit smoking!


21 posted on 01/19/2010 2:46:50 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: NormsRevenge
I can feel it.


22 posted on 01/19/2010 2:47:05 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: NormsRevenge


Yes, I made some mistakes in the campaign...
I should have posed nude and shown my two big ones...


23 posted on 01/19/2010 2:47:44 PM PST by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: musicman

potlatch and dead come to mind, but there are many excellent photochoppers her at FR.. just give it time, you lit a fuse or two already. ;-)


24 posted on 01/19/2010 2:48:14 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: FlipWilson
Right about now Arlen Specter's career dissipation alarm has to be kicking into high gear.

He and Harry are having a good cry right about now...

25 posted on 01/19/2010 2:48:15 PM PST by randog (Tap into America!)
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To: NormsRevenge
My Fellow Americans: IF we can take far-left-winged Massachusetts, we can take any state out there.

Don't let the flurry of feeble excuses from the democrats dishearten you...they are drowning rats looking for a scrap of wood to float on.

Time for the socialist/commie dimrods to go back to the home and attend to their basket weaving.
26 posted on 01/19/2010 2:48:39 PM PST by FrankR (There will be no jobs until it is profitable for employers to hire people....PERIOD.)
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To: Lady Jag

Thanks, I was looking for a pic like that.


27 posted on 01/19/2010 2:48:55 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: NormsRevenge
From the AP article....

....it played out amid a backdrop of animosity and resentment from voters over persistently high unemployment, industry bailouts, exploding federal budget deficits and partisan wrangling demoRATs ramrodding through health care.

Looks like AP almost got it right for a change!!!

28 posted on 01/19/2010 2:50:11 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: NormsRevenge

You have it now.

I can wait till this is finished.


29 posted on 01/19/2010 2:52:37 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag

Since you’re in Mass., how do you think it’s going to turn out?


30 posted on 01/19/2010 2:53:32 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

That’s why the traditional news media is going bankrupt. Too much spin and not enough hard news.


31 posted on 01/19/2010 2:56:41 PM PST by NE_PaleoCon
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To: NormsRevenge

Dang it, John, why the long face?


32 posted on 01/19/2010 2:56:51 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: NormsRevenge
And Zero and Rahmbo were dumb enough to make this a referendum on them.
33 posted on 01/19/2010 3:01:29 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: FrankR
My Fellow Americans: IF we can take far-left-winged Massachusetts, we can take any state out there.

So, very true.

But note carefully how it was done.

Brown was not a perfect conservative. He is nominally pro-choice, but with many appropriate limitations (parental notification, no public funding, no partial birth abortion, etc.)

The option, however, was a perfect liberal. Rabidly pro-choice, without restrictions and fully funded by the public. Coakley would've led the cheering section at a partial birth abortion.

So, Brown isn't what all of us conservatives might want on abortion. But, far as I know, he's solid on the other social issues -- and wouldn't have any problem voting for a strict constructionist judge. Plus, he's a national security and fiscal conservative.

In blue states, we can with guys (and gals) like this. Let's not be afraid to nominate them.

And, in red states, we need to nominate guys (and gals) like Jim DeMint.

This is how we win. And you've got to win...in order to pass conservative policies.

34 posted on 01/19/2010 3:01:57 PM PST by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Lakeshark
I've been holding my breath for days!

Just between you and me I believe Scott will win big. Coakhead will take some cities which will boost her numbers but the sane suburbs’ polling places seem busy as all get out.

Voting about 2 PM when it was snowing and raining there were elderly voting in numbers. That's an anti-healthcare vote for sure.

Still praying, though.

35 posted on 01/19/2010 3:31:55 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag
I hope it's a large enough margin not to litigate.

*Crossing fingers and holding breath here too*

36 posted on 01/19/2010 3:35:48 PM PST by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: BigEdLB

That was TOOO funny!

What a delicious day!


37 posted on 01/19/2010 3:39:48 PM PST by parisa
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To: Lakeshark

If Coakley wins it's a fraud


38 posted on 01/19/2010 3:41:36 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag

When do the polls close in MA? I’m interested in when we will start hearing results. Thanks.


39 posted on 01/19/2010 4:13:45 PM PST by fujimoh
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To: NormsRevenge

Liz has always impressed me as the whining little girl who lost her cupcake to the dog.


40 posted on 01/19/2010 4:28:51 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: fujimoh

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8 PM.

Less than a half hour till I can consider breathing again.

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41 posted on 01/19/2010 4:35:22 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag

YOU ROCK!

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!


42 posted on 01/19/2010 7:06:43 PM PST by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: Seadog Bytes

It is with deep sincere pleasure I thank you!


43 posted on 01/19/2010 7:38:59 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag
All *I* could do was send money. YOU got to VOTE!

CONGRATULATIONS!!!   I think this is HUGE!!! ...for ALL of us!


44 posted on 01/19/2010 8:09:59 PM PST by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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To: Seadog Bytes
Love your poster! I can feel its power.


45 posted on 01/19/2010 8:31:56 PM PST by Lady Jag (Double your income. Fire the government)
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To: Lady Jag
RE: Power

Yes, and yours, as well!!!
...At least you're not 'water-boarding' that pitiful creature.     :))

I hope the Obozo can... finally... feel the public's 'energy', too.

     


46 posted on 01/20/2010 12:08:41 AM PST by Seadog Bytes (OPM - The Liberal 'solution' to every societal problem. (Other People's Money))
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