trjacobs schreef:Nope, not good at all.
Although, I think the Dems were more than just a little complacent. People who've never been outside Boston seem to think Mass is a bastion of liberalism, it ain't.
You can't deny Massachusetts is the bluest of the bluest, and this election was a HUGE upset. Coakley had won statewide elections before and as attorney general was known to the public, whereas Scott Brown was only a mere state senator.
Massachusetts hasn't sent a republican to the senate since 1972 and has a PVI of 13 in favor of the democrats. The upset was brought by a number of reasons. Coakley was a terrible candidate. Brown on the other hand turned out to be suave, likable, credible, and allround good candidate. The majority of the Americans just doesn't want Obama's Health care plan, and this even in liberal Massachusetts. Brown campaigned on the very idea of making him the 41st vote against the bill, and won decisively on that platform. Also Harry Reid isn't very well liked. That doesn't do much good for Democratic senatorial candidates either.
The whole health care discussion has made Democrats and Obama as a whole unpopular. Also, the Republicans are now on the offense, the blame-Bush strategy won't work anymore.
I think it's safe to say the Democrats overperformed in the last two congressional cycles and we're seeing a anti-Democratic backlash as a result. In 2010 this readjustment will probably continue, resulting in more House and Senate seats to go Republican again.
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