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3:55 AM ET, January 20, 2010


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Rasmussen Reports:
First Look At Massachusetts Election Night Poll Data  —  Rasmussen Reports has conducted an Election Night survey of 1,000 voters in the Massachusetts special election for U.S. Senate.  Data will be released on this page throughout the evening.  —  Polls closed in Massachusetts …
Associated Press:
GOP's Brown wins Mass. Senate seat in epic upset  —  Buzz up!  —  BOSTON - In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, 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 …
The Note:
Bayh Warns “Catastrophe” If Dems Ignore Massachusetts Senate Race Lessons  —  ABC News' Jonathan Karl reports:  —  Even before the votes are counted, Senator Evan Bayh is warning fellow Democrats that ignoring the lessons of the Massachusetts Senate race will “lead to even further catastrophe” for their party.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Coakley adviser memo: D.C. Dems ‘failed’ Coakley  —  The Coakley campaign is bridling at finger-pointing from the White House and Washington Democrats, and an outside adviser to the campaign has provided to POLITICO a memo aimed at rebutting the charge that Coakley failed and making the case that national Democrats failed her.
Boston Globe:
Live coverage of the US Senate race  —  10:57 p.m. — Brown: “I know I have a lot to learn in the Senate, but I know who I am and I know who I serve.  I'm Scott Brown, I'm from Wrentham, and I drive a truck.  And let me just say in conclusion... I am nobody's senator but yours.”
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Just Shut Up!  —  Message of the day to all Dems, Coakley, Rahm, Celinda Lake, national Dem committees, Axelrod, whoever, whatever: Shut the *$%& Up!  I don't know how else to say it.  I'm watching MSNBC and hearing all the key players dumping on each other.  As I've said, the Coakley campaign seems to have been run just terribly.
Discussion: First Draft
Martha Coakley:
ALERT!  COAKLEY VOTERS REPORT RECEIVING BALLOTS PRE-MARKED FOR BROWN  —  Contact: Alex Zaroulis (617) 549-0358  —  Campaign Manager Kevin Conroy:
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Lieberman: Brown win would send message about healthcare  —  A victory for Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown in Massachusetts would send a message that voters are “really skeptical about this healthcare bill,” Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.) said Tuesday.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democratic Party responds to Coakley memo: ‘Political malpractice’  —  A senior Democratic Party official responded furiously today to a memo from a Coakley adviser arguing that the national party bears a large share of blame for failing to support her financially and sticking her with unpopular policies on health care and Afghanistan.
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Kennedy's son: Voters want ‘blood’
Discussion: Weekly Standard and The Swamp
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Pollster Frank Luntz having difficulty finding Coakley supporters …
Carly Carioli / Talking Politics:
Boston Globe calls election for Martha Coakley?
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Coakley Losing Won't Matter That Much
Discussion: Commentary
Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:
Massachusetts Union Official for Brown: 'Kerry, You're Next'
Discussion: DaTechguy's Blog
CNN:   Obama's agenda is on the line in vote
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Weird Ballot In Cambridge?
Jeff Zeleny / The Caucus:
Blogging the Massachusetts Senate Race
Discussion: Prairie Weather
Ed Carson / Investor's Business Daily:
This is Romney's Big Night, Too
Discussion: TigerHawk
Michael C. Moynihan / Reason:
Notes from the Massachusetts Senate Race
Discussion: Sadly, No! and Blue Crab Boulevard
Philip Klein / AmSpecBlog:
Barney Frank Deals Potential Death Blow to Obamacare  —  Rep. Barney Frank is not a wobbly moderate in a marginal district, but a liberal Democrat who has been supportive of the health care push.  And that's why this statement below, which essentially rules out all of the options being discussed …
Christina Bellantoni / TPMDC:
Health Care Comes To Screeching Halt - Sen. Webb: No HCR Votes Until Brown Seated  —  Less than 15 minutes after the race was called for Republican Scott Brown, the first of what could be many conservative Democrats asks for leadership to put the brakes on health care reform.
Brian Beutler / TPMDC:
Determined or Delusional?  House Leadership Sounds Optimistic on HCR  —  In the hours and minutes before Republican Scott Brown won Ted Kennedy's Senate seat, House Democratic leadership sounded resilient, even optimistic notes about the possibility of passing health care reform anyhow.
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
On to Plan C  —  Sen. Jim Webb puts out a statement that puts the notion of a quick Senate vote out of reach and pretty much makes a certification fight moot:  —  In many ways the campaign in Massachusetts became a referendum not only on health care reform but also on the openness and integrity of our government process.
Discussion: theblogprof
Trish Turner / Fox News:
Top Senate Democrat Outlines ‘Nuclear Option’ Strategy for Health Care  —  A top Senate Democrat for the first time Tuesday acknowledged that the party is prepared to deal with health care reform by using a controversial legislative tactic known as the “nuclear option” if Republican Scott Brown wins the Massachusetts Senate election.
Ezra Klein:
What Ted Kennedy would tell the Democrats
Discussion: The New Republic and Hit & Run
Igor / Think Progress:
Lieberman Begins To Distance Himself From The Health Care Bill That He Crafted
Discussion: The Politico
Michael O'Brien / The Hill:
Webb: Stop Senate votes until Brown is seated
Discussion: Taylor Marsh
Peter Daou / The Huffington Post:
Liberal Bloggers to Obama and Dems: We Told You So  —  It took more than half a decade, countless American and Iraqi deaths in a war based on lies, a sinking economy and the drowning of an American city to finally kill Bush-Cheney-Rove's dream of a conservative realignment.
Discussion: TalkLeft and Pam's House Blend
Stephen Bayley / Times of London:
The day I decided to stop being gay  —  Twenty years after he came out, Patrick Muirhead, 41, explains why he is suddenly feeling the appeal of the opposite sex  —  A minor incident in a barber's shop last week has helped me to realise that I may no longer be gay.
Discussion: Box Turtle Bulletin
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Ian Welsh:
Coakley Concedes, You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet
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Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
The House Is Very Much In Play  —  With Scott Brown rushing toward …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fire in a Crowded Theater
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Daily Dish
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:
Donny Deutsch: Voters May Be ‘Comforted’ By Scott Brown's White Maleness
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