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9:50 AM ET, January 20, 2010


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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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: Firedoglake and First Draft
The Politico:
Fallout: Dems rethinking health bill  —  Republican Scott Brown's upset win in Massachusetts Tuesday threatened to derail any hopes of passing a health reform bill this year, as the White House and Democratic leaders faced growing resistance from rank-and-file members to pressing ahead with a bill following the Bay State backlash.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
Let's Play the Blame Game!  —  When a Democrat loses a federal race in Massachusetts, the default assumption ought to be that several factors are to blame.  —  Clearly the national environment has gotten worse for the Democrats since Barack Obama's inauguration one year ago.
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats  —  BOSTON — Scott Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, rode an old pickup truck and a growing sense of unease among independent voters to an extraordinary upset Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held …
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.
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.
The Politico:
Forces of change now target Obama  —  BOSTON — Republican Scott Brown's eye-opening victory in Massachusetts Tuesday has unmistakably framed the problem for President Barack Obama and the Democratic Party:  —  The same forces of disgust with establishment politicians and hunger for change …
Kathryn Jean Lopez / The Corner on National …:
Brown's Remarks — By: Kathryn Jean Lopez  —  as prepared for delivery:  —  Thank you very much.  I'll bet they can hear all this cheering down in Washington, D.C.  —  And I hope they're paying close attention, because tonight the independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken.
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: The Hill and theblogprof
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:   Far left has taken over Democratic Party, Sen. Bayh says
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Coakley Losing Won't Matter That Much
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Voter anger caught fire in final days
Discussion: USA Today
David Catanese / The Politico:   Exit poll: Health care mattered
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Frank: Health Care Compromise “Dead”
Discussion: RedState
New York Times:
Results and Analysis
Chris Frates / The Politico:
Frank: Congress should not bypass the election results
Neil Newhouse / TQIA:
Massachusetts Voters in their Own Words...
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fire in a Crowded Theater
Discussion: TPM LiveWire
Ezra Klein:
What Ted Kennedy would tell the Democrats
Discussion: The New Republic and Hit & Run
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democratic Party responds to Coakley memo: ‘Political malpractice’
Discussion: The Fix
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Pollster Frank Luntz having difficulty finding Coakley supporters …
Discussion: Talking Politics
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Case Study in New York Times Bias, Coakley/Brown Edition
Discussion: Big Journalism
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.
Mark Finkelstein /
Massachusetts: Olbermann Cries Racism  —  Amidst the innumerable excuses we're bound to hear for Martha Coakley's defeat, credit Keith Olbermann with likely the most loathsome.  The Countdown host would explain away the Scott Brown victory by accusing his supporters of . . . racism.  [H/t reader Will H.]
Glynnis MacNicol / Mediaite:   Donny Deutsch: Voters May Be ‘Comforted’ By Scott Brown's White Maleness
Michael C. Moynihan / Hit & Run:
A Strange, Strange Sight: Mass in Maps  —  Via the Boston Globe, which has had some very good local coverage in the last few days.  North Shore, South Shore, Central Mass, and the Cape (excluding P-Town, obviously, which gave Coakley her highest numbers in the state), all pretty solidly red.
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