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8:50 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.
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 …
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
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.
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: Firedoglake
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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.”
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.
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
Why Coakley Losing Won't Matter That Much  —  Everything I'm hearing points toward a Coakley loss.  If you want to simultaneously infuriate yourself, and also console yourself that this isn't substantively that big a deal, read this: … Infuriated yet?  —  Okay.
Discussion: Dennis the Peasant
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
David Catanese / The Politico:
Exit poll: Health care mattered
Discussion: The Page
Tony Romm / The Hill:
Lieberman: Brown win would send message about healthcare
New York Times:
Results and Analysis
Jake Sherman / The Politico:
Kennedy's son: Voters want ‘blood’
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Chris Frates / The Politico:   Frank: Congress should not bypass the election results
Ezra Klein:
What Ted Kennedy would tell the Democrats
Discussion: The New Republic and Hit & Run
Andrew Malcolm / Top of the Ticket:
Far left has taken over Democratic Party, Sen. Bayh says
Discussion: Commentary
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Democratic Party responds to Coakley memo: ‘Political malpractice’
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Fire in a Crowded Theater
Discussion: TPM LiveWire and The Daily Dish
Matt Welch / Hit & Run:
Case Study in New York Times Bias, Coakley/Brown Edition
Discussion: Big Journalism
Tucker Carlson / The Daily Caller:
Pollster Frank Luntz having difficulty finding Coakley supporters …
Robert Stacy McCain / AmSpecBlog:   Massachusetts Union Official for Brown: 'Kerry, You're Next'
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Brown promises to fight health care bill
Devin Dwyer / ABCNEWS:   GOP Upset: Brown Defeats Coakley in Massachusetts Senate Race
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 Scott Brown's 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
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