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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 …
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Art Beast / The Daily Beast:
He's Done Everything Wrong  — Home - Cheat sheet - Buzz board - Big Fat Story - Blogs & stories - Videos - Galleries - Crossword  —  Blogs and Stories  —  Obama punted on the economy and reversed the fortunes of the Democrats in 365 days.  —  He's misjudged the character of the country in his whole approach.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Commentary
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.
Manu Raju / The Politico:
Claire McCaskill: No forced Senate health care bill  —  Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) has joined Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) in warning leaders not to try to push a revised health care reform bill through the Senate before newly elected Republican Scott Brown arrives.
Discussion: Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
Roy Edroso / Runnin' Scared:
Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate  —  ​The election of Republican Scott Brown to replace the deceased Ted Kennedy in the Senate from Massachusetts yesterday destroys the Democrats' 60-vote supermajority, widely presumed to be needed for passage of a health care bill …
Jonathan Cohn / The New Republic:
Dear Nervous & Frustrated House Democrat...  Dear Nervous and Frustrated House Democrat,  —  It's up to you.  —  A few days ago, after a year of debate, you were on the verge of achieving a goal that's eluded progressives for nearly a century: Creating a national health insurance program.
Lanny J. Davis / Wall Street Journal:
Blame the Left for Massachusetts  —  Democrats should be willing to seek common-ground reforms.  —  Liberal Democrats might attempt to spin the shocking victory of Republican Scott Brown in Massachusetts by claiming that the loss was a result of a poor campaign by Martha Coakley.  Would that it were so.
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 …
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Frank: Health Care Compromise “Dead”  —  Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) said any hope for a compromise between House and Senate health care reform legislation is dead following his state's election of a GOP senator last night.  —  “I think the measure that would have passed, that is …
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Associated Press:
GOP's Brown wins Mass. Senate seat in epic upset
Michael Cooper / New York Times:
G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats
CNN:
Many House Dems reject Senate health bill
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog and AmSpecBlog
Mark Silva / The Swamp:
Scott Brown: Republican, ‘different kind’
Steven Pearlstein / Washington Post:
GOP win doesn't mean health reform is dead
Discussion: Tim Blair
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:   On to Plan C  —  Sen. Jim Webb puts out a statement that puts …
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:   Why Coakley Losing Won't Matter That Much
Brian C. Mooney / Boston Globe:
Voter anger caught fire in final days
Discussion: USA Today
Myglesias / Matthew Yglesias:
The Senate's Underpants Gnome Problem  —  If you think about legislation in a second-order sense, then I think it's clear that a “bill to increase the number of people who have jobs” would be a very good bill to pass, both substantively and politically.  And Brian Beutler reports …
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The Hill:   Durbin: No attempt to push healthcare bill through before Brown certified
Greg Sargent / The Plum Line:
Union Big: Labor Won't Support House Passing Senate Bill
Discussion: The New Republic
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
TSA Nominee Withdraws Amid ‘Political Agenda’  —  Obama administration's TSA nominee withdraws amid ‘political agenda’  —  The Obama administration's choice to lead the Transportation Security Administration withdrew his name Wednesday.  —  In a statement, Erroll Southers said he was pulling …
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Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
The Times to Charge for Frequent Access to Its Web Site  —  The New York Times announced Wednesday that it intended to charge frequent readers for access to its Web site, a step being debated across the industry that nearly every major newspaper has so far feared to take.
Reid Wilson / Hotline On Call:
Pence To Meet With NRSC  —  In the wake of winning MA, GOPers are looking to put 1 more state in play if they can convince House GOP Conference chair Mike Pence to run against Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN).  —  Pence and his aides will meet with top staffers at the NRSC tomorrow …
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Josh Kraushaar / The Politico:   Is Pence inspired?  —  At least one Republican might …
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 Silva / The Swamp:
White House: Mass. ‘messages heard’  —  The White House faces questions today, on the anniversary of President Barack Obama's inauguration, about the Senate election in Massachusetts that cost the president's party its short-lived super-majority control of the Senate.
Discussion: Ben Smith's Blog
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Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
The Trials of Gavin Newsom  —  Gavin Newsom still looks glossy, like someone who'd play J.F.K. in a Lifetime original movie.  —  But the 42-year-old mayor of San Francisco sees his once glowing political future in less glamorous terms.  —  “I mean, oh, God,” he said, sipping green tea in his elegant office.
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
Ben Smith / Ben Smith's Blog:
Palin to hit 2010 trail  —  Former Gov. Sarah Palin will announce today that she's hitting the campaign trail for Republicans — including her former running mate John McCain.  —  Palin, who did not campaign in last year's governor's races or in yesterday's Senate race in Massachusetts …
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Peter Hamby / CNN:
Palin to campaign for McCain in March
Discussion: Riehl World View
Jon Walker / Firedoglake:
After Massachusetts, a Warning: If Dems Run on GOP Obstructionism, They Will Lose  —  Caution: falling poll numbers (photo: Quasimondo)  —  Let me put this as simply as possible.  Democrats control everything in Washington right now.  They control the White House.  They have a huge margins in the House and in the Senate.
 
 
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