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January 20th, 2010
09:24 AM ET

Democrats point fingers after stunning loss

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/01/20/brown.newspaper.art.jpg caption="Republican Scott Brown shows off a headline touting his win Tuesday night."]

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - Even before the polls closed on Tuesday night, Democrats were distancing themselves from Democrat Martha Coakley and blaming her lackluster campaign for her stunning loss in the U.S. Senate race in Massachusetts.

A top adviser to President Obama rejected assertions that Tuesday's vote was a referendum on the president or Democratic policies and instead took a shot at Coakley: "Campaigns and candidates matter."

For weeks, Scott Brown had been the underdog candidate, running behind in the race to finish out the late Sen. Ted Kennedy's term.

Trailing by double digits a little more than a week ago, Brown had edged ahead of Coakley, campaigning as the pickup truck-driving candidate, capitalizing on voter frustrations and vowing to send Obama's health care bill "back to its drawing board."

Coakley, the state's attorney general, had been considered a shoo-in in heavily Democratic Massachusetts, which hadn't elected a Republican to the Senate in 38 years.

But as Brown gained momentum and Coakley's numbers fell, Democrats rushed big guns to campaign for her, including Obama and former President Bill Clinton.

In the hours after Coakley's concession speech, though, Coakley's pollster Celinda Lake fired back at criticism that she ran a weak and misguided campaign and failed to recognize Brown's surge until it was too late.

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  1. Joseph Daniel " Brian" Lawlor

    If fingers are to be pointed let both parties point away at each other for it has been decades of mismanagement/mis-handling of funds that each brought about through their perspective parties.

    Now the Peoples still vote in the direction of their employer like the days of old where the workers were uneducated and easily conditioned and directed. If Democrats and Republicans serve Industry and Finance over the wellness and betterment of the Peoples then the Peoples should create a Party that serves the wellness and betterment of the Peoples over the self serving agendas of the few.

    Government, Industry, Finance, Academic, Military, Media, Religion(spirituality+ethics)and the Peoples. The seventh, Religion, controls the eighth, the Peoples, but are headed for destruction.Now if we regular Peoples have an understanding of all the parts then the words"we shall come to the unlearned before the learned" should have leaderships squirming in their seats as we progress with this globally.

    Leave a part of the body(individual, national, global) uncared for it could become sickly and cancerous killing of that entire body real time real time. How does a global body respond to a global crisis within that body is being seen through the actions in Haiti yet they are related to the United States and a failing health care system.

    January 21, 2010 at 2:44 am |
  2. Mitchell

    Wow CNN you seem amazed that everyone is not "mindless sheep" and that some people actually have the ability to think for themself. The democrats goal of a bankrupt and socolist country might just have taken a hit.

    January 20, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  3. Sandy

    Mass. are you serious! You've just put into office to represent you and unfortunately the rest of us...the male version of Sarah Palin.

    January 20, 2010 at 4:02 pm |
  4. Judith Crouch

    Having posed nude it would be questionable if Scott Brown could participate in a beauty pageant. Luckily he was just running for the United States Senate, where judgement does not matter if you are a man. In addition, the Republican party has the advantage of being Teflon, where negativity does not stick. Our country is in serious trouble as we are living on the laurels of the past. I would like to remain hopeful but we are at the tipping point. Stupidity will be the demise of our country.

    January 20, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  5. Jim Lawrence

    The american people are sick and tired of politicians!! In the beginning the country was run by statesmen, real men with real ideas, men that had the countrys interest at heart. Now america is controlled by politicians and lawyers who are controlled by lobbyist who are paid by the big corporations such as the pharmaceutical industry and countrys like Isreal to do its bidding and all at the expience of the american citizen. There is a revolt going on in this country. We want out country back, republicans, democrates and independents alike!!

    January 20, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  6. chris

    Who cares! It's not like anything will change. Lobbiests,big bisiness and lawyers will continue to do things for their own intrests and benifit! Not for the people! They run the show and jobs and the economy will be left in the dust! Business as usual! Health care? If your not working who cares about that! We live in a sad time!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  7. Bob

    Thank you Massachusetts. Now if you can please remove that fool Barney Frank........his arrogance is exactley what has brought us to this point.......Hopefully, the US will oust all long term politicians from whatever party, that tumb their collective noses at the will of their constituents, at the next election any of them are up for.........as Scott Brown has so nicely put it, those are The People's Seat's they are occupying.

    As to Wolfe Blitzer and his "Best Political Panel".....it's painfully obvious that people like Paul Begala just don't get it, or want to have any introspection into their actions or thinking as to what the people want. I found it interesting, that Donna Brazil was also absent last night w/Blitzer ......

    January 20, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  8. JB

    Mass, it's s disgrace to the legacy of the late Ted Kennedy.

    January 20, 2010 at 10:15 am |