Coakley Loss: 6 Ways Dems Will Have to Change

Supermajority is gone, sure, but so is entire Democratic strategy
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 20, 2010 11:11 AM CST
Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley concedes after losing the special election for Senate.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – “While the sun will still come out on Beacon Hill and Capitol Hill” now that Republican Scott Brown has won Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat, Ron Elving writes on NPR, “the political globe will have a new tilt.” Here, six things that have changed:

  • The supermajority: That's history.
  • Obama's agenda: Everything was predicated on stretching that supermajority to the "max." Goodbye tough climate change bill, financial regulation, immigration reform.

  • Democratic Senate strategy: "They wrote their bills to appeal to themselves and to hold their various disparate parts together." Without 60 votes, they'll need to use a new calculus.
  • "One-party" Massachusetts: The state "may have a Democratic voting habit," but it's also "anti-tax, anti-establishment, anti-Washington." And "the basic rules of politics apply here. Candidates and campaigns matter. Hot beats cold."
  • Obamapower: "The idea that his appearance and speechifying can change a basic dynamic is now three-strikes-and-out."
  • Tea Party power: The movement pumped "money and energy into the late phase of Brown's campaign." Still think it's "fringe?"

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