BOSTON - In an epic upset in liberal Massachusetts, Republican Scott Brown rode a wave of voter anger to win U.S. Senate seat held by the late Edward M. Kennedy in nearly half a century, while President Barack Obama's health care overhaul in doubt and disfigures the end of his first years in office.
The loss of the once favored Democrats Martha Coakley in the Democratic fortress was a major embarrassment to the White House after Obama rushed to Boston on Sunday to try to rescue the sinking candidate. Her defeat Tuesday signaled major political problems for the party's presidential candidate this fall, when the House, Senate and gubernatorial candidates on the ballot nationwide.
"I have no interest in sugar coating what happened in Massachusetts," said Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Democrats' campaign committee. "There is much unrest in the country right now. Americans are understandably impatient NOK.
Brown will be the 41 Republican on the Senate 100 members, which may cause the GOP to block the president's health care legislation. Coakley Democrats needed to win a 60 Vote to defeat Republican filibuster. The problems may go deeper: the Democratic legislators to read the results as a vote against Obama's broader agenda weaken their support for President. And the results may scare some from seeking the Democrats office in the fall