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January 20th, 2010
10:34 AM ET

Chilling message from unhappy voters

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Ed Rollins
CNN senior political contributor

The voters in Massachusetts sent a message loud and clear. Maybe even a "shot heard around the world." At least the political world. Tuesday night's victory for Scott Brown for the vacant seat held by the late Sen. Ted Kennedy for 46 years was a massive win for disenchanted voters everywhere.

His message that this wasn't the "Kennedy seat; it's the people's seat" reverberated coast to coast. This was the biggest upset of the political establishment since George Nethercutt defeated House Speaker Tom Foley in 1994. The message was similar. The winning slogan for Nethercutt was this "district doesn't need a speaker; it needs a listener."

Brown arguing that his becoming the 41st vote would make every senator the 41st vote had real meaning. It means that every senator needs to represent their voters and not be beholden to either party. And every vote counts.

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soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Michael

    MARTHA CHOAKLEY... Where were you in December? The NATION would like to know why our Health Care Reform is in jeopordy!

    January 20, 2010 at 11:18 am |
  2. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Healthcare reform is on the backs of Republicans and as the saying goes "be careful for what you wish for, you might just get it".

    January 20, 2010 at 10:43 am |