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Massachusetts Special Election

Scott Brown's Win in Massachusetts: HuffPost Bloggers React

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In the aftermath, the commentary is rolling in. Here's a round-up of HuffPost bloggers' reactions, predictions, I-told-you-so's, and more.

In the Wake of Massachusetts

Madeleine M. Kunin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Madeleine M. Kunin

The biggest factor that influenced this election. When people have lost their jobs or are afraid of losing their jobs in the future, they lash out. They want others to know about their fears, their pain.

Blood Sport in Mass: All Politics Is Local

Caryl Rivers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Caryl Rivers

Yes, it's a shock that unknown Scott Brown could take Ted Kennedy's seat, but that had more to do with facts on the ground than on any seismic shock that prefigures national politics.

The Loss in Massachusetts: Lessons for Democrats to Learn

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

We liberals need to reclaim the Democratic Party as a party that is willing to meet halfway with conservatives and Republicans even if that means only step-by-step reforms on health care.

Massachusetts, Climate, and Change

Gillian Caldwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Gillian Caldwell

Before we all start investing in houseboat stocks and declaring the planet permanently doomed, I think it's important to remember a few key facts about where we are and that, as a movement, we still have immense power.

Losing Hope, Taking Action

Jodie Evans | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jodie Evans

Dear President Obama, Your administration and your party are in trouble. That is clear from the elections in Massachusetts and Virginia, from the dro...

Strategy Corner: Stopping the Republican Comeback (Deja Vu All Over Again)

Mark Penn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Penn

President Clinton's wakeup call came with the 1994 mid-term elections -- Obama's came a year earlier with yesterday's election in Massachusetts. Now Obama must make the kind of changes that Clinton did.

A Look Back at History...

Vanessa Carmichael | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vanessa Carmichael

In 1929, the bottom fell out of the German economy after the New York stock market crash. In four years, unemployment leapt from 6.3% to 30%. No German family was spared.

Message From Massachsetts -- What the Voters Want

Kenneth N. Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth N. Davis

Fixing the struggling economy that Obama was left by the Bush Administration isn't easy.

Sen. Phil A. Buster Goes to Washington!

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

His real name may be Scott Brown, the right-wing truck-drivin' former Cosmo centerfold and Massachusetts state senator. But from now on, his name might as well be Phil A. Buster.

Massachusetts Election 2010: Voting Begins In Brown Coakley Senate Race (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The 2010 Massachusetts Election is officially underway between Senate candidates Scott Brown and Martha Coakley. Voting has begun, and both Brown a...

Massachusetts Shows the Timidity of Hope Won't Cut It

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

The Obama Administration has cut far too many deals with the same corporate special interests that have dominated Washington since the Reagan years.

Massachusetts Voters Surge To The Polls

Wall Street Journal | GREG HITT, TAMARA AUDI and PETER WALLSTEN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The fight for a Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat, and with it President Barack Obama's domestic agenda, is coming down to one essential challenge: maxim...

Tuesday's Five Lessons for the Democrats

Aaron Zelinsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aaron Zelinsky

On Tuesday, the Bay State shook Capitol Hill to its core. Here are the five lessons Democrats should learn from this special election.

Jason Linkins

Democrat Martha Coakley: An Object Lesson In Complacency And Detachment

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ah, Martha Coakley. She truly is a wonder, isn't she? I'll be stunned if she pulls out this special election tonight, based upon my simple rule that...

Jason Linkins

Online And On The Trail, Coakley's Lackadaisical Effort Shows

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The Obama campaign very skillfully deployed all manner of technology to build, stoke, and maintain voter enthusiasm. This race suggests that the Democrats have regressed significantly.

Brown: Election Is 'Not A Referendum On The President'

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview on the even of Tuesday election, Scott Brown made his final pitch to state voters, urging them to cast their vote for him, against "bu...

Time for a Reset: Obama and Dems Must Take on Wall Street and Create Jobs or Lose

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

Barack Obama won on a promise to change the cozy insider game between Washington and big business but instead has done little to challenge the power of America's corporate oligarchy.

Left, Right & Center: Haiti, the Banking Commission, and the Massachusetts Special Election

HuffPost Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
HuffPost Radio

We are witnessing one of humanity's most unbearable tragedies following the earthquake in Haiti. It allows us to ask: Is this as much a story about poverty and failed governance as it is of natural disasters?

Democrats: New Pro-Brown TV Ads Are 'Illegal'

Boston Globe | Matt Viser | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Democrats in Washington are criticizing a pair of new ads supporting Republican Scott Brown in the US Senate race, saying that the spots are illegal b...

Red Birkenstocks? Can Massachusetts Really Turn Republican?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

As the Monday holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday approaches, perhaps the Coakley team would be wise to remind the state's voters of the principles that they and the Democratic Party stand for.

Democrats Must Combat the Swiftboating of Martha Coakley

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's seat is just over a week away, and Republicans are pulling out all the stops to win or at least come close. A Martha Coakley loss would be nothing short of devastating.

Obama's Martha Coakley Pitch: 'Put On Your Walking Shoes Again' (VIDEO)

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

BOSTON — President Barack Obama is calling on his fellow Democrats to "put on their walking shoes" and help Martha Coakley succeed Edward Kenned...

Progressive Group: Deval Patrick Should Nominate Dr. Atul Gawande As Interim U.S. Senator

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Next week, the Massachusetts state senate is expected to pass legislation giving Gov. Deval Patrick the authority to appoint a temporary successor to ...