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On Capitol Hill, gleeful Republicans blast Obama and Democrats

By Perry Bacon, Jr.
After loudly opposing the Democratic agenda while locked in a virtually powerless minority for the past year, Congressional Republicans declared themselves vindicated Wednesday by the surprising election of Scott Brown to the Senate in traditionally Democratic Massachusetts.

"Well, the American people have been speaking," said Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) at a news conference by House Republicans. "They spoke in August. 'Mr. President and the majority: Can you hear us now?' The American people spoke in Virginia: 'Mr. President, can you hear us now?' The American people spoke in New Jersey: 'can you hear us now?' And they certainly spoke last night in Massachusetts: 'Mr. President and the Democratic majority, can you hear us now?"

House Minority Whip Eric Cantor (R-Va.) said Massachusetts voters had "rejected the arrogance" of Washington. Rep. Mike Pence (R-Ind.) called for Democrats to "scrap their government takeover of health care." Miller blasted Obama as "the most partisan president that America has ever seen."

"For nine months, I've talked to you about the political rebellion that's been brewing in America," said House Minority Whip John Boehner (R-Ohio.) "It manifested itself in August at town hall meetings around the country. We saw it manifest itself in what happened in Virginia and New Jersey back in November. And we saw it manifest itself again last night in Massachusetts, when the people of Massachusetts stood up and said, 'enough is enough.'"

Republicans said they would look to reach compromises with Obama and congressional Democrats on health care and other issues. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said of Democrats, "we're prepared to meet them in the middle." Pence, chairman of the House Republican Conference, emphasized that his party was eager to discuss with Obama how to move forward when the president attends the annual House GOP retreat next week in Baltimore.

But Brown's victory could in truth embolden the party activists outside of Congress, who have strongly opposed almost any compromise with Democrats.

"Jim DeMint said health care was Barack Obama's Waterloo," Erick Erickson, a prominent conservative blogger on the site RedState, wrote of the South Caroline senator. "Yup. And the people of Massachusetts delivered the decisive blow."

By Perry Bacon Jr.  |  January 20, 2010; 2:35 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency , 50 States  
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Not only should Congress not be passing ANY laws at all, it should be rescinsding some of the bad ones that currently exist.
That's what the Republicans did this year; keep a bad bill from becomimg law.

Posted by: sampjack | January 23, 2010 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Opposing the Democratic agenda is not gloating, it is common sense. Now is the time for bipartisan cooperation. It is time for the division in America to cease and for our representatives in Congress to either start serving their constituents or quit.

This is not the time for egos and continued narcissism; it is time for America to come together and accomplish policies all Americans can get behind. If health-care is one of those policies, and I think it is, both parties need to forget their fringe agendas and start compromising and collaborating so that America continues to provide the best care in the world to all it's citizenry!

Continued partisan fighting will not generate one job. It will only drag our great nation down.

Posted by: 2009frank | January 21, 2010 9:43 AM | Report abuse

Gloating in this political environment is unwise, as the minute Brown was elected, he became just another car blocking traffic.

Posted by: Koko3 | January 21, 2010 9:24 AM | Report abuse

While Republicans are rejoicing, let me tell you what they better be taking away from this...
Independents, NOT Republicans, elected Brown into office. 20+% of Democrats voted for Brown.
Republicans had better get there STUFF together and quit singing praises and how they are going to do this or that...
Conservatives, Independents, Tea Parties are NOT endorsing Republicans for the sake of them being Republicans...
We are frigging tired of ALL BIG GOVERNMENT and BOTH PARTIES have contributed to this situation the United States is in, debt and jobs being the biggest.
If anyone will listen... make a TAX HOLIDAY for a year and see what the economy will do. STOP the healthcare bill at it is and have a BIPARTISAN COMMITTEE encorporate all proposals (yes, the republicans have great ideas) and get a REAL healthcare reform bill, not a socialist agenda.
Obama says out one side of mouth - deficit commission to fix the deficit.
Other side of mouth - going to NATIONALIZE STUDENT LOANS! Another stupid SOCIALIST agenda item and BIG GOVERNMENT TAKE OVER OF A SECTOR.
I could go on and on... but really, while I am conservative by nature, I would like to see ALL POLITICANS REMOVED/REPLACED.
I want to see Term Limits, pay reduction, benefit reductions and so on emposed on all politicians!!!! I am sick of them!

Lastly, set the example and PUT YOURSELVES ON THE HEALTHCARE BILL!!!

Posted by: GregBoo | January 20, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

The elephants in the room should be very careful about Brown's victory.
Given an alternative choice,both parties could find their a_ _'s out,and looking for work!
1994 wasn't that long ago!

Posted by: sdavis4 | January 20, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

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