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Analyzing the Massachusetts Senate race (VIDEO)

As part of the ongoing Fix-Newshour midterm elections collaboration -- we call the partnership "Fixhour" (has a nice ring to it, no?) -- we spoke with PBS online correspondent Hari Sreenivasan this morning about how Massachusetts Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R) won and what it tells us about the political landscape going forward.

Here's the result:

By Chris Cillizza  |  January 20, 2010; 5:30 PM ET
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Oh quit whining, Chris, it's so unbecoming in an adult.

And you really have nothing to complain about so you can quit wringing that handkerchief. Your acceptance of the trolls has achieved what your server room guy couldn't. With an uncertain number of unemployed halfwits carpet-posting the blog with gratingly stupid writing everyone who was worth reading gave up and departed long ago. Now you can whistle while the hit counts pile up and pay no mind to the depravity that's behind them.

So Jake/37th and Moonbat/zouk/etc. can do the round the clock rotations and maybe twice a day someone not entirely brainless will try to be heard over the noise, but it's not enough to make your blog anything like a rhetorical success. But hey, it's not art that pats the bills, now, is it?

Quit griping. This is what you wanted. Unemployed racists trolling away.

Posted by: Noacoler | January 21, 2010 3:12 AM | Report abuse

Hmm. I'm listening to Imogen Heap at the moment (give it a try, CC!), but was intrigued to check out what comments might be on this post.

For my part, I see CC's work as the starting point for a potential conversation. Mark's where do we go from here question was a good jumping off point on another thread.

Well, Primo and Secondo will be waking up in about 5 hours, so it's time to put the Blade to bed.


Posted by: FairlingtonBlade | January 21, 2010 2:34 AM | Report abuse


I hate to say it, but it sure seems like there was a group of them here - they seem to leave and come back en masse.

It does not make sense

Unless they are coordinated in some way - or actually in the same room working together.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 21, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Mr. Cillizza:

I think you need to keep banning them first thing you notice it. Don't talk to them or ask them why they keep coming back. Delete any posts they were able to sneak in as well.

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 11:12 PM | Report abuse


Thanks for catching the error...I got the old embed code from a conversation I had last week.

The correct video -- filmed today -- is now posted.

And, you are absolutely right, some of the regular commenters on the blog pay so little attention to the actual content that they didn't even notice (or care).

To be frank, I struggle with what to do with the comments section. If people who are banned by IP address are committed -- and able -- to change their IP addresses to come back and continue their disruption and rule-breaking I am just not sure what the right next step forward is.

I'd welcome suggestions from any regular commenters who actually take the time to engage with the content I am providing.

And, Fairfax, thanks again for being one of the good guys/gals.


Posted by: Chris_Cillizza | January 20, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse


Wasn't it Sen. Webb (D-VA) who had the metal detector problem with an actual firearm?

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I guess one has to say that Obama and the democrats are dazed and confused about what to do next.

They are like stunned deer looking into the headlights of on coming cars.

They just spoke about Obama not having any flexibility - and refusing to moderate his policies. The speculation is the Obama is just too radical and he won't moderate.

As we were discussing yesterday - the rubber hits the road in HOUSE - and are the House democrats going to be so concerned about the Massachusetts race that they will shut down the health care bll.

It is clear now that Pelosi and Obama are going to try to convince them to proceed.

However, every political observer who knows what they are talking about is shaking their heads - knowing that the political realities have shifted to such an extent that it is over, one way or another.

WHAT IS STUNNING is that Obama, Gibbs, Axelrod and Pelosi don't seem to realize this right away.

One can make the argument that better politicians would have never gotten themselves into this position to begin with - however the lack of recognition of the political realities is more stunning than Obama sending a terrorist a lawyer so the terrorists knows to remain silent.

Even more amazing than Scott Brown winning has been the reaction of Obama and the democrats.

I got the impression that George Stephanopolous simply could not believe what Obama was telling him.

I got the impression last night that Chris Matthews simply could not believe what Rachel Maddow was saying last night.

Howard Dean was interviewed today - Chris Matthews again could not understand where Dean was coming from and how detached from reality he is.

They were saying weird things like, these are the liberals in Massachusetts, who want a bill which is even further left - so they voted for Scott Brown.

Obama said the anger behind Scott Brown was the same anger that elected him - no this is different anger - at Obama.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 10:14 PM | Report abuse


Broad___joe doesn't take too well to a good ribbing apparently.

He has been extremely mean over a long time.

This is the first time he has had to deal with the death of his dream of Obama being canonized.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:58 PM | Report abuse

Obama has really taken some hard hits this month.

First, the bomb on the plane in Detroit exposed his weakness on terror.

Obama gave the terrorist a lawyer, instead of a long term at Gitmo.

Obama first tried to call the terrorist "an isolated extremist."

That hurt - and it brought out other things like Obama releasing terrorists to Yemen the very week before.

Now, the Scott Brown situation.

It is amazing that Coakley brought Obama to Massachusetts - Obama was her problem, so why would she bring him up there to hug Obama?

That only solidified the electorate.

We really have to keep an eye on Obama - the Pentagon report on the Fort Hood incident apparently included no word of Islam, or even the name of the shooter.

Now what kind of review could that be?


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:52 PM | Report abuse

Good one Suzy

The people of Massachusetts want to stop the health care bill - I have no idea why the democrats in Washington want to continue with this bill.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse


That's cool - it sounds like a good night - I thought you might have gone to the hotel where the Brown reception was being held.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:19 PM

No, I didn't go to the hotel because I thought Broadwayjoe would be there. I heard he has his own copy of the Cosmo centerfold of Brown and was trying to get it autographed.

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 20, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

Today marks three years until Obama leaves office.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:22 PM | Report abuse


That's cool - it sounds like a good night - I thought you might have gone to the hotel where the Brown reception was being held.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:19 PM | Report abuse


You should apologize to the American People


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 9:16 PM | Report abuse

MM, I wonder how far a female candidate would have gotten with that kind of...exposure.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

No question that Rasmussen's polls fixe-, er, predicted the race's outcome. :)

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse


How is everyone up there - Is everyone happy? Did you go to the party for Brown last night ???

What is everyone saying???

Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 8:37 PM

Hello 37,

Yes, the party was great. I made my boyfriend host it. Titus, my German Shepherd came along too. FedEx delivered the special treat I promised him (a smoked organic buffalo bone) just in time before I left for the party. Titus mostly sat in a corner all night and chewed away while everyone else had Sam Adams and pizza (my favorite combo).

The main issues around here were the death of the health care bill (yes!!) and the dislike of Obama himself. The trial of the terrorists in civil court was discussed a lot also. Everybody hates that.

I really enjoyed watching Coakley's concession speech. Did you notice how she directly thanked her family, her staff, President Clinton, the Kennedys, the governor, the Muppets, Broadwayjoe.... everyone but Obama! Ha Ha! (Actually she did indirectly thank Obama but it was clear who she thought the big loser was!)

It was a good time and everyone kept warm.

Next November, when we take over the House, we'll have our version of Mardi Gras!

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 20, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe, $7 million can stampede a lot of voters.

I'm looking forward to Senator Brown's brilliant legislation. First he's got to get that staple out of his pelvis or he'll never make it through the metal detectors on Capitol Hill.

Posted by: margaretmeyers | January 20, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse


How is everyone up there - Is everyone happy? Did you go to the party for Brown last night ???

What is everyone saying???

People today are saying that Obama being soft on terrorism was an issue up there, is that true ???


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 8:37 PM | Report abuse


How do you feel about Rasmussen today ??


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse


How do you feel about Rasmussen today ??


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse

Broadwayjoe, it's good to see you back! And you didn't even change your name. Do you still think Coakley is leading Brown by 15 points?

Posted by: SuzyCcup | January 20, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

Back on topic:

Dingy Harry Reid said Wednesday that there is no firm commitment for Democrats to rush a healthcare bill through Congress this year.

“First of all, we’re not going to rush into anything,” he said. “We’re going to wait until the new senator arrives until we do anything more on health care.”


Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse


Today marks three years until Obama leaves office.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 7:56 PM | Report abuse


I did watch the earlier video that was posted (but taken down) before posting my comments. As you can tell, this thread was put back up at 5:30 PM ET (my comment is even time-stamped prior to that). Thanks for the unwarranted aspersions though.

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 7:54 PM | Report abuse


I was starting to get worried you went off a bridge without one of those bungie cords attached!!! At least we agree that Barack Hussein Obama ("BHO") is a loser now : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

@fairfax: Don't waste your breath. They don't care. They're too busy hootin and hollerin about the Brown win. They still can't believe the fake controversies (see Curt Schilling), false narratives, and bogus polls they publicized non-stop got their candidate elected. Give credit where it's due. Congrats, guys. You won this round.

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

Did you post the right "Fixhour"? This describes the election as being in the future (both Brown and Coakley are described as "candidates") as of this comment. You may want to double-check what video you are linking to.

By the way, this shows nobody else in the comments section even bothered to watch the video, since it's obviously a bad link and that jumps out right away. They are having a right wing nutcase convention on your dime and with your megaphone and not even giving you the courtesy of looking at the work you do. I find this dispiriting and it also helps put their comments at their true value of zero.

Posted by: fairfaxvoter | January 20, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse


Scott Brown
The Fix
Matt Drudge
Tea Party President Dale Robertson
Racial proxy movements
Voting Irregularities
Young Republicans President Audra Shay
Big Pharma
Big Insurance
Mr. 3__"
Rasmussen "polls"


300 million Americans
Folks without health insurance
"Spiderman III" (unwatchable)
Legitimate polls
Posters in defense of liberty
The Washington Post

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 20, 2010 7:16 PM | Report abuse

re. Analyzing the Mass. Senate race.

What's to analyze?
The most liberal, most Democrap Socialist State in the country rejected Comrade Obama's, and the Democrap Socialist's agenda to turn our country into what Saul Alinski envisioned in his book of "Rules for Radicals"--a Socialist Communist Workers Paradise.
It didn't stop Obama and the Democrap Socialist's though.
CNSNews and Drudge last night reported that: "Obama to Nationalize $103 billion Student Loan Industry with Pending Bill".
Lemme see now.
Comrade Obama and the Democrap Socialist's have already Nationalized the Mortgage Companies, the banks, the Insurance Companies, private industries like GM and Chrysler, and they're trying to Nationalize the Health Care Companies, Drug Companies, and now the Student Loan Industry, all within only one year. No wonder that even the most liberal Democrap Socialist State in the country, Mass., has figured out Obama's and the Democrap Socialist's agenda, and are starting to get scared.
The midterm election will be fun when the failed Obama administrations chickens will be coming home to roost, and when the rest of the country will show Obama and the Democrap Socialists that the American people want no part of Socialism and Communism.

Posted by: armpeg | January 20, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

That reminds me of another lesson that Obama could learn from GWB (back in 2006):

"Look, this is a close election. If you look at race by race, it was close. The cumulative effect, however, was not too close. It was a thumping.

But nevertheless, the people expect us to work together. That's what they expect.

And as I said in my opening comments, you know, there comes responsibility with victory.

And that's what Nancy Pelosi told me this morning. She said in the phone call she wants to work together. And so do I. And so, that's how you deal with it.

This isn't my first rodeo. In other words, this is not the first time I've been in a campaign where people have expressed themselves in different kinds of ways.

But I have learned that, you know, if you focus on the big picture -- which in this case is our nation -- and issues we need to work together on, you can get stuff done."

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Action on jobs would probably have addressed much of the protest in Massachusetts. As I reflect on what would have been different under a Clinton administration, I come down to that one. I think a Clinton alternate universe would have done some kind of fiscal rescue for the economy, would probably have end strength problems in Afghanistan and Iraq because the tradespace to surge in Afghanistan would be absent, would have no health care bill on the table, but would certainly have had a jobs bill.

Posted by: Publius14 | January 20, 2010 6:30 PM | Report abuse

If Nancy tries to jam health care down the throats of America now, she will lose 100 seats in the House in November, and she will suffer the worst lost of any Speaker in history.

I really can't imagine that they would go down that path.

However, it appears that at least a good part of the democratic leadership wants to do it.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Obama way overreached on his agenda.

The problem Obama really has is he never "took care of business" with the economy and national security.

If Obama had prioritized the economy and national security - and then hit this health care debacle - it wouldn't have been so bad.

However, Obama's judgement is off -

Obama actually went before Congress in September and basically said that he was going to put the economy aside and concentrate on health care.

Obama has to come to the realization that the American people do not want his version of the health care plan - the idea that health care is the path for him is simply wrong.

And don't forget terrorism was an issue.

The terrorism issue was large on voters' minds - and Obama has only himself to blame for that - by being soft on terrorism and insisting on staying on the golf course after a bomb was found on a plane.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 6:08 PM | Report abuse


Another "choice" would be to focus on jobs (maybe with incremental healthcare options, including TORT REFORM, that they can get GOP support on). I think that's what the voters in Massachusetts want at least.

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Unless they have a line on a rogue Republican, the Democrats have little choice but to just let the Republicans filibuster and get it over with. The Civil Rights Act took 57 days of that, but it got passed. It would all be over by April. If pundits rated the speakers and handicapped the options, it might even be over sooner.

Posted by: Publius14 | January 20, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It seems like Obama is sort of throwing everything out there to explain away losing in Massachusetts.

Obama was saying he didn't communicate that well, that he lost touch with the American people - even saying the problems are 8 years old - basically blaming Bush.

Obama needs to change. LOL Doesn't really seem like he is going to do that.

Looks like Obama wants to still jam health care down everyone's throat.

Obama is actually lucky that he has between now and November to change, to drop the health care plan - not like Clinton who lost Congress when he wasn't expecting it and never recovered.


Posted by: 37thand0street | January 20, 2010 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Damn, Obama had 365 days to turn this thing around,and I voted for him. Its the same or worse geopolitical, military, social, financial and economic problems as before he took office and HE HAS NOT SOLVED THEM. He is an absolute failure. I knew "those" people would let us down the minute we gave them some responsibility....Next time I am going to vote wise thinking republicans from a good family.

Posted by: october30 | January 20, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Keep up the good work, Chris : )

Posted by: JakeD | January 20, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse






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