POSTED: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 7:43am
UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 10:59pm
Scott Brown was a little-known Republican State Senator just ten days ago. Not anymore.
“The Independent voice of Massachusetts has spoken!" said Brown.
Brown's win rocks the political landscape taking the Senate seat long held by Ted Kennedy.
Top Democrats in the state looked gut-punched.
Martha Coakley, who lost the Massachusetts Senate bid said, "I wish we were here with other and better news here tonight, but we are not."
With Brown as the forty-first GOP Senator, Democrats lose their 60-vote dominance.
Do they lose health care reform too?
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said, "We will have a health care reform bill and it will be soon."
Some House Democrats say don't expect them to merely sign off on a Senate plan they reject.
New York Representative Anthony Weiner said, "When you have two out of three Independent voters in Massachusetts saying one of the reasons they're trending towards Brown is because they don’t like healthcare, that’s a sign we should say look we get the message."
Republicans couldn't agree more.
Tennessee Representative Marsha Blackburn said, "Lets re-center this debate and talk about what we do to get the costs down to hold insurance companies accountable."
For President Obama, a year to the day after taking office brings a reality check on his signature push.
Darrell West, a Governance Studies Analyst at the Brookings Institution said, “When you celebrate your one year anniversary - you want to go out and brag about all the things you've done. You don't want to talk about having just lost Teddy Kennedy's senate seat in Massachusetts."