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Angry voters are heard

Posted Wednesday, January 20, 2010, at 1:29 PM

From the White House, following Republican Scott Brown's win in the special Massachusetts election to fill the late Ted Kennedy's Senate seat:

"White House officials acknowledged that one of the lessons from Massachusetts was the intensity of voter anger," the Associated Press reports.

It took them this long to understand? They haven't heard/seen "Tea Party" events or the voices of people at town meetings last year? I realize attendees at those events were more activist than the average voter but, still, they represent a larger group of people.

Actually, I wonder if politicians from either party listen to the common people anymore...


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'It is to me a new and consolatory proof that wherever the people are well-informed they can be trusted with their own government; that whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights."

--Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price, January 8, 1789.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 3:04 PM

The beauty of our system, I hope. The "belt-line" seems to insulated and shield our representatives from reality. I know they THINK they know what is best for us, but it is BEST to listen to their employers, us.

It may also be that Massachusetts saw a need for change years ago, but could not bring themselves to vote out Mr. Kennedy.

-- Posted by stevemills on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 3:59 PM

If this election is any indication, I believe that the American people have their hand on the flush handle and some political careers are going to be in the sewers come November. Senators Pelosi, Reid, Frank and Kerry should start preparing their resumes now.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 4:30 PM

DEMOCRATS STRIKE BACK AT GOP

ANGRY VOTERS ARE HEARD

The angry voters may have been heard but will they be obeyed?

Both parties need to listen to the people and obey.

I expect they will not. Healtcare is the tip of the spear to socialism and they will have to throw all their weight on it to stick it in.

Thanks to the people of Mass. for sending what should be a clear message. If they were in the south, they would probably have just been labeled far right wing racist extremist and dismissed by the DEMS. after a little name calling.

They truly did the country a service in an overwhelmingly Democratic State by opposing big government.

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 5:00 PM

It is time that we are standing up to our government officials and saying to them that either they represent the true majority or make sure the door does not hit them on the way out! Too many times we see to just sit back and let our government do whatever whenever it wants. That is not the way the Founding Fathers had in mind!!!!

I don't wish to over throw the government.... I just wish that we ( including me ) would start standing up for what we believe in, and stop letting the people in Washington push what they believe on us!!!

-- Posted by GOD Bless America on Wed, Jan 20, 2010, at 9:57 PM

I listened to obama speaking with George Stephanopoulos last evening, and IF we can take him at his word, it sounds as if he's committed to doubling down on the present agenda.

He's claiming that the Brown election is simply explained as a manifestation of the very same public desire for change that propelled him into office a year ago.

I hope the democrats keep believing that until November!

-- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:04 AM

One more comment here:

In an ABC interview on Wednesday, the president said the following:

"If there's one thing that I regret this year is that we were so busy just getting stuff done and dealing with the immediate crises that were in front of us that I think we lost some of that sense of speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are and why we have to make sure those institutions are matching up with those values."

Let me repeat that: "speaking directly to the American people about what their core values are..."

Mr. President, that's your problem right there; we don't need you to speak to us about our values.

You need to listen.

-- Posted by Brian Mosely on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:41 AM

Mr. Mosely you said it all. Thank you.

-- Posted by jim8377 on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 7:22 AM

sometimes i think people really believe that when they elect a republican instead of a democrat (or vice versa) something will change.

-- Posted by lazarus on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 7:59 AM

It's a two party system by the people. If you can't find the common middleground for lawmaking, then don't run for office. It won't end good as alot of incumbents are about to find out in November. "One party lost it's nerve, and the other lost their minds."

-- Posted by Cornelia.Marie on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 8:22 AM

I think also it could be a case of people being so accustomed to democrats winning they took for granted that they would again and just did not think they needed to get their "one" vote up there. The same as people expect states like our to "always" stay the same politically because it has been so for as long as they remember. The next vote there will be interesting because if that was the case the Dem's will be out in droves to take back what they let slip away. Or as everyone is saying it could be the best person won. What ever the reason lets trust the man to do what's best for our country first and party line actions there after, (the same for all who are up there, in all parties, acting for our best intrest). The party games have gone on far too long and we the people are the ones suffering from it.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 11:14 AM

wonderwhy,

Voter turnout has been described as heavy to extremely heavy by every outlet, so I don't think that is the issue.

http://wbztv.com/local/scott.brown.marth...

All polling indicates that Americans are tired of this administrations antics and arrogance. Americans don't want socialism. This can be witnessed by GM and Chrysler's falling market share, while Ford and foreign cars are cleaning up.

If the democrat party has any sense at all they would take a lesson form this election, but in their arrogance they placing the balme everywhere except where it belongs.

-- Posted by quietmike on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 2:37 PM

66% turnout in the 2008 presidential election, and not even 50% during this election...

It's safe to say, that if the same number had shown up for both elections a Democrat would have won this special Senate election. Too much voter apathy and just simple lack of enthusiasm, along with the fact that many just assumed a Democrat would win, is the reason she lost. The great part about this, is that it's a wake up call to remind the freshly elected administration that they campaigned on change, and those who expected to see it, have been let down. Perhaps much of what voters expected to see happen, will finally transgress, if not more Democratic seats will be lost. Congrats to Brown, for using millions of last minute campaign dollars to the best of your ability...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:32 PM

Actually Brown won because he was the better of the two candidates (which isn't saying much) and even Obama has recognized this. The Democrats fielded a candidate who didn't really make her self known and when she did, it was because of some stupid remark she made about an irrelevant issue.

Glad to see your usual bias remark darrick_04. Unfortunately you are too stuck in your party mantra to realize that many Americans are getting tired of BOTH parties and the political games they play and are voting to shake things up.

-- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 7:27 AM

darrick_04 and jaxspike, did I not see you say on a seperate blog that you two were the same person?

-- Posted by Liveforlight on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 11:15 AM

jax,

She was a terrible choice for a candidate, but I simply pointing out facts that when only half of the registered voters show up then the citizens really haven't spoken. Or perhaps they had, and most wanted neither candidate to win.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Fri, Jan 22, 2010, at 6:58 PM

I would like to know who to blame. Bush #1 or Bush#2 or B.Clinton or Obama We had better study hard what they have done for this country to help it or to harm it. Most go by party no matter what they do to our country they are blind to the parties and will support a man based on his party If he was a moron he would be supported by his party. That is what has happened to this country. I will have to say I see Obama trying to do more than any president we have had in years. have you ever thought what you would do if you were in his shoes and walked into the mess that he did. and has never been supported by the racist and political groups trying to keep him down I SAY WAKE UP AMERICA AND PRAY FOR OUR PRESIDENT OF THESE UNITED STATES. GOD WILL BLESS AMERICA AGAIN AS HE HAS SO MANY TIMES. WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO LOVE ???? ALL I SEE IS HATE HATE AND MORE HATE ALSO YOU CHURCH GOERS LOVE IS CHRIST. LET HIM IN HIS HOUSE AND IN YOUR HART

-- Posted by gary ashley on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 11:04 AM

If I were in his shoes, I wouldn't try to spend my way out of debt. I would let businesses who made unsound decisions suffer the consequences. I would realize that a massive health care plan that raises taxes will cost jobs and take us deeper into the recession. I would stay at home instead of worrying about the Olympics with oprah, or jetting around the world apologizing for America. I would spend less time talking about problems on TV, and more time actually DOING SOMETHING.

But what can you expect from a man with no practical experience, who spent the majority of his adult life surrounded by virulent radicals who hate the U.S.?

-- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 9:05 PM

But what can you expect from a man with no practical experience, who spent the majority of his adult life surrounded by virulent radicals who hate the U.S.?

-- Posted by quietmike on Sun, Jan 24, 2010, at 9:05 PM

... and quietmike is the guy we will read about years from now who is credited for wanting to "DO NOTHING" yet in the same comment, wants Obama to actually "DO SOMETHING".... doesn't make a lot of sense.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Jan 25, 2010, at 7:08 PM

WOW! This is still the same.

-- Posted by Momof3&3step&1gran on Mon, Feb 1, 2010, at 4:47 PM

Congrats to Brown, for using millions of last minute campaign dollars to the best of your ability...

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Thu, Jan 21, 2010, at 6:32 PM

Ha ha! Good one darrick_o4...not! I believe it had more to do with the "Cornhusker Kickback" and so does former President Bill Clinton:

"That Nebraska thing is really hurting us," former President Bill Clinton told House Democrats a few days before the Jan. 19 Massachusetts special election.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/news/ap...

-- Posted by Midnight Rider on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 3:33 AM

I wish the tea baggers had spoke up 8 years ago. Where were they when George Bush broke our country. They were not to concerned about the deficit then. Now that Obama is trying to fix it they have rose up again just like they did in the 1920s only then they wore white sheets.They do not reprsent the majority of Americans. You never see people of color in the croud.Brown may be a better candidate but if that had been a female or Mr Obama that posed nude there would be outrage among some conservatives and they would never have ben elected.

-- Posted by lets be real on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 12:13 PM


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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.