Political Article on “Republican Wins Massachusetts Senate Race”
This is a summary of Los Angeles Times’ "Republican wins Massachusetts Senate race" and a United States impact evalutaion.
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Republican wins Massachusetts Senate race — James Oliphant and Mark Z. Barabak — Los Angeles Times — January 20, 2010
The Republicans won a senate seat in Massachusetts breaking the Democrat’s well over half century streak, and bringing the amount of Republicans in the senate up to 41. Now with 41 Republics in the house, it will make it extremely hard for Barrack Obama and his Democratic party to get anything done. It is now unlikely that Obama’s healthcare bill will be able to pass with the 41 Republicans in the senate house. Obama’s attempt at fixing healthcare was Kennedy’s dream in which he called “the cause of my life”. Brown’s (the Massachusetts’ republican senator) victory in Massachusetts is so shocking because in well over a century, Democrats have won the senate seats. It’s also shocking because the registered democrat voters in Massachusetts outnumber the registered voters 3 to1. It is believed that the fall in democratic support is due to both Obama’s lack of attention to the economic problems of the country as well as the unprecedented expansion in the size, scope and reach of the federal government. The people who believed in these ideals are who turned a supposed cakewalk for Coakley (Brown’s adversary in the election) into a political embarrassment. The outcome of this election has greatly increased the hostility in the Democratic political climate. It is now in the hands of the republicans if they are going to try to keep pressing their liberal views in congress, or if they are going to try to be more moderate. Overall, there is many ideals and strategies for both the democrats and republicans to consider since Massachusetts election has brought the total republican count up to 41 in the Senate.
Republicans winning their 41st senate seat during a Democratic president’s term affects the United States greatly. This means that the high majority that the Democrats in congress previously had no longer exists. Since this happens to be the case, there is a good chance that the highly controversial healthcare bill as well as most other bills and laws that the Democrats had in mind to pass, will not end up getting the majority and being able to pass. A decision on the healthcare bill will greatly impact the United States. If the bill passes, then the way that uninsured Americans go about life (as well as many others) will significantly change. Having a congress with opposing ideals will cause congress and therefore the country to be ruled by opposing forces both trying to change the country to their own ends. The Republican Party gaining another congress member will extensively impact the whole United States of America.