A year after his inauguration, President Obama awoke today having been sharply rebuked by Massachusetts voters on Tuesday. Will the Democrats’ stunning failure to hang onto the late Ted Kennedy’s Senate seat lead to a failure to pass health reform in Congress? Some Democrats will want to do whatever it takes procedurally to get it to Obama’s desk, public opinion be damned. But Scott Brown’s ability to deny Democrats a filibuster-proof majority, for the purposes of health reform or anything else, was an undeniable part of his triumph. Massachusetts voters’ message on health care, warned Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., was “Go back to the drawing board.” It will be interesting to see what Obama and congressional Democrats think they heard Tuesday and to watch what they do in response.
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