Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate

Scott Brown Wins Mass. Race, Giving GOP 41-59 Majority in the Senate

The election of Republican Scott Brown to replace the deceased Ted Kennedy in the Senate from Massachusetts yesterday destroys the Democrats’ 60-vote supermajority, widely presumed to be needed for passage of a health care bill, or so it would seem from headlines (“House Dems largely reject idea of passing Senate health care bill”), from Republicans who cheered “41!” at Brown’s victory as if it were some kind of milestone, and from conservative Democrats like Evan Bayh, who portrays the election as a “wake-up call,” indicating that Democrats should propose a weaker health care bill that will not piss off insurance lobbyists and other powerful Republican constituencies.

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