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Votes Vary: Mass Senate Election

Last week a very important Senate election was held in which Democratic candidate (Coakley) was upset by Republican candidate (Brown).  The vote was particularly important because it sent a message that the majority of the population, most commonly associated with the Democratic party, favored Brown who is against health care reform and believes economic stimulus should be the priority.  This tells President Obama that his own party members are not all backing his Health Care reform plan since Brown’s election to the Senate will definitely result in one more vote against it.  One such voter, Victoria Vigna, is a prime example of a Democrat who voted in favor of Brown in last week’s election.  While she supports President Obama and believes in him, she simply decided that Brown was the better candidate for the job.  Unfortunately for the Obama health care reform plan, Vigna was not the only Democrat who thought Brown was the best candidate for the job.  In turn, members of both parties agree that the party lines are kind of a mess right now and there seems to be a lot of arguing that needs to subside if anything is going to get done.  Ultimately, the popular consensus was a vote that shocked the political lines, a vote that will no doubt cause Obama to second guess the direction he takes the country in.  The good news is that Obama supporters still show a strong level of support for him and believe in his ability to make the right decision that is best for American citizens.  As thorough and as careful as Obama is, he is unlikely to make a decision that is not backed with strong support from expert advisers and a vast majority of the U.S. population.  His next couple of moves will show the type of character he possesses and his ability to handle obstacles that lie in his course of action.  The expectation is that he’ll be just fine.  We have to keep in mind that there is always going to be strong voices of support and opposition when it comes to decisions that involve policies as large as the health care reform plan.

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