One year into his presidency Barack Obama has been hit by a serious political blow after Republican Scott Brown won the senate seat of Massachusetts, previously held by the late Ted Kennedy for more than four decades.
Brown said: “One thing is very clear, as I travel across the state, people don’t want this trillion-dollar healthcare plan that is being forced on the American people.”
Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley. The result has sent shudders of fear through many Democrats who face tough battles in the upcoming Congressional elections.
The problem for the president is that the Democrats have now lost the 60-seat majority, potentially wrecking Obama’s legislative agenda.
Obama’s number one domestic priority, the healthcare reform bill, is now in grave danger of failing or being sent back to the drawing board.
Brown has vowed to be the pivotal 41st Republican vote against the sweeping changes planned to provide healthcare for millions of poor Americans.