The people aren’t buying the notion of hope and change that swept the country during Barack Obama’s historic climb to the White House.
That message was sent loud and clear in a blind-siding upset in the Senate race to fill the late Edward Kennedy’s Massachusetts seat when Republican Scott Brown clinched a win over Democrat Martha Coakley — whom everyone assumed would be the victor in one of the most historically liberal states.
What it means: Obama just isn’t living up to people’s expectations.
“Traditionally, in the off-year elections that occur two years after a presidential one ... that election becomes less about Congress and more about the people of the country sending a message to the presidential administration,” said Ryan Teten, political science professor at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. “A win for Republicans [in Massachusetts] sends a strong message that the people are upset with the Democrats. ... [It’s] the biggest political upset in modern history.”