Winners and Losers in the Massachusetts special election

The Fix
Copyright 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010; 1:40 PM

Sen.-elect Scott Brown's (R) stunning upset in Tuesday's Massachusetts special election has shocked the political world, forcing the White House and Congressional Democrats to reconsider their next steps legislatively and politically with the 2010 midterm election looming in less than ten months. The most obvious winner from last night was Brown, a little known state Senator -- one of five(!) Republicans in the chamber -- who, in the space of a few days, has become a nationally known figure and, in some circles, is already being discussed as a potential vice presidential candidate. And, the big losers are apparent as well: state Attorney General Martha Coakley, who saw a sure-thing Senate seat disappear into thin air in the space of a week, and the White House who saw the near-certain passage of the President's health care bill grow far more complicated (impossible?) in a single night. But, here at the

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