“I have two reactions to the election in Massachusetts. One, I am disappointed. Two, I feel strongly that the Democratic majority in Congress must respect the process and make no effort to bypass the electoral results. If Martha Coakley had won, I believe we could have worked out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate health care bills. But since Scott Brown has won and the Republicans now have 41 votes in the Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate. I am hopeful that some Republican Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because I do not think that the country would be well-served by the health care status quo. But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened. Going forward, I hope there will be a serious effort to change the Senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered, and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of the process.”That is Rep. Barney Frank speaking. Folks, when Barney Frank admits that it is time to listen to the voters there is only one thing to say, WE WON!
The ball is in Barack Obama's court now. He can try to "double down" and ram his agenda through but make no mistake, the President stands alone. On our behalf, the people of Massachusetts have sent a very clear message that our officials work for us and that they will be held accountable when they act contrary to our will. Our reps should now realize that Barack Obama is not their boss, we are. Barack Obama can not fir them, we can. Every seat in these United States is the people's seat.
Congratulations to everyone who made this possible. Thank you Massachusetts.