With Massachusetts very much a traditional democratic state, it was a shock for the Democrats locally and nationally, that a republican won the seat previously held by Teddy Kennedy for 50 years before his recent death. Although the local Democrat contender, Martha Coakley, campaigned poorly, the victory for Scott Brown is widely seen as a significant negative vote for Obama, and a dissatisfaction with the way the country is heading under his leadership.
While health care was the primary focus for the Republican, the impact of the victory will extend to other issues both domestic and international. Hence, the Israeli government and other countries will be following the fallout with interest. Increased pressure on Israel, if it is unpopular, will clearly be less attractive to Democrat politicians concerned about retaining their seat in elections later in 2010. The Obama mandate is also losing its lustre.
And for a spoof on the shock-horror, here is a clever dubbing.