Only one year into the Obama Administration, the Democratic Party has lost the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat that was held by Ted Kennedy for almost 47 years! This was in one of the strongest blue states in the country. It was also frustrating for the Democratic Party because only a month ago Martha Coakley, the party's candidate, was a shoo-in to take the seat.
Most importantly, this setback means that the Democratic Party loses it's 60th Senate seat, which could have prevented a filibuster by the GOP. So the healthcare bill that the Democratic Party has struggled to pass is in serious jeopardy.
Obama's desperate campaigning on behalf of Coakley still couldnt stop Brown from winning by a margin of 120,000 votes. The wide margin makes it very difficult for the Democratic Party to challenge the certification of the election in order to slow the process down.
It is an ominous sign for the Democratic Party as we get ready to mark the one year anniversary of Obama's inauguration next week.