McConnell: Democrats Have ‘Gotten the Message’ From Mass. Election

Posted January 20, 2010 at 11:05am

Senate Republicans on Wednesday basked in the glow of Scott Brown’s (R) upset victory over Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley, trumpeting it as a national rebuke of Democrats’ agenda and calling for a “new era— of transparency and bipartisanship.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) called Brown’s election “in many ways a national referendum,— particularly on health care reform, and argued that Democrats appear to have gotten the message. “I think the majority has gotten the message here — no more gamesmanship, no more lack of transparency,— McConnell said.

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (Texas) agreed, arguing that “the American people sent a very clear message through the voters of Massachusetts— that they are unhappy with the Democrats’ approach.

But Republicans also took time out to hail one Democrat, Sen. Jim Webb (Va.), who Tuesday night called on Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to suspend work on the health care bill until Brown is seated. McConnell lauded Webb, noting that, “there will be no further action [on health care] in the Senate thanks to Sen. Webb.— When asked if Webb’s objections to pushing the bill through in the interim could kill the bill, McConnell said: “I hope so. I sure hope so.—