Mass. Revolt and Obama's Agenda
Supporters of Massachusetts Republican State Sen. Scott Brown react to his U.S. Senate special-election victory in Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. (AP)

Supporters of Massachusetts Republican State Sen. Scott Brown react to his U.S. Senate special-election victory in Boston on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2010. (AP)

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Republican thunder out of Massachusetts today — on the first anniversary of Barack Obama’s inauguration as president.

The U.S. Senate seat of liberal lion Ted Kennedy has gone to Republican challenger Scott Brown. With it has gone the Democrats’ filibuster-proof 60-seat majority in the Senate — and maybe President Obama’s hopes for health care reform, his top priority.

One year in, the Obama agenda is in trouble. The president’s leadership is facing a whole new count on Capitol Hill.

This hour, On Point: the first year of the Obama presidency closes with a stunning Republican win.


Joining us in our studio is Monica Brady-Myerov, reporter for WBUR Boston. She’s been covering the Senate race closely. See WBUR’s complete coverage.

Joining us from Washington is Julie Rovner, health policy correspondent for NPR. Her latest story looks at how a Republican win in Massachusetts could derail the Democrats’ health care reform bill.

Also from Washington, we’re joined by Byron York, chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner, and contributor to its Beltway Confidential blog. His latest piece asks, “With new GOP strength in Senate, will Obamacare die in House?”

In our studio, we’re also joined by Robert Kuttner, co-founder and co-editor of The American Prospect, distinguished senior fellow at the think tank Demos, and author of “Obama’s Challenge: America’s Economic Crisis and the Power of a Transformative Presidency.”  In a recent column, “Wake Up Call,” he argues that Obama’s handling of health care has done “incalculable political damage” to the president’s agenda.

And from Stanford, Calif., we’re joined by David M. Kennedy, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian at Stanford University and author of many books, including “Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929-1945.”

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