The election of Republican Scott Brown is an indication that voters in Massachusetts – and perhaps nationwide – feel President Obama has not yet been able to deliver the change he promised in 2008.
American voters still haven't found the change that they're looking for.
That may be the national message delivered Tuesday by citizens of Massachusetts in their stunning election of Republican Scott Brown to the Senate seat held for nearly 50 years by Democratic icon Edward Kennedy.
Barack Obama promised national political change when he was elected 15 months ago, but since then the economy has struggled and unemployment has soared, while financial and auto firms got bailed out and bankers continued to award themselves fat bonuses.
"The implications from Massachusetts are very national," says Allan Lichtman, a professor of political history at American University. "Clearly voters wanted to send a message to Washington about how little they perceive is being done on behalf of average Americans."
On the day after he defeated Democratic candidate Martha Coakley in a state that has not elected a GOP Senator in decades, Mr. Brown already has become a star in a party starved for fresh, charismatic faces.
In a press conference Wednesday, Brown portrayed his victory less as a referendum on specific Obama policies, such as healthcare reform, and more as a symbol of national fatigue with the politics of same-old, same-old.
The win sends "a very powerful message that business-as-usual is just not going to be the way we do it," said Brown.
That's an answer that could have come straight from a press conference held last year by president-elect Obama.