Despite the liberal press in Boston earlier showing Coakley ahead in the polls, the outcome was obvious with 10% unemployment and government control looming at every turn. The Kennedy's may be liberal but above all they are rich and the rich don't like Obama's naive 'tax the rich' solution to the exploding US deficit and debt. Abandoning her is the easy way for Dems to rein in their pollyanna-ish leader. Brown supposedly was collecting $1M per day in online campaign contributions. Israel can count on Obama backing away from involvement in anything that may end badly, such as another round of ME peace talks. With Iran likely becoming ripe during his second half term he will need all the support he can get.
Two Turkish soldiers, five Kurdish militants killed in attack (Reuters)
from the article: Obama's lost senate seat is a victory for Netanyahu