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Obama faces revolt of the independent

Business Times - 22 Jan 2010


Obama faces revolt of the independent

Tea Party movement wants action on jobs, not healthcare reform - which they see as wasteful government spending

By LEON HADAR
WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENT

ON THE eve of the one-year anniversary of Barack Hussein Obama's historic inauguration as the 44th President of the United States - the first African-American to hold that office - the new president ended up getting clobbered, big time, in Massachusetts.

No, President Obama was not running for any political office in the Bay State this week. But the fact that a little-known Republican politician (his main claim to fame was posing nude for Cosmopolitan magazine in 1982 when the magazine named him 'America's sexiest man') succeeded in defeating, by a decisive margin, a prominent Democrat in a special election to fill the US Senate seat that was held by the late Edward Kennedy (and before that by his brother, John F Kennedy) - was a devastating political blow…