Massachusetts Rep. Stephen Lynch decisively defeated former organized labor official Mac D'Alessandro, surviving a Democratic primary challenge that focused on his opposition to the health care bill.
D'Alessandro, who had the backing of liberal groups ranging from Moveon.org to Democracy for America to USAction, slammed Lynch for his no vote - and went so far as to cast the fourth-term South Boston lawmaker as a closet Republican. In one campaign mailer, D'Alessandro portrayed Lynch with elephant ears.
Initial reaction: Well, yes, health care reform is not popular enough that opposing it would be a liability — even in Massachusetts, or maybe especially in Massachusetts...
This program aired on September 15, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.