Great news. Scott Brown defeated Martha Coakley to replace of all people Ted Kennedy (and the appointed Paul Kirk) representing Massachusetts in the US Senate. With 95% of the vote in, Brown leads 52%-47% with 1% going to Joe Kennedy (not RFK's son).
This sends some gigantic messages to Washington, several of them to be exact.
1. Run good candidates who fit the district. Bad candidates or incumbents lose seats that should not be lost. Like this one for example. Or Don Sherwood and Bill Sali on the Republican side in 2006 and 2008.
2. No seat is completely safe.
3. Arrogance fails. The beltway never learns. 1994. 2006/2008, and possible 2010. The "we know what's best for you" mentality is a killer. When government says and promises one thing and does another. When government is corrupt. When government forces strongly unpopular legislation. When government is incompetent. People get fired.
4. Howard Dean's 50 state strategy is and was a good strategy. Many republicans laughed at Howard Dean for this. I wasn't laughing. Every democrat should be challenged with a solid race. Not all will be won, but it's better to keep John Dingell campaigning in home and not helping other candidates, which he does very well.
5. It's always great when MSNBC cries in their beer. Keith Olbermann showed once again that the only thing more pathetic than the race card is when white leftist whiny wusses play it. Keith, I don't know if you noticed, but Coakley is white. Dummy. This guy is even worse as a commentator than he was on FOX Sports.
At worst this should get Obama and Congress's 1000+ page health care takeover sent back to the drawing board. They can start with taking out the insurance requirements, tax/fine/prison penalties, end of life decisions, abortion coverage - even indirectly, and massive regulations out of there, shrink it by at least 1000 pages, and bring back something that can be worked with.
We'll see. I don't think Obama gets real America outside of what his insulated team says about it. Bush had that same problem in 2006, and I expect the same results - a lot of people being sent home.