You’ll probably only hear about this all day tomorrow, but I should note a few things first as someone who was not living in Massachusetts during this race. Mostly, you’ll hear Republicans talk about how this is a referendum on Obama and big government and deficit-spending liberals. Okay, fine. That’s always going to be the through line.
Andrew Sullivan has rounded up a lot of great thoughts on what this victory means to both sides. The two that stand out the most are:
Scott Brown joining the Senate will make it impossible to make big progress on the big issues facing the country. But a number of “centrist” Democrats have been making it clear for a while now that they don’t want to make big progress on the big issues facing the country. That’s too bad, and Brown winning will only make things worse. We’re much more likely looking at a situation where Brown’s victory becomes an excuse for people not to do things they didn’t want to do anyway than a situation where Brown’s victory is the actual reason those things can’t be done.
“We have one party that has not got the brains to govern. Will we now learn for certain that we have another party that hasn’t got the guts?”
Maybe I don’t agree with Conservative policy, socially speaking, but I certainly admire how they have the balls to run the country — something that’s pretty obvious Democrats sorely lack.
As for Scott Brown, well, kudos to a well run campaign and his victory speech.
This special election came about because we lost someone very dear to Massachusetts, and to America. Senator Ted Kennedy was a tireless and big-hearted public servant, and for most of my lifetime was a force like no other in this state. His name will always command the affection and respect by the people of Massachusetts, and the same goes for his wife Vicki. There’s no replacing a man like that, but tonight I honor his memory, and I pledge my very best to be a worthy successor.
If you are the Democratic Party it’s time to start hitting back.