Scott Brown has scored a stunning upset victory in the Massachusetts senate race. We’ve all seen the elements of the shock factor: Massachusetts until now had an all Democrat congressional delegation, the Senate seat had been held by Ted Kennedy, John Kennedy or a hired temp since the 1950s, Scott Brown was down in the polls by almost 30 points only a few weeks ago, his opponent Martha Coakley was elected the Massachusetts Attorney General with 70% of the vote the same day Obama won 60% of the vote, the list goes on. So what does it mean?
What Obama’s advisors will tell him tomorrow, ironically the first anniversary of his inauguration: “Mr. President, Coakley ran a terrible campaign. When Ted Kennedy died, it gave the voters an opportunity to loosen up their allegiance a little. It was a race dominated by state-specific personalities. It had nothing to do with your agenda in general or healthcare in particular.”
What the American people really said: “Mr. President, welcome to the first day of the rest of your presidency. We look forward to its conclusion.”