I will resist gloating or making too much of the results of tonight’s election in Massachusetts – I have been on the losing side of an election to many times to do that. Suffice it to say, that whatever ‘realignment’ the Democrats imagined last fall, it seems to be over. And whatever policies the electorate wants, what it certainly doesn’t want is a one party solutions jammed down their throats.
If the Democrats have gained any wisdom from this, they will understand this message, and embrace opportunities to work together with the Republicans for pragmatic, centrist solutions to the very significant difficulties our country faces. If they fail to grasp this obvious truth, there are other Scott Brown’s waiting in the wings. We will know in the next few days whether they will choose political suicide or survival.