Massachusetts Election Open Thread

When we saw the results last night, all I could do was shake my head. I know there will be all sorts of postmortem debate about how Coakley's campaign was run shittily and changing demographics and blah blah blah, and some of it will be right and some of it will be wrong, but my visceral reaction was that a Republican taking Ted Kennedy's seat was somehow a perfect (if terrible) symbol for the Great Bipartisan Presidency.

And now the media is all aflutter with the opportunity to write its "GOP COMEBACK!!!1!eleventy!" story, just in time for midterm elections. Swell.

And right on cue:

AP: Democrats seek back footing after epic Mass. loss.

New York Times: G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats.

Politico: Forces of change now target President Obama.

USA Today: GOP win in Mass. toughens task for Obama.

New York Times: Democratic Loss Imperils Health Care Overhaul.

And here come the defeatocrats:

TPM: Health Care Comes to Screeching Halt—Sen. Webb: No HCR Votes Until Brown Seated and Frank: I Hope Some GOP Senators Will Support Health Care Reform—Because Without Them, Bill May Be Toast.

ABC: Bayh Warns "Catastrophe" If Dems Ignore Massachusetts Senate Race Lessons.

If you'd like to read something written by someone with some sense:

Peter Daou: We Told You So.


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