In an ironic twist of fate the Democrats lost their filibuster-proof majority last night when the Senate seat held by Ted Kennedy for 46 years went to Republican Scott Brown. The outcome is unspinnable.
This isn’t solely about Healthcare Reform. To those who think it is you’re missing the point. The outcome of this Senate race proves once again that Americans want to be governed from the center. If things begin to lean too far left or too far right it doesn’t matter where the race is run.
Like the Presidential Election last year the vote was 52/48 give or take. In politics many refer to this as a landslide, but in a practical sense it is far from it. There are still the 48% you need to listen to. You can’t ignore them. And that is what Congress has done this past year.
Whether or not this result is a harbinger of more elections to come will depend on how Congress and the Obama Administration respond. If, as early reports suggest, their reaction continues to be finger pointing and pretending it was an anomaly, then its going to be a long hot summer.
My immediate question is whether Scott Brown will drive his pick-up truck to the Capitol Hill.