“I have two reactions to the election in Massachusetts. One, I am disappointed. Two, I feel strongly that the Democratic majority in Congress must respect the process and make no effort to bypass the electoral results. If Martha Coakley had won, I believe we could have worked out a reasonable compromise between the House and Senate health care bills. But since Scott Brown has won and the Republicans now have 41 votes in the Senate, that approach is no longer appropriate. I am hopeful that some Republican Senators will be willing to discuss a revised version of health care reform because I do not think that the country would be well-served by the health care status quo. But our respect for democratic procedures must rule out any effort to pass a health care bill as if the Massachusetts election had not happened. Going forward, I hope there will be a serious effort to change the Senate rule which means that 59 votes are not enough to pass major legislation, but those are the rules by which the health care bill was considered, and it would be wrong to change them in the middle of the process.” - Senator Barney Frank (D-MA)
What a difference a day makes. If Kennedy's legacy chair in the Senate can fall to the Republican Party, so can his. Barney had a bad day yesterday (he's sad). All the bluster and arrogance are still there - make no mistake - but they're tight under wraps as he folds his tent for the moment. ObamaCare now must start at the beginning because Senate Democrats up for re-election in the fall of 2010 now need to consider their careers, just the same way Barney is.
The Election of Scott Brown is incredibly important to America. It provides hope to us that perhaps - just perhaps - we can save the Republic.