The Significance of Some Elections
Here’s a thought experiment for you: let’s imagine the Republicans had a large majority in the House and a personally popular president in office, and that they controlled 60 seats in the Senate. Let us further assume that Republicans were on the verge of passing legislation that would enact a 17% flat tax, eliminate the capital gains tax and most corporate taxes, and end most of the regulatory apparatus on the health industry. After clearing the House and Senate, the bill is nearing the end of reconciliation when suddenly Republicans are shocked by a surprise upset in Utah that throws Orrin Hatch’s seat — held by the GOP pretty much for eternity — into Democratic hands, scuttling the entire legislative agenda.
Regardless of how you normally vote, if you vehemently opposed the Republicans’ agenda in this example, how would you feel right now?
Seems to me the Brown victory is this, in reverse.