It's Wednesday morning, 20 January 2010, and the world changed last night. The voters of Massachusetts stood in front of a runaway express train that had been hurdling down the track and headed for the precipice. A formerly little known state senator named Scott Brown stood up to that train and demanded that it stop. Kind of like that guy in Tiananmen square standing in front of that tank. And what do you know. It stopped.
So what happens now? Do the Democrats see the writing on the wall and turn toward the center? Or do they push ahead and forsake their second chance and go barreling off the cliff anyway? And what about the Republicans? Do they let this win go to their head, and go back to the old ways that got us here in the first place? Or do they see reason and change tracks? Will we see sensible policies from them or will they be the next party to misread a mandate and over reach? Only time will tell. We'll know in the next few weeks.
In the mean time, conservatives can breath a sigh of relief. We've been given a reprieve from what looked like a terrible fate just a few weeks ago. It's the dawn of a new day. We get to wipe the slate clean and start again. We get a do over. In the words of the 1984 Ronald Reagan campaign ad, "It's morning again in America."