Department of Dangerous Precedents

Who would have thought that Republicans would declare a Massachusetts Senate race, progenitor of the Kennedys and "Massachusetts liberal" Sen. John Kerry, to be the arbiter of the national mood? But today my inbox has an e-mail from RNC chairman Michael Steele that reads:

Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are ignoring the results of Scott Brown's victory in Massachusetts last Tuesday.

Instead of comprehending that voters in Massachusetts rejected the Democrats' government-run health care experiment, they are arrogantly dismissing the will of the people.

Apparently, the voters of Massachusetts, who already have a statewide universal health-insurance program, which Scott Brown supports, are now the best arbiters of the national mood. Does that mean that when Barack Obama won the state by 26 points in 2008 that he had an enormous national mandate? Somehow, I doubt that's what Michael Steele thought at the time.

But maybe the Democrats should take Republicans at their word and make a deal: they'll always agree to follow the Massachusetts results for the country as a whole if Republicans do too. Then it will be only a matter of time before Republicans back abortion rights, regulating carbon emissions, progressive taxation and, uh, universal health care.

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