As a way to process Tuesday's election results, I spent lots of time yesterday on lots of news sites and blogs. There are way too many to excerpt as is normally done, so instead, here is my index to the best commentary and analysis out there.
How did it happen
The only "exit" poll I know of, from Research 2000:
Rick Holmes, a columnist for the suburban Boston Metro-West News thinks it was primarily Coakley's fault:
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) blames Obama for "health care's demise"
Michael Scherer of Time broadens that to encompass Obama's first year:
Nate Silver of 538.com builds on David Leonhardt's idea that Obama has pleased no one (and worse, angered many) by not countering the perception he's a progressive even while he pursued centrist policies:
Jonathan Chait of TNR is seeing Mass Hysteria so he argues that the CW is missing the real forces at play in the Mass election and suggests Obama needs to be like George Bailey during the panicked run on his bank in It's A Wonderlife Life:
Ezra Klein of the Wash Post uses a very different entertainment reference, Monty Python & the Holy Grail, to make the same point (and the comment a Republican submitted is also worth reading):
Jon Stewart hits the hysteria nail on the head:
Analysis of the results and what to do next:
Jonathan Chait next argues that no one should interpret the Mass results as any kind of referendum on health care:
Steven Pearlstein of the Wash Post argues the same thing as Chait and believes it's not over:
Ezra Klein suggests a radical way to move forward on health reformDemocrats could scrap the legislation and start over in the reconciliation process. But not to re-create the whole bill.
Ezra also warns the Dems if they abandon health care now, their base should rightly abandon them:
Tim Egan agrees the Dems need to get a spine and a much, much better mouth:They can cowboy up, pass health care that helps right the major wrongs of the system, and then explain what they’re doing.
On a more serious note, The NY Times editorial board offers very pointed advice to Obama & the Dems:It is indisputable that the Republicans have settled on a tactic of obstruction, disinformation and fear-mongering, but it is equally indisputable that the Democrats have not countered it well.
Amy Walter, writing in NationalJournal.com, suggests how the Dems can generally win back Independents: