03/22/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Test Your Understanding of American Politics


  • Massachusetts' bipartisan health care reform a few years ago is the model for what Obama and the Democrats have been on the verge of passing in Washington.
  • Scott Brown supported the bipartisan Massachusetts health care reform (which has given the state near-universal coverage)
  • Scott Brown opposes the Democrats' health care reform in Washington, and told voters he'd be the 41st vote to stop it.
  • Massachusetts voters, who overwhelmingly support the Massachusetts health care reform, have sent Scott Brown to Washington to stop Washington from enacting at a national level the popular plan Massachusetts enacted a few years ago.

Which of the following explains Scott Brown's victory over Martha Coakley? (Maybe I'm missing something, but I think these are the only three options):

1) Scott Brown is a disingenuous idiot.

2) Massachusetts voters are confused idiots.

3) I'm an idiot, for expecting logic or reason to play any role in American political life at all.