The biggest factor that influenced this election. When people have lost their jobs or are afraid of losing their jobs in the future, they lash out. They want others to know about their fears, their pain.
Before we all start investing in houseboat stocks and declaring the planet permanently doomed, I think it's important to remember a few key facts about where we are and that, as a movement, we still have immense power.
President Clinton's wakeup call came with the 1994 mid-term elections -- Obama's came a year earlier with yesterday's election in Massachusetts. Now Obama must make the kind of changes that Clinton did.
We are witnessing one of humanity's most unbearable tragedies following the earthquake in Haiti. It allows us to ask: Is this as much a story about poverty and failed governance as it is of natural disasters?
As the Monday holiday celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday approaches, perhaps the Coakley team would be wise to remind the state's voters of the principles that they and the Democratic Party stand for.
The Massachusetts special election for Ted Kennedy's seat is just over a week away, and Republicans are pulling out all the stops to win or at least come close. A Martha Coakley loss would be nothing short of devastating.