Ensign's decision will touch off a series of changes to Nevada's political landscape. It places a newly elected Republican Representative in the driver's seat for a Senate promotion. It cracks the door ajar -- ever so slightly -- for a possible Democratic pickup. It provides the previously defeated Sharron Angle with a possible path to Washington, D.C. Jon Ralston is already tweeting up a storm, and why not? His studio is likely to be as popular a destination in 2012 as it was in 2010.
In just over a week's time, the 2010 campaign shall be over, and we shall gather together and tell the stories of the victors. Some will be those that caught sight of a great political wave, and shrewdly positioned themselves to catch it at the flood. Others will those who used sharp rhetoric and skillful retail politics to win against the run of play. But we are not here today to discuss these men and women, or tell their stories. Today we speak of the season's greatest mistakes.