If Massachusetts race ends up very close, I predict one of the 2 scenarios:
Coakley will challenge it. This will spark outrage from the right as they start yelling how the election was stolen from them.
Brown will challenge it. The right will circle around Brown claiming he is standing up for democracy.
No matter what happens tomorrow it will be fun to watch. This is why I love politics – it’s the best sporting event out there.
As far as the future of health care, well I really don’t know. If it does go down then we can at least say we got closer than ever before. I also suspect if it fails we will see health care costs continue to sky rocket, and it will remain a good platform for Democrats to run on, but that’s only if the Democrats take some lessons in “message control” and don’t stand there like the old deer in the headlights when tea baggers show up.
And perhaps all this will be for the best. Democrats could put forth new legislation this year that doesn’t do public options, exchanges or any of that stuff. Instead put in regulation reform for health care. Open it up to national competition and tighten the reigns on what insurance companies can and can not do. Push the reform as a “consumer advocacy” type legislation and then it will become harder for Republicans to vote against it. That will be a good foundation that we can expand coverage upon at a later date.