Turns out that independent voters, a majority of the Bay State electorate and a crucial ingredient in Obama's historic presidential win 14 months ago, abandoned him in droves. As in last November's Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races, independents seemed disaffected that they'd voted in 2008 for a more moderate Obama than he turned out to be in 2009.
Well, at least Fred Smerlas will be happy. I'm so proud to be a Massachusetts native!
I should add this, however: we should all be counting our blessings that it isn't Curt Schilling. I was smelling a narrow Schilling by-election victory, followed by the inevitable unstoppable Palin/Schilling ticket in 2012. It would have been awesome, with altar calls in the White House press room and Tim Lahaye as Treasury Secretary… well, who knows, it might still happen.