Well sometimes a close loss is worse than a thumpin’. There are few “woulda, shoulda, coulda” second-guessings. But a blow out, as this appears to be, certainly sends a message and removes doubts as to legitimacy of the winner. There will be plenty of blame and recriminations, but there can be little doubt that for now Americans have had it with the Republican Party as currently constituted. The Republicans in the Senate may have enough to hold back the worst of it, that is the liberal runaway agenda, but they will not withstand the full force of the electorate and the mandate they have given the Democrats.