Scott Brown, Massachusetts Senator-elect, takes advantage of the "self-inflicted wound."

The Brown win is big.  It would have been unthinkable in the state in the past four decades.

In my estimation, it's a harbinger of potentially radical change across the national landscape - and it's not just the fringe that's activated.  The political middle, the independent faction, seems convinced that the past year spent forcing health care forward, growing the deficit and government, and ignoring the economy as priority number one has proven to be a decidedly wrong turn.

I think it's a good thing.  It's a sign that the electorate is skeptical of government as the end-all-be-all.  It's a sign that Barack Obama's mystique has at last been surmounted, deflated a bit, pulled down to a less naive, more realistic plane.

Coupled with the Republican wins in the Virginia and New Jersey gubernatorial races, as well as the recent spate of Democratic congressional retirements, the Scott Brown win stands as a clarion call for Democrats and the administration to scale back their ambitions...and the Republicans to step up to the plate and keep their promises...or face a similar fate.