Massachusetts election has Democrats on edge – Chris Frates – POLITICO.com

It’s hard for some Democrats to believe that the candidate running to replace Ted Kennedy is being attacked over health care reform — in one of the bluest states in the union, no less.But Republican Scott Brown has got Democrats nervous — not just for his opponent Martha Coakley but about the fact that a […]

Ross Douthat: Did The Republicans Blunder On Health Care? – NYTimes.com

Yes, say Jonathan Chait and David Frum, in pre-mortems for the G.O.P.’s efforts to derail the Democratic bill. Chait argues that the Republicans could have sold moderate Democrats on a “vastly more limited” piece of legislation, if they’d been willing to compromise early in the process. Instead, by uniting in lockstep opposition and gambling that […]