How on Earth did this happen?
Kovach decided to do something truly extraordinary. Instead of running a campaign based on a narrow ideological agenda which the vast majority of his potential constituents would undoubtedly oppose, he opted to appeal to their concerns of drastically rising taxes and a lack of governmental transparency. His win is undeniable proof that the Republican brand can win in almost any locale, so long as the correct type of candidate is put in place. It also proves that, despite what one may hear from the shock jocks on certain talk radio programs, the future of the GOP lies not with political puritans such as Jim DeMint, Sarah Palin, and the unfortunately new National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, but instead with sensible pragmatists like Scott Brown, Mark Kirk, and, now, Tom Kovach.
Let us hope that this message is received by the power brokers and primary electorate of the Republican Party before the inevitable circus that will be 2012 kicks into gear.
The stability of our nation's political process depends on it.