Despite all the hype and hand-wringing and gloating and panicking, the bottom line is that the Republicans won the Massachusets Senate seat by fielding a much better candidate. Coakley's campaign was an absolute disaster. Brown came to play four quarters of football, and Coakley went on vacation.
The fundamentals of campaigning for office will always apply. If you're a terrible candidate who angers the voters, you'll most likely lose. If you knock on doors, kiss enough babies, make yourself known, and work your butt off, you just might pull off an upset.
The hyperventilating and panic attacks from Democrats really have to stop. It's so unbelievably irritating to me, and if this is what we're going to deal with from now until November....Whew, it's gonna be a looong year, folks.