New Englanders: Not Nearly as Smart as They Were Eight Months Ago

Columnist Charles Blow has a change of heart after the Mass. Senate election.

"In 1984, Ronald Reagan won every Northeastern state. Since then, the leadership of the G.O.P. has systematically shed its idealists in favor of ideologues, reducing itself to the current Cheney-Limbaugh illusionati whose strategy is to exploit faith and ignorance by fanning fear and hatred. But, Northeasterners are not so easily duped. Voters there tend to be wealthier, better educated, less religious and more progressive than those in other regions." - Charles Blow in his May 23, 2009 column.


"Welcome to the mob: an angry, wounded electorate, riled by recession, careening across the political spectrum, still craving change, nursing a bloodlust." - Charles Blow in his January 23, 2010 column, after Scott Brown's victory in a special Senate election in Massachusetts.

(Hat Tip James Taranto at Best of the Web)