Runaway Republican truck wreaks havoc
''You can't stop the truck! You can't stop the truck!''
The chant went up in Boston as several thousand people gathered to celebrate the end of Barack Obama's political supremacy.
The Obama Administration is now officially in retreat after the safest Democratic stronghold in the nation joined the growing grassroots revolt against the Obama agenda.
The President should never have rushed to Massachusetts last Sunday and mocked the Republican candidate's truck. On Tuesday, blue-collar America took its revenge. A state that had not sent a Republican senator to Washington since 1972 elected a hitherto obscure Republican state senator to fill the seat of the late Democratic hero Ted Kennedy.
Kennedy's older brother, the late President John F. Kennedy, had also held this seat.
The Kennedys brought glamour to Washington. It was called Camelot, but it lasted just three years. The Obamas brought a similar glamour last January, but their Camelot lasted barely a year.
The result wasn't even close. The Democrats lost by more than 100,000 votes, shocking for a state that gave Obama a landslide victory in 2008.
Before Scott Brown defeated the state Attorney-General, Martha Coakley, he had driven around Massachusetts in his General Motors Canyon truck with 333,000 kilometres on the clock.
On Sunday, Obama made the mistake of telling a rally, after rushing to Boston aboard Air Force One to try to save the campaign: ''Forget the truck. Everybody can buy a truck.''
The President won't forget that truck now. It ran over him. He has just lost his super-majority in the Senate. He probably lost his sweeping health-care reform bill. He lost political momentum and, to some degree, his political authority.
This defeat follows defeats and double-digit swings against the Democrats in the governors' races in New Jersey and Virginia last November. It points to the Democrats losing control of Congress in the mid-term elections in November unless the economy turns around and the anger in the electorate over massive government debt and spending dissipates.
Brown fed that anger in his victory speech: ''People do not want the trillion-dollar health-care bill that is being foisted onto America.''
He also hit an exposed nerve that could cause great damage to the Democrats and Obama later this year: ''Our tax dollars should pay for weapons to defeat terrorists, not pay for lawyers to defend them.''
Brown has been a member of the National Guard for 30 years, since his university days.
It helped that he is handsome. He was voted by Cosmopolitan magazine as ''America's sexiest man'' in 1982, while in law school. At 50, he still bears a resemblance to Jon Hamm, the heart-throb star of the TV series Mad Men. On Tuesday night, flanked by his wife, Gail Huff, a TV journalist, and his two accomplished daughters, Ayla and Arianna, they looked like a family that bears watching.