Last week was a big one in the state of Massachusetts. After the smoke had cleared and the chowder-filled vomit had been hosed off the streets, the results of the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat were decisive.

Last week was a big one in the state of Massachusetts. After the smoke had cleared and the chowder-filled vomit had been hosed off the streets, the results of the special election to fill Ted Kennedy's vacant Senate seat were decisive.

Republican upstart Scott Brown won, with 51.9 percent to Democratic log-bump Martha Coakley's 47.1 percent. It was an amazing victory for Republicans in a state so liberal that plans are already being made for Brown and senior Senator John Kerry to be married.

So there you go, Democrats have lost one special Senate election in our nation's 15th most populous state.

Let me break this down in mathematical terms: There has been a two-percent swing in the power differential for 50 percent of our legislative branch of government, which, of course, makes up 33 percent of the federal hierarchy.

Let's put it another way.

"It is one of the epic stories of American political history," said MSNBC's Keith Olbermann.

"I think it will have ripple effects even all the way to American foreign policy," said CNN analyst David Gergen.

Oh right, I forgot. As the 41st member of the minority party, Brown will now be imbued will limitless power over financial, military and social policy. It's just as our founders intended - Scott Brown is now the 45th president of the United States.

It's been a long, incredibly grueling couple of days since we first heard of this man, and now he's in charge of everything. After 12 endless months, change has finally come to Washington. America is ready to turn the page on a failed presidency and gamble on a charismatic newcomer who came out of nowhere.

So how is former President Obama taking this news? He's terribly upset - he thought he had a four-year deal in place. He's pretty angry at how he's being treated. He moved his family across the country and he's got a huge staff to worry about.

I know his ratings have been low lately, but give the guy some time! He had one of the worst lead-ins in history.

Wait, that was Conan O'Brien, not President Obama.

Let's keep things in perspective. The reality is, the Democrats have an 18-seat majority in the Senate, a commanding 79-seat majority in the House and, obviously, Obama is still president.

This doesn't mean their agenda is dead. Somebody's got to be able to look past this one election and see hope for the future.

"I wish we were here with other, better news tonight, but we are not," Coakley said in her concession speech. "And I can tell you there are at least two dogs that are very happy about tonight's results because we're going to be back with them."

Yes, I'm sure the 30 million Americans who now go without health insurance because of your loss will be comforted to know your dogs will no longer suffer from separation anxiety.