When Whittaker Chambers broke with the Communist Party, he declared that he knew he was “leaving the winning side for the losing side.” Compared with today’s Massachusetts GOP, Chambers was a cockeyed optimist.
Last week’s election was a misery for Bay State Republicans. US Senator Scott Brown lost his “people’s seat” to Elizabeth Warren. Scandal-tainted incumbent John Tierney survived Richard Tisei’s challenge in the 6th Congressional District. And the tiny Republican band on Beacon Hill grew tinier: Three GOP state representatives were ousted, giving Democrats a 130-30 advantage in the House and 36 of the Senate’s 40 seats.