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Opinion

Jeff Jacoby

 The state party should focus on grass roots

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.

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