The false "realignment"
With Scott Brown's come from behind victory in Massachusetts, analysts everywhere are predicting a political sea change - the same sort of sea change they predicted with President Obama's election last November.
But the analysts may be wrong, Matt Bai says in The New York Times Magazine. These elections may indicate that voters in today's fast-paced, technology-driven world simply have a distaste for those currently in power. Party affiliation, he says, is less about what the party can do for voters and more about which party represents particular ideologies.
Party membership is dwindling, while self-identified Independents are on the rise. The days of one part setting a course and steering society in its direction may be over. But that begs the question - what kind of governing lies ahead?