Cool Water

It's over. So now it can begin.
Over the course of a couple of weeks last month, Scott Brown went from being a state senator looking to expand his statewide profile with a hopeless U.S. Senate run into the most prominent U.S. politician after the president.
"I can't promise I will be right in every vote I make. ... I will do the very best job I can," Brown told reporters.
And today he was sworn in by the Vice President of the United States. We have been parched by the long drought, with self-rule denied the people of Massachusetts by Ted Kennedy and John Kerry for so many decades. The joy of self-determination flows through the state like a rush of cool water on a scorching summer day.
The orderly transfer of power - such an unusual event over the course of human history - never loses its impact. But today, with John Kerry and Joe Biden forced to hand so much influence over to Scott Brown in a dignified and gracious proceeding - it is a rich moment, one that we shall savor.