Submitted By Todd on February 4th at 2:56pm
The upset election of Scott P. Brown to the US Senate was officially certified this morning in a brief procedural hearing at the State House, clearing the way for the Republican to take the oath of office this evening in Washington. The last Republican to represent the Bay State in the Senate was Edward Brooke, who left office at the beginning of 1979. But Brown's arrival represents more than just a historical landmark. It gives Republicans 41 votes in the 100-member Senate -- enough to sustain a filibuster. That's parliamentary-speak for talking a bill or nomination to death.One historic leap for mankind.