In a special election in New York on Tuesday, Democrat Kathy Hochul won a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. She won the election in the very Republican 26th District, where the GOP has held that seat for more than 40 years.
Some pundits say that Hocul's win sends a clear message to the GOP that the people - even in Republican districts - are firmly against the Medicare "reform" that's been brewing in the House.
But will the GOP really get the message?
Fortunately, the Senate voted down the Medicare nonsense yesterday, so it's safe for now. But the GOP-controlled House is far more radically skewed to the right.
Now 2012 is the next hurdle.
What will happen then? Will the voting public remember?
In the current political climate, nothing would surprise me. So stay tuned. And keep fingers crossed in hopes of some sanity.