Jonathan Bernstein counters Bainbridge:

Six months ago, people thought that Joe the Plumber was a Serious Republican Leader.  Guess what?  He wasn't. Scott Brown isn't Joe the Plumber; he's a perfectly legitimate pol who just won a Senate seat in a huge upset.  Of course Republicans, a party that hasn't won very much lately, are all excited about him.  This is neither new, nor remarkable, nor a sign that either party is about to turn to Paris Hilton for leadership.  Plenty of things to worry about in American politics, but this ain't one of them.

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