The Last, The Very Last

Joe Courtney wins and Chris Shays is now the last Republican in New England. The good thing about pickups in places like Connecticut is that though these races were super-tight this time around, once in Democratic hands these become pretty safe seats that a competent Democrats should be able to hold on to for a long time.

Meanwhile, it'll be interested to see how Shays responds to his newfound isolation. If he could somehow be persuaded to play the "Fox New Democrat" role in reverse, spend tons of time bitching about how GOP conservatism is killing the party in his region of the country -- naturally the Most Important Region Ever -- and offering bipartisan cover to some Democratic initiatives, that could, in many ways, be more valuable than the seat itself.