All of these candidates used tons of money and all have failed except for Joe Miller which is still up in the air.. tons of money from outside sources, and in Cal and Ct. tons of their own cash. Thought for sure Reid was done, Boxer was part of the liberal package that would be ousted, McMahon would win over Blumenthal.. but none of this happened, these elections were perhaps the "loudest" and got the most national coverage.. Despite the overwhelming win for the Republicans, what went wrong here???.. in the case of O'Donnell and Angle it was obvious as they were about 4.5 cans short of a six pack. The personal money spent by Fiorona, Whitman and McMahon was obscene... Is Palin's involvement the "kiss of death"???.. as much as many things are obvious, these races will be studied for a while. She will reign triumphant as the queen of the right, while from afar not sure how much she actually helped any of these candidates... despite her pontification of her POV. OTOH Cicilline won in RI, despite a strong run with huge backing by big money for Loughlin.. BTW Cicilline is openly gay, and have to give the Republicans credit as they lied about a bunch of stuff, but never played the gay card obvertly. Barney Frank beat Sean Bielat, Deval Patrick comes out on top... an overall interesting night. One thing that is obvious is the need for Campaign Finance Reform as the money spent by the Corporatists was obscene... however, any hope of any real reform will never happen as congress has a very obvious conflict of interest.