Editorial: GOP gets opportunity, but can it capitalize?

The election of Republican Scott Brown last week in Massachusetts last week to the U.S. Senate seat vacated last summer when Sen. Ted Kennedy died of cancer has GOP leaders crowing.

Brown’s victory over Democrat Martha Coakley came a few weeks after Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan of North Dakota announced that he would not seek re-election, Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter, also a Democrat, said he also wasn’t going to run, along with the Democrats’ top candidate for governor in Michigan €“ in addition to similar upsets in other blue states such as New Jersey, Virginia, and New York.