As for 2010, Democrats will likely lose seats in Congress. But that’s because their coalition is out at its outer limits, the president’s party usually loses ground in the midterms, and the economy stinks. Until that time, Democrats in D.C. have an incentive to pass some version of health care reform (and an incrementally larger majority to work with), but the more conservative members of the caucus have an incentive not to be associated with the more liberal versions of that policy. We’ve known all those things for quite awhile now, and a different outcome yesterday wouldn’t have changed them a bit.

Greg Marx is a CJR staff writer. Follow him on Twitter @gregamarx.