When Dean Barnett died at age 40 in August 2008, it was a loss of a unique voice in politics, and those who admired him could console themselves only with the thought that he had been needed for some pressing business above. Now, a year and a half after it happened, we know what it was: Only Barnett — Bostonian, Red Sox fan, former aide to Mitt Romney, with a loathing of cant and an fine sense of lunacy, could have orchestrated the Senate race in Massachusetts thus far.

Only Dean, whose web name was “Soxblog,” could have dreamed up the Curt Schilling fiasco. Only he could have invented the inept Martha Coakley, made this “heir” to the “Kennedy seat” brought down by Scott Brown, a man more like John Kennedy than Ted Kennedy ever was in his lifetime; could have had the Democrats tripped up by their arrogance (their maneuvering established the need for the special election), or timed it to coincide with the final vote on the health care atrocity, and the rising tide of resistance against it…

Fate in the form of our old friend and colleague. Nice job, Dean. Well done.