With his remarks, Brown really does seem to get that our country and its political parties are broken. During his campaign, he understood and capitalized on the fact that many Americans — especially the now legendary independents — are nervous about the hard-left turn President Obama is trying to navigate with his trillion-dollar healthcare package. He hit on the president’s growing list of broken promises, not the least of which was his pledge of complete transparency in the sausage-making process.

For at least this brief moment in time, Brown is giving some Americans hope that in him, they might have someone in Washington who prizes adult leadership and accountability over self-interest and party loyalty.

He beat the machine in Massachusetts. Now we must hope he has what it takes to vanquish the entrenched and destructive special interests in Washington.