That was the Scott heard round the world.
President Obama, deaf to the significance of this, pushed on. Now his best-case scenario on Election Day is a repeat of 1994.
Hillary Clinton has been there and done that. She learned. She would have been a gracious winner who would have reached out to Republicans.
West Virginians know this. Sen. Robert C. Byrd was a major reason that Congress rejected Hillarycare.
When she was elected to the Senate, who did she reach out to first?
Obama keeps a tight rein on Clinton.
What a mistake. In hogging all the glory, he also blocks her from taking the blame for the failure.
His supporters compared appointing Clinton to Lincoln's decision to include in his Cabinet a few political rivals.
Given free rein, William Seward, Lincoln's secretary of state, was able to keep Britain out of the Civil War.
Once adversaries, Lincoln and Seward grew close. On the night John Wilkes Booth assassinated Lincoln, Booth's co-conspirator attacked and savagely wounded Seward.
As he was treated, the family kept the news of Lincoln's assassination from Seward, but the next morning, Seward knew the truth.
"The president is dead." Seward told a male nurse. "If he had been alive he would have been the first to call on me, but he has not been here, nor has he sent to know how I am, and there's the flag at half-mast."
It is unfair to compare anyone to Lincoln - or for that matter, to Seward - but as Jack Kennedy said, life isn't fair.
Democrats blew it two years ago. They should have sent a woman to do a man's job.