Hell has frozen over in Massachusetts. In the bluest of blue states, the electorate has turned the "Kennedy Seat" over to the Republicans.
On the Today Show, Senator Elect Scott Brown recognized that public dissatisfaction with Washington's ways made his surprise win possible.
He stated, "[P]eople are angry. They’re tired of the back room deals. They want transparency, they want good government, they want fairness and they want people to start working to solve their problems.”
Come to think of it, that is all ancient coin collectors want too.
They are angry at the bureaucrats in the State Department. They are tired of back room deals like that apparently involving former Undersecretary of State Nicholas Burns. See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2008/08/nicholas-burns-philhellene-cultural.html They want transparency. See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/search/label/transparency They want fairness. See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2010/01/another-perspective-on-cpac-and-interim.html They want common sense solutions to cultural property issues that encourage cooperation not conflict. See http://culturalpropertyobserver.blogspot.com/2009/09/massive-anglo-saxon-hoard-reported.html
Hopefully, Judith McHale, Undersecretary for the State Department Bureau of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, and Judith Ann Stewart Stock, nominee to be Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, will take some notice.