It's worth reading Dick Lugar's concession speech in its entirety.

There really wasn't much concessionary in the speech; rather it was a cry of a man frustrated, and perhaps a little broken-hearted, about what has happened to public service.  His speech was an all-too-familiar lament about polarization and litmus tests and the inability to do the people's business. The winner, Richard Mourdock, provided the perfect proof for Dick Lugar when he said that bipartisianship can be achieved only when Democrats agree with and bow to Republicans.

An antidote to the pallor cast by Lugar's loss is to read Fred Hiatt’s piece on some of democracy's successes. He reminds us that democracy is still working in many important areas. I needed that this morning.