Rep Barney Frank, one of the most left-wing members of Congress for over 30 years, has announced that he is retiring at the end of this term. He cites a "polarized national climate". (Translation - people are wising up to his role in the onset of our current financial mess). You can read about it on numerous sources, but here it is from Politico.
It truly would be lovely to see a real conservative win that seat next November, but I harbor no illusions about Massachusetts. It's the same kind of liberal looney bin as is Montgomery County MD. However, I cannot see how Frank's successor can be any worse than he was.