Pundits will debate the meaning of the recent mid-term elections at least until the next presidential race and probably far longer.
But regardless of any wider implications for the world and nation, November's results couldn't have been better for Hanford's B Reactor.
Call it the best of both worlds, with Washington voters ensuring that friends of the reactor would occupy key positions in the House and Senate.
Excuse us for taking such a narrow view of a momentous election and ignoring the dramatic changes to a wide range of national policies that are the likely result.
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But with the National Park Service only weeks away from delivering its recommendations for a proposed Manhattan District National Park, an editorial focusing on the historic B Reactor's preservation seems appropriate.
With the Department of Energy helping the park service produce the final report, some cautious optimism is reasonable.
DOE's expertise in safeguarding the public against radiation hazards ought to alleviate park service fears. The best plan for moving forward would have DOE continuing in that capacity.
Any optimism is a far cry from the Draft Special Resource Study and Environmental Assessment of Manhattan Project Sites released a year ago by the park service.
That initial document rejected the idea of a comprehensive Manhattan Project Historical Park, recommending instead a pared-down version that excluded most Manhattan Project sites, including the B Reactor.
The report concluded that only part of the Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory National Landmark District in New Mexico should be considered.
Hanford and Oak Ridge, Tenn. -- the Manhattan Project sites that produced the materials for the only nuclear weapons ever used in warfare -- were left out of the proposal.
The concept shouldn't be much of a stretch for the park service, which protects and provides interpretive services for sites important to the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
The dawn of the nuclear age changed the course of World War II and set the stage for the Cold War. Preserving artifacts from those endeavors is key to promoting an understanding of American history.
U.S. Reps. Doc Hastings, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Reichert, Norm Dicks, Adam Smith, Jay Inslee and Rick Larsen, and U.S. Sens. Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, all signed a letter pointing out the folly of the park service's limited draft proposal.
"We believe that the most unique and historically compelling technical facilities at all of the sites under consideration must be incorporated into any final National Park Service plan," the delegation's letter said.
"Many of us have had the opportunity to tour B Reactor, and the experience provides a very real sense of what it would have been like at Hanford in the 1940s."
Those words will carry extra weight in the new Congress.
With the Republicans winning a majority in the House, Hastings will be chairman of the Natural Resources Committee, which will receive the park service's recommendations on a possible Manhattan Project Historical Park and whether to include B Reactor.
In the Senate, Murray retains a leadership role and has the political muscle needed to give clout to her support for B Reactor.
Plenty can still go wrong, of course, but we like the reactor's chances.
With luck, the combination of a winning idea and friends in high places will preserve this important piece of our common history.