Originally Posted by ColoradoDarin
Really? I don't think the results say that at all. Obama will run up a good count in the electoral college, but the popular vote total is almost a split, while the House remains solidly in Rep hands, Dems gain in the Senate and Reps gain another governor (maybe 2 more as those are still to close to call).
Take all of that together and it sounds like people voted for gridlock, a continuation of the last 2 years.
Obama will win by 1-2%, and be over 50%. He's the first Dem to win >50% of the popular vote, now in both elections, since FDR. 1-2% popular vote with no legitimate 3rd party is a solid win, breaking 50% is also a solid win.
Obama's views (higher taxes on the wealthy to bring down the debt, leveling military spending out and stopping it's rapid growth, etc.) are all views that have bee strongly supported in election polls and are key reasons he got elected.
The senate and congressional seats in play favored GOP pickups and the GOP failed to gain any ground, instead losing more to the Dems.
The fringe right has been denounced this election as a traditionally red seat was given up by Murdock and a very weak McCaskill destroyed Akin. If the GOP fails to realize that social conservatism is being repudiated by mainstream America they'll lose more ground in the 2012 midterm.