I believe that Scott Rassmussen in his editorial yesterday in the Wall Street Journal has it exactly right.
Members of both parties would do well to spend some serious time meditating on the following.
"The reality is that voters in 2010 are doing the same thing they did in 2006 and 2008:
They are voting against the party in power.
This is the continuation of a trend that began nearly 20 years ago. In 1992, Bill Clinton was elected president and his party had control of Congress. Before he left office, his party lost control. Then, in 2000, George W. Bush came to power, and his party controlled Congress. But like Mr. Clinton before him, Mr. Bush saw his party lose control.
That's never happened before in back-to-back administrations. The Obama administration appears poised to make it three in a row.
This reflects a fundamental rejection of both political parties.
More precisely, it is a rejection of a bipartisan political elite that's lost touch with the people they are supposed to serve. Based on our polling, 51% now see Democrats as the party of big government and nearly as many see Republicans as the party of big business.
That leaves no party left to represent the American people.
Voters today want hope and change every bit as much as in 2008.
Most have come to recognize that if we have to rely on politicians for the change, there is no hope.
At the same time, Americans instinctively understand that if we can unleash the collective wisdom and entrepreneurial spirit of the American people, there are no limits to what we can accomplish.
In this environment, it would be wise for all Republicans to remember that their team didn't win, the other team lost.
Heading into 2012, voters will remain ready to vote against the party in power unless they are given a reason not to do so.