One year ago, today, Barack Obama and Democrats won all 3: the House, the Senate, and the White House.
Yesterday, Barack Obama and Democrats lost two out of three: Virginia and New Jersey, while winning New York’s 23rd.
So what does it all mean? Both a lot, and not a lot.
A lot, because it’s a setback for Democrats to lose Virginia and New Jersey – especially New Jersey, where Obama really put himself on the line for Jon Corzine. Yes, Virginia’s at best a purple state, but it was turning blue. And it would have stayed blue, if Creigh Deeds had not run such a lousy campaign.
But, in the long run, what happened in New York is more important. Because it showed that the tea-baggers may create havoc inside the Republican Party, but they are just too extreme for most Americans.
One thing for sure: This was no national referendum on Obama. Losses in New Jersey and Virginia won’t hurt his ability to get health care reform. They don’t affect his own personal popularity or job approval rating. And they won’t even be remembered, once the midterm elections of 2010 roll around.
That’s my parting shot for today.