What does it mean? Does it signal a tidal wave for Republicans? Possibly. But that’s the shallow view. The truth is a bit deeper.
In 2006 and 2008, Republicans lost in a large part because they’d lost touch with the American people. This led to big majorities in Congress for Democrats and a Democrat in the White House.
People were claiming that the GOP was dead, or a best, a “regional party”.
But the GOP has won 3 big elections recently. Rasmussen has the GOP up by 8 on the generic Congressional ballot. And the GOP usually overperforms the generic ballot.
Has the tide really shifted so suddenly to the GOP?
In a word, no.
What the last year has taught us, more than anything else, is that the Democrats on Capitol Hill are even more out of touch with the American people than their Republican counterparts.
This is the reason for the success of the Tea Party folks. This is the reason Democrats have lost, not the reason Republicans have won.
What Democrats and Republicans should be learning from the events of the last few months is this:
We’re watching you.
We’ll elect you if we think you’re right for us, but if you don’t represent us, we’ll replace you. And we don’t care how long you’ve been around. In fact, how long you’ve been around may actually be a detriment to you. And a lot of us don’t care what letter you have after your name. We just want you to represent US, and not yourself. We don’t want your corrupt, politics-as-usual power grabs. We don’t want any hint of you thinking that you’re better than we are. And if we think that’s what we’re getting, we will send you packing so fast it will make your head swim.