The Big Question: What should Obama learn from the midterms?


Peter Navarro, professor of economics and public policy at U.C. Irvine, said:
Can you spell t-r-i-a-n-g-u-l-a-t-e? Channel Clinton post Gingrich revolution. Channel Dick Morris, pre-Fox.


Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research, said:
He should pick up the playbook from President Clinton's 1992 campaign, "It's the economy, stupid." He is going to have to find a way to boost job growth. If he goes into 2012 with the unemployment rate still near double-digits, he will have very hard time getting reelected.

On the other hand, if the economy starts creating jobs and the unemployment rate begins dropping quickly, he will cakewalk to reelection. The country is living through an economic disaster. He has to turn things around, otherwise he will be held responsible.


Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit said:
Humility. I'm not optimistic.


Bernie Quigley, Pundits Blog Contributor, said:
That Americans are a free people and will not be commandeered by ideology and Mile High speeches, and if it is taken from them they/we will take it back. Every time.


Justin Raimondo, editorial director of Antiwar.com, said:
The lesson of the election is simply this: Americans don't want big government, and Obama  is not FDR. Another, broader lesson is this: at this point in our history, voters aren't voting FOR anything. Their votes are almost entirely negative. They didn't vote FOR Obama in '08 -- they voted AGAINST McCain. Likewise this time around, only more so: they didn't vote FOR the  GOP, they voted AGAINST the Democrats. Let's hope the Republicans learn this lesson -- which I very much doubt. -- or else they'll bear the consequences next time.