There is much talk of this Tuesday's election being a referendum of President Obama, of Americans' frustration over the last 21 months and of their dissatisfaction with the decisions being made and the laws that were passed. I don't see it as a referendum on Barack Obama.
We hear from the Republicans that Barack Obama did not try to compromise with them or listen to their concerns. We hear from Democrats that he tried too hard to compromise with the Republicans. For all I know, he may very well have tried to compromise and engage them. We heard that he was trying, even though the Democrats held complete control with a "filibuster proof majority".
Many Representatives and Senators owe their election in 2008 to the President. He and the Democratic Party ran a well-organized compaign, and I believe it was due to his charismatic persona that the Democrats did so well in that election.
The Democratic losses on Tuesday I believe stem from the inability of the Representatives (mainly) and Senators to compromise on issues and come to a bi-partisan agreement on the issues and the bills that were sent forth to the President for his signature. The Republicans will tell you that they were shut out of meetings and discussions as the Democrats basked in their victory, telling them "you lost, get over it". Democrats will tell you that the Republicans refused to compromise on any issue and that they're the Party of "no".
It's not Barack Obama's fault. It is his Party's fault. The fault of the Democratic Representatives and Senators to reach even one compromise with their Republican counterparts. Having such an overwhealming majority in the Congress the last two years, it was incumbant on them to find common ground on which to build consensus with the opposite Party. If they had started with that approach and reached agreements, then other compromises would likely have occurred, from both sides, and the contentiousness that is so prevalent in Washington may have been reduced. It is also their fault for not using that supermajority to get more done. They could easily have acted on every promise they made during the election cycle and given bills to the President. They failed in that aspect also.
Now, the Republicans must start that process. If they fail to reach agreement on issues with the Democrats and the atmoshpere that imperviates our capitol remains, we will have two years of stalemate. If that occurs, the 2012 election cycle will be interesting, to say the least.