“How do you explain the 2010 midterms, which were largely a referendum on Obama’s policies?”
They were midterms, the adults turned out to vote, the kids and other mental lightweights stayed home. With the full court press of the MSM and Obama’s huge war chest, the dim masses could be fired up again.
No one wants to be rid of Obama any more than I do. I’m simply saying he won’t be easy to beat. Our nominee is important, and participation is important. A lot of freepers stayed home in 2008. I held my nose and voted McCain because I understood the threat Obama posed. I was right, those that stayed home were terribly wrong. I don’t want to see Obama get a 2nd term, the damage will be irreversible from a 2nd term.
In 2008, no Rep could have beaten Obama or Hillary. The country had soured on Bush and no one wanted a third term for the GOP. McCain was a terrible candidate and that just cemented the result.
The 2006 midterms returned power to the Dems who regained control over Congress after an absence of 12 years. The 2006 results were the harbinger of what would happen in 2008. The Dems were motivated, angry, and well-funded. Obama was the hope and change candidate as the US economy was in free fall. In 2012, the candidate with the blank slate will not be Obama. He has a record and it ain't good. The results of the 2010 midterms are an indication of what will probably happen in 2012. The Left, MSM, and some GOP cassandras try to minimize the 2010 results and paint them as essentially meaningless. They will be saying in 2012 how "unexpected" the results were.