Since Republicans usually don't have too great of ideas for jobs, one must wonder exactly why both New Jersey and Virginia went red.
In New Jersey, it was all about corruption and property taxes.
In Virginia it's less clear. Jobs was the #1 issue but some of the comments imply voters are royally disgusted with the bank bail outs and also the spending without the results in jobs.
Perhaps most striking were economic views: A vast 89 percent in New Jersey and 85 percent in Virginia said they were worried about the direction of the nation's economy in the next year; 56 percent and 53 percent, respectively, said they were "very" worried about it.
Voters who expressed the highest levels of economic discontent heavily favored the Republican candidates in both states – underscoring the challenge Obama and his party may face in 2010 if economic attitudes don't improve. The analogy is to 1994, when nearly six in 10 voters said the economy was in bad shape, and they favored the out-of-power Republicans by 26 points, helping the GOP to a 52-seat gain and control of Congress for the first time in 42 years.
In Virginia on Tuesday, voters who were "very" worried about the economy concern supported the Republican winner, Bob McDonnell by a wide margin, 77-23 percent. In New Jersey, while the gap wasn't quite so broad, voters who were most worried about the economy backed the Republican Chris Christie by 61-34 percent as he unseated incumbent Democrat Jon Corzine.
So, what does this mean?
So my take, beyond simply getting out the vote, campaign organizations and the rest of it, is Dems blew it on jobs and economic policy, so voters just kicked them out.
For New Jersey, it assuredly didn't help Corzine is connected to Goldman Sachs.
Also interesting to note is in Virginia, immigration enforcement was an issue.