OK then perhaps you would enlighten us on the real cause for the Democrat setbacks across the board and in the House of Representatives in particular during the recent election.
Great job by the Republicans in riling up their base against the Dems, based partially on truth, partially on lies and and partially upon residual anger from the 2006 and 08 elections. The creation of a seemingly outside group (the so-called Tea Parties) by Freedomworks and the Koch brothers was a pretty masterful stroke too, as it allowed people to express their anger at government without accepting responsibility for the fact that the elected officials they supported were the ones who had primarily contributed to our current mess.
Please don't base you argument on the obvious fact that in most instances the most left wing members of the Democrat caucus survived. They represent gerrymandered districts like Pelosi's own that will elect left wing Democrats forever. Political shifts (and control) in this country is usually determined by the choices of centrist and uncommitted voters, and in this election they soundly rejected Pelosi's views and actions.
Well, what does the exit polling from the election tell us, regarding Health Care Reform - the major subject under discussion?
- The number one issue driving dissatisfaction is the poor economy - not HCR or financial reform.
- This election had the highest percentage of Senior voters in forever - old, mostly white folks with computers and no jobs.
- On taxes, while there existed broad agreement that taxes on the Middle class should be kept, as many favored removing top-tier tax cuts as did keeping them; and 15% of voters (including myself) indicated that ALL the tax cuts should expire.
- On Health care, as many respondents believed it should be kept the same or expanded, as believed that it should be repealed. When respondents were asked about specific aspects of health care (such as pre-existing conditions or lifetime caps) support for repeal fell to 20%.
I'll provide a link to the article discussing the data if you like, but you don't seem to care about such things so I'm going to stop doing so in advance of your requests.
What about those results screams 'I hate the Dems' agenda?' Nothing at all. It certainly doesn't 'send a message' that Pelosi screwed things up, or that the people of the country didn't like the HCR bill.