While channel surfing last night I got to listen to several Democratic spin artists discussing the previous day's elections.
On Fox News Nancy Pelosi was shown declaring election day a huge victory for the Democrats since they had won two Congressional seats. (She didn't mention the two resounding victories by Republican gubernatorial candidates.) Pelosi even willed her Botoxed face into a grotesque caricature of a smile.
On MSNBC Markos Moulitsas said that what he took away from the election was that NJ gubernatorial candidate Jon Corzine, who received Obama's help, was defeated by a smaller margin (49-44) than VA Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds (58-41), which meant that the election results were not a repudiation of President Obama's policies at all.
Earlier on MSNBC, Chris Matthews had on Michael Steele, the Republican Party chairman, yet would only discuss the results of the upstate NY Congressional race, which Matthews felt illustrated the disorganization of the Republicans. (That particular race did, but Chris, wasn't there a larger message the voters sent?)
It's not as if Republican spin artists are any better.
The day I hear a party operative (usually identified as a Democratic or Republican "strategist") say, on TV, "Yes, the electorate sent us a strong message yesterday. We really have to take a long, hard look at our policies and think about what we're doing wrong," I'll be a happy man.
But it would be a fleeting happiness, because hearing that would probably give me a heart attack at the same time.