I think that is correct. The People were dissatisfied and they showed it, both in 2006 and 2008. That tells me that things did not improve enough after 2006 for the People to be happier (with the Republicans). This by-election here in Massachusetts shows that the People are still unhappy. As these two maps show Mr Brown did well in a big ring around Boston, from Salisbury to Chatham and out toward Tolland. And, he seems to have bested President Obama's numbers almost everywhere in the Commonwealth.
My suggestion for the President is to look at President Lyndon Johnson and Civil Rights.♠ LBJ cut a deal with Everett M Dirkson, the Senate Minority Leader, and passed the legislation. In Lowell no one under the age of 65 remembers Everett Dirkson, or his sidekick, Charlie Hallack. But, the legislation was passed. If the President cut a deal with the Senate Minority Leader, Mitch McConnell, he could get 45% of what he wants and that would be a big deal—remember, we need health care reform, just not the way it is being
Regards — Cliff
♠ I am sure this idea is not original with me.