Amanda’s article is good, but I tend to think that pundits and politicians vastly overinterpret election results. Everyone tries to figure out what “message” voters were sending, and just about everyone tends to find a message that, surprise, lines up with their own political predilections. For my part, I think the Dem victory on Tues. was a clear message from voters that I deserve a raise.
Really, though, I suspect the general public sends one of two messages in any given election: “eeennnh” (displeased) or “eh” (disinterested). Any interpretation beyond that tends to do little but reflect the interpreter’s filter.