This analysis by Jonathan Cohn (The New Republic) raises some interesting theories and possible scenarios regarding Obama's reaction to Tuesday's outcome. The article can be found here: woub: : The New Republic: Why The President Is So Calm (2010-11-02) Among the more enlightening observations made: "Obama and his allies have accomplished an entire term's worth of legislation in just two years. Financial regulation, direct student lending, the Recovery Act, and health care reform -- that's a record of accomplishment unmatched in recent history. Losses were inevitable at the midterms. Why get worked up?" "...with a Republican Congress blocking new economic initiatives, Obama won't have much ability to create jobs -- or even help those who can't find any. If the economy continues to recover this slowly, the Republicans won't merely solidify their hold on Congress in two years. They'll also be in a position to win the White House." "...it's possible the Republicans will overreach, particularly if their gains on Tuesday are of historic proportions. In fact, Obama may be counting upon the GOP leadership to go too far -- to assume a mandate for conservative governing that doesn't exist." "One constant in Obama's record is his assumption that American people will act like political grown-ups-- that, when presented with a choice between a party that takes governing seriously and one that does not, they will choose the former." (He gives them too much credit, imo) "But will the American people react that way?... Just look at the polls right now. Americans say they trust Obama and the Democrats more than the Republicans, but that they are more likely to vote for the Republicans anyway. Who's to say they wouldn't vote the exact same way in 2012?" ???