I would argue that this Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel piece is generally accurate, if incomplete. Take this portion for example:
"It's kind of what-have-you-done-for-me-lately and Democrats have not performed well nationally," said Joe Heim, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.
"What is surprising is how fast the pendulum has swung."
Heim sees Democrat ineffectualism as the reason voters have grown so impatient with them so quickly. That is surely true for the liberal base, but probably not true for the coveted independents that are the focus of this piece. The "pendumlum has swung" so quickly because Independents now clearly see how far to the left liberals want to move the country. And it's also not because of President Obama's contention that they haven't explained things clearly enough. No, conservatives, moderates and independents all too clearly understand the far-leftist agenda at work. That's the problem. It's not "what have you done lately?" that has the libs in trouble. It's what are you going to try to do to me next? And even if they don't trust conservatives to turn around the wagon that's headed for the cliff, it looks like they'll settle for someone who'll slow the horses down a bit.
If Republicans can convince moderates and Indies that they WILL turn around completely and head away from the cliff, it could be a big, big year for conservatives.