Nor should Republicans overinterpret their Tuesday mandate. They received none. They were merely rewarded for acting as the people's proxy in saying no to Obama's overreaching liberalism. As one wag put it, this wasn't an election so much as a restraining order.
The Republicans won by default. And their prize is nothing more than a two-year lease on the House. The building was available because the previous occupant had been evicted for arrogant misbehavior and, by rule, alas, the House cannot be left vacant.
Same thing goes in St. Paul -- every legislative office will again be contested in 2012. All the Republican Party really got on Tuesday was an opportunity. If they blow it this time, they probably won't get another. That's why the smart Republicans aren't celebrating.