Ok, everyone knew Deeds would lose in Virginia. I'm surprised at Christie's win in NJ; I think it was someone at TPM which suggested that state officials get their rules of succession off the shelf so that they know who is supposed to run the state when Christie is indicted. Though given New Jersey's reputation, perhaps they're prepared for that all the time.
And Democat Bob Owens won in NY-23. I'll be honest that I was hoping for a Hoffman win so the teabaggers would be encouraged to seek out as many windmills as they could to tilt at. But the real winner in this race is not Owens or Obama, it's Fox News and most notably Glenn Beck. No, really, this election was quite an accomplishment for them and their teabagging hordes: they managed to become so extreme in their views, and to drag so many Republicans along with them, that the people of NY-23 have elected the first non-Republican to represent them since 1873. If we're really lucky, they'll work even harder to whip the teabaggers up and this loss won't stop them from replicating the crazy all over the country next year.
Let's see, the Democrat won in CA-10, which is no surprise at all, though the storyline of "Republicans lose long-held seat to Democrats while Democrats keep their seat with little effort" isn't likely to show up in Washington Post.
Marriage equality got the results it seems to always get: advancing in one area (Washington State, a little step) and getting beaten back in another (Maine). Unfortunately, hating gays is still a powerful motivation for people to get to the polls. My thoughts and prayers go out to the people in all parts of this country who are not afforded equality before the law. We'll win this someday.
So what does all this mean for Obama? There's two answers: 1. According to the Village, "Obama's in trouble because blah blah mmmghfm - excuse us, we can't speak with Rupert Murdoch's dick in our mouths." and 2. In the real world, nothing. Governors are about the state, not DC. In 2008 Democrats only picked up one governorship, in Missouri - and that state gave its electoral votes for McCain. Virginia and New Jersey were about themselves, not Obama. And in spite of the blathering we're sure to hear and at which we'll all get pretty mad, the majority of Americans - including and especially those living in VA and NJ, will never make the Villager's false connection.