Michigan and Missouri spell bad news for the Democrats
When asked what the Missouri vote on health care meant, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said, "nothing".
And that may end up being true – at least temporarily. However, what Michigan and Missouri did demonstrate is how deep the water is for the Democrats this November.
Both had hot primary races for governor to draw voters and both states also have open primaries, where voters don’t have to vote in a particular party’s primary.
As it turns out, the GOP carried the day. In, Michigan, which Obama carried by 16 points, the turn out was 2 to 1 for the GOP candidates. 66% voted in the Republican primary in the state. In Missouri, where John McCain won by 0.2%, 65% voted in the Republican primary.
The pattern also held for Congressional primaries in the two states as Michael Barone reports. These sorts of actual results seem to confirm the polls that have warning about this for months. Enthusiasm is definitely on the side of the GOP.
Democrats, as they analyze these results, are going to find it a bit more difficult to whistle past the graveyard as they’ve tended to do with the polls. It is obvious, even in deeply blue states such as MI, that the natives are restless and not at all happy with the Dems.