Obama needs to listen when even the NY Times and Chris Mathews says he is elitist. In fact had the Tea Party turned it into Tea Party vs Cocktail Party it would have been a blood bath.
In the House those Democrats that survived are probably going to distance themselves from Obama. Hillary will demand a sacrafice like VP or jump ship. If she were as smart as she thinks she jumps ship and runs again.
As stated before commies like the Duck will talk about Tea Party candidates losing but the election was a repudiation of Obama the faculty lounge lizard. He needs to govern from the center ala Bill Clintoon or face extinction in 2012.