The Washington Post's Michael Shear over-reads last weeks elections:
If he [President Obama] needed any reminder of how difficult that remains, the week began with a blunt message for his party from voters, who resoundingly rejected two Democratic candidates for governor and sent a shock through members of Congress who are up for reelection next year.
Senior Obama aides sought to minimize the power of that message but were largely out-shouted by a chorus of pundits and even some Democrats on Capitol Hill who warned that the results do not portend good things for Obama and his party next year.
Exit polls showing that people who voted in last week's elections generally did not consider them to be referendums on Obama? Not mentioned.
The Democrats' 2-0 record in last week's Congressional special elections? Not mentioned.