Independent voters are moving strongly to Republican candidates in the New Jersey and Virginia governors races, an ominous sign for Democrats whose gains in 2006 and 2008 were built on heavy support from unaligned voters.In Liberal Fantasy Land, "Independents" are the magical voters who are above party affiliation. They are the ultimate Prize and must be won at all costs. They are the Key to winning any election and both Democrats and Republicans (but mostly Republicans) need to change their party to fit the "Independents." Since they don't have political views, it's hard find out exactly how the party needs to change, but you still need to do it anyway.
The idea that Independents are "moving strongly to Republican candidates" is false. Today's elections were all about conservatives sending a message. They came out in droves and won Virginia. And while NJ and NY23 are still too close to call, it's very likely the Right will win there, too. Since the epic failure of the 2008 election, conservatives have been organizing like never before. The Tea Party movement happened and is still going strong. Palin's endorsement of Doug Hoffman started a conservative tidal wave of support. Voters are starting now: voting out big government, RINOs and higher taxes - and voting in conservatives, individual freedom and getting the government off our backs.
The Left's new talking point about the elections today is how the results don't matter. They're trying to downplay how big this day was because they don't want to admit that the majority of Americans are fed up. Conservatives used today as a 2010 preview and the Left is waking up to the fact that they could lose their jobs next year.
Chris Cillizza is (still) trying to push the meme that "Independents" matter. He can't see that the sleeping giant (conservatives) woke up, because in his mind the majority of Americans are not conservative. So he falls back on "Independents" being the magical entity that decides elections. In doing so he downplays the conservative movement. Instead of saying that conservatives are unifying and getting stronger and sending a message, he goes straight to the thing he knows best and what makes sense in his mind - Independents. What else would you expect from the corrupt media?