Hey, when you lose 55 or so seats in the House and eight in the Senate educated guesses you have to blame someone, right? Someone besides yourselves, or the economy? So who better to blame than the White House, which never found a message that resonated with swing voters. Now "some high-level Democrats" want Obama to "remake his inner circle or even fire top advisers" because of it, according to The Wall Street Journal.
Among the complaints: Mr. Obama conveyed an incoherent message that didn't express what Democrats would do over the next two years if they retain power; he focused more on his own image than helping Democratic candidates; and the White House picked the wrong battle when it attacked Republicans for using "outside" money to pay for campaigns, an issue disconnected from voters' real-world anxieties.
Not unreasonable criticisms (we made them here and here)! But it's also possible the only message that would have worked this year is, "Here are a few million permanent jobs!" which would also have had to coincide with a few million permanent jobs becoming available.