Whatever else you might think of former Rep. Tom Davis, there’s no question that he’s an astute political analyst. Here, Davis analyzes the 2010 race for Congress, particularly the structural factors driving what’s happening. Note that he specifically rejects the idea that anything unusual is going on this cycle. Instead, what Davis argues is that this year is simply a continuation of the same voter unhappiness, and desire for a “check” on whoever is in power, that we saw in 2006 and 2008. Also, Davis argues that we haven’t really had any good news at the national level this decade (he cites 9/11, the wars, Katrina, the economic meltdown in 2008, etc.), so the American people “feel betrayed and angry” in general. In other words, this is a tough time to govern, whether you have an “R” or a “D” (or any other letter) after your name. No, it’s not the simplistic/moronic “referendum on Obama” narrative the corporate “lamestream media” loves to push, but it’s also a lot more based in reality.