VOTERS put both political parties on notice in the two gubernatorial races in Tuesday's off-year election results; either politicians start addressing the issues that really matter to the people or go home.
In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie romped to a 21-point landslide in a state President Obama carried by 17 points last year.
In Virginia, Democrat Terry McAuliffe beat Republican Attorney General Mike Cuccinelli in a squeaker.
Despite being outspent $34 million to $14 million in a state that Obama carried last year, Cuccinelli could have won had he not concentrated on social issues that no longer resonate with an electorate that is in the fourth year of a recoveryless recovery.
But while the lesson is clear to Republicans — concentrate on economic issues — Democrats really need to worry.
McAuliffe bombarded his state with television ads and barely won because the perception outside of Washington is that the Democratic Party has failed to competently perform its executive duties.
The rollout of Obamacare provides a good example.
Google and Yahoo handle millions of users every hour with ease. Amazon does $61 billion worth of business online every year. And the government cannot run a much smaller website?