09/16/2010 12:54 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

2010 Midterms: 8 Lessons Learned Before November

Except for a little clean-up duty in Louisiana and Hawaii, the rowdy and random 2010 midterm primary season concluded this week, with more upstarts and upsets. Now, the remaining general election candidates, not to mention the leaders of both major political parties, are trying to discern what in the world the voters are trying to tell them - or whether there even are any coherent messages to be gleaned in this grueling election season.

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