It is now almost midnight on election night and all the results are not in. The GOP has taken control of the Senate, winning seven Democratic seats so far (West Virginia, Arkansas, Colorado, Montana, South Dakota, North Carolina and Iowa). The party held on to Kentucky and Kansas. In Louisiana, Mary Landrieu is on the ropes but she has a history of winning runoffs, so we will hold judgment.

The Republicans also picked up extra seats in the House to solidify their majority in that chamber. The pressure is on for them to now govern, not complain. They need immigration reform as much as the Democrats do. The Democrats need it to fulfill a promise to a solid constituency; the GOP needs it because they don’t dare go into 2016 as a pariah to Hispanics. Demographics of national votes are not as friendly to them as the off-year elections have been.

Interestingly, many incumbent governors who found themselves in close races have been re-elected. Voters were mad as hell at both parties but it seems they were madder in the Senate votes than in the state races. So rather than 2014 being an anti-incumbent year, it thus far is a referendum on President Barack Obama. Americans told exit pollsters that they are angry and dissatisfied, insecure about both foreign affairs and their economic status. For this the Republicans had a clear message — “we are not the party of Barack Obama”. The problem for Democrats is that essentially they wanted also to be the party that is not Barack Obama. Democrats should have realized that, despite the President’s lack of popularity in the battleground states, that they could have energized their base by promoting the fact of economic growth, of a lack of willingness to pull the trigger too quickly in the Middle East, and of the expansion of health care coverage. They chose not to do this. While it would be a risky gambit for the Democrats, voters decided to vote the real anti-Obama party, not the fake one.

Now the question is whether the GOP can actually expand its demographic base and show that it can govern with Mr. Obama over the next two years. Voters today did not choose their candidates out of any love for the party. If anything, voters were less enthusiastic toward the GOP leaders in Congress than they were toward the President and the Democrats. But the GOP won and the pressure is on them to perform.