The failure of the Democrats to get a public option for health insurance makes them unpopular ... for being inept or bought off or both. But the failure of the Republicans to be for anything other than defeating the other guy's ideas doesn't exactly make them the saviors of democracy either.
Public Policy Polling found just 18% of (the all important) independent voters who thought the Republican Party was on the right track. Generally speaking, PPP found that "only 28% of voters in the country say they approve of the current direction of the GOP with 51% disapproving."
I've never been convinced that 2010 was going to be 1994 all over again. There are some incumbent Republicans who'll feel the wrath too. And should.