This will be brief. If you’re looking for close-in political analysis, the Wednesday papers are crammed with useful stuff. I’ve got but one simple point to make, and it is this:

There are significant swaths of the electorate — blue, red and purple — who are anxiously waiting to hear an economic agenda that will fix what they view as a broken economy, an agenda that will reconnect their living standards to that of the overall economy.

From what I can tell, they heard almost nothing like that in this midterm. When they did, they voted in surprising ways — I’m thinking of the minimum wage initiatives that won in some very red places.

But here’s what last night’s election wasn’t about:

“Yes, the economy has been growing and unemployment has been falling. No question, GDP is up, and solidly. But it’s hard to see much of that in your paycheck. In fact, most of the folks getting the growth don’t depend on paychecks; they depend on portfolios.

“Why is it that so little GDP growth is reaching average folks? Because there aren’t enough good jobs, because the trade deficit is too large, because finance is booming compared to manufacturing, because there’s too much outsourcing and offshoring and part-timing and subcontracting … and far too little ability to bargain for a fair slice of the growing pie — a pie you’re helping to bake!

“You don’t fix these problems by cutting taxes, ‘red tape,’ or getting rid of Obamacare. You don’t fix them by hating on the guy in White House or anybody else. You don’t even fix them today by providing better education for kids, though that’s a critical piece of what’s missing and will undoubtedly help them in the future.

“You fix them by fixing them: If the private sector isn’t creating enough jobs, then we need to invest in public goods that will generate more demand. We accept the Federal Reserve as lender of last resort when credit markets fail. Well, if we want to elevate full employment to be the national goal that it should be, then the government must be the job creator of last resort when the private sector fails.

“You fix them by fighting back when our trading partners depress the value of their currencies to get an export edge over us and by reviving the labor standards that will make sure people get the pay they deserve, whether its overtime or a decent minimum wage or the flexible scheduling you need to balance work and family.”

Okay, we’re back live in reality. That agenda requires a politics that is even further away today than it was yesterday. But I will not accept the assertion that we can’t do anything useful on economic policy because the electorate doesn’t want us to. At least not until enough policy makers, actual or aspiring, try — with conviction and persistence — to articulate the above agenda.

If they do, and they stick with it, and hammer it home with the non-squishy concreteness it requires, and it still turns out that the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, then, and only then, will I shake it off and stand down.