Election day brought partly sunny/partly cloudy results for each side of the political spectrum, but one thing remains crystal clear: if you overreach you will be punished.

In their effort to reform a public sector that has been on an unsustainable and frankly unfair (to taxpayers) economic path for decades, Ohio's governor and state Republicans in general were overzealous and simply bit the hand that feeds them.

Earlier this year, Wisconsin passed a law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers. Ohio was trying to do the same.

But the Wisconsin law largely exempted police and firefighters, which have broad public support, particularly among conservatives. Ohi'™s did not.

Game, set, match.

As one law enforcement official said on the eve of the election: "I just can't believe what he's doing, sticking it to us Republicans. And I can't believe I'm going to be voting with the Democrats for the first time, but I have to." He did not wish to be identified.

As a result, Senate Bill 5, on the ballot as Issue 2, was crushed by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Law enforcement has long contained a strong conservative constituency, so when self-described "staunch conservatives" are making those kinds of statements, there is going to be trouble.

It's open for debate whether some public workers should be treated differently than others, like in Wisconsin, but what's not up for debate is that when you take aim at first responders, expect a response.

So Gov. John Kasich is eating some humble pie.

President Bill Clinton did the same during his first term in 1994, overreaching on health care and gun rights, resulting in the "Republican Revolution" during which they picked up 54 seats in the House of Representatives and eight in the Senate.

President Obama and Democrats took their turn at the plate in 2010, overreaching on health care and resulting in Republican pickups of 63 seats in the House and six in the Senate.

The latter lesson is still being learned as evidenced by the overwhelming passage of Issue 3, a constitutional amendment that outlaws requiring Ohioans to be forced to buy health insurance, which "Obamacare" requires all Americans to do by 2014 or be fined. The 2-to-1 passage is even more remarkable "” and a saving grace for conservatives on election day "” considering the incredible turnout in opposition to Issue 2.

With such a mixed bag of results, next November promises to be a wild ride. The electorate screams time and time again that it wants sensibility from its elected officials. More than half of Ohi'™s voters do not declare themselves on their registration as either Republican or Democrat. That "independent" mindset was on full display in November. Pay attention and tread cautiously, pols.

"It's clear that the people have spoken, and, you know, my view is when people speak in a campaign like this, a referendum, you have to listen when you're a public servant," Kasich says. "There isn't any question about that. I've heard their voices, I understand their decision, and frankly, I respect what people have to say in an effort like this. And as a result of that, it requires me to take a deep breath and to spend some time reflecting on what happened here." â–