I totally disagree we are not finished Bloodstone. Nesaie I would have pegged you as a Rosanne Barr/ Cindy Sheehan voter, who got 36,914 votes in California believe it or not.
I disagree with you because Obama did not regain control of the Congress, and we do have these checks and balances, one of them being the staggered terms in the Senate and House, that evolves at intervals staggering the Presidential terms. Obama felt the sting of loosing the House 2 years ago, and the voters sent him the same message in the House, plus the Dems do not have the super majority of the Senate, they only have a slight majority. So all is not lost, and Obama will be forced to move towards the moderate middle, if he wants to get anything done.
The President is not the Lone Ranger, President has to work in Conjunction with the Congress which gives all the states and people a systematic input to what and how the President has to preform. He has already shown he needs to reach out to them and work out differences. If he refuses to do that not much will change.
I think what we have seen since 2000 is the stark comparison between the right wing Bush conservative era, and the Left wing liberal era. The stark difference between the opinions of many social issues, military issues, concepts of government programs, with the economy stuck in the middle. Clinton had to move to the moderate side of compromise and work with a mixed congress, Obama will have to do the same thing. If he has any chance of throwing off the idea he is the worst President since Carter, he has to do this.
Seems very odd that if the Democrats won, they would not have voted to gain back seats in the house, but they didn't. What does that tell us? Seems very strange ROmney/Ryan lost, however Ryan got reelected as Senator in his state, which they lost for President.