It can be said, of course, the Republicans lost it. And that trajectory to defeat began in the leadership run. In the end they settled for a guy that stands for everything and nothing; a hard core fiscal conservative with a liberal record as governor who morphed into an average white guy promoting much the same thing as Obama but at least more specific.
The train wreck started when Herman Cain was driven off the field, according to some by a sex scandal financed by the Romney camp.
So, like 2004 the conservatives of American had to settle for a candidate not so much weak as fatigued by his own record.
But what does it say after all the billions spent, the carbon emissions exhausted into the atmosphere from jetting hither and yon, that the country is in exactly the same place it was when this whole nightmare began? For one thing, it says Obama is weak, perhaps even weaker than McCain and Romney, only blessed with more charisma and star power. Based on the popular vote, which ever version you pick between now and when it’s finally finalized, the difference isn’t really much more, if anything at all, than what an incumbent should have.
So what did the Democrats win? They get to have “their” guy in the White House another four years. That’s it.
While, as he should, Obama is pledging to “work with both sides of the aisle” we all know that isn’t going to happen. He’s just not the kind of guy to compromise as has been demonstrated the last two years. He will try to raise taxes, and the Republican House will do everything in its power to block him, which, based on the last two years practically guarantees another two years, at least, of grid lock, finger pointing, name calling and the signature aspect of the Obama administration, blaming the “other guy”.
The true loser in election 2012? The American people who will one day awaken to the fact their debt level is greater than that of Greece, that even if Obama is successful in increasing taxes on the one per cent, it will mean nothing more than those funds paying off some of the interest on the national debt; that is if, and it’s a big if, Obama doesn’t go on another spending spree.
And I for one am not going to bet against him doing so.