There will be plenty of time to do the forensics on how this happened. Decades even. But here is what happened.
The American people, often cited as valuing bi-partisan cooperation, re-elected the man universally recognized as the most polarizing President ever.
The American people, often characterized as naturally conservative fiscally, re-elected the man who promised to cut the deficit in half, yet increased it by more than 6 trillion dollars.
The American people, often characterized as naturally liberal socially, re-elected the man who delivered on his promise to subsidize Sandra Fluke's $9 a month contraceptive bill. OK, maybe that part does make some sense.
The American people, often held up as an industrious folk, re-elected the man with the worst economic record since the Great Depression. These so-called "industrious" people doubled down on the aptly lampooned Food Stamp President.
The American people, often described as possessing high standards for duty and responsibility, re-elected a President with a well documented record of irresponsibility that includes not even bothering to pass a federal budget three years running.
The American people, often portrayed as valuing truth and transparency, re-elected the President responsible for the Fast and Furious scandal, and who has been dodging and weaving for sixty days about just what the hell happened in Benghazi to cause the first death of an American Ambassador since 1979.
The American people, often lionized as benevolent, voted in a majority for the candidate that asked for their vote for "revenge" over the candidate that asked for their vote "for love of country."
It has never been more true than today ... In a democracy, the people get the government they deserve.
Update 12:40 pm
Small correction in detail to the original post. Candidate Empty Suit promised to cut the deficit in half. President Empty Suit increased the debt by six trillion. He accomplished this with trillion dollar to trillion dollar and a half deficits each year in office. Maybe my kids will read this and think of me when they are paying the bill.
Yep, why not try running an unapologetic and articulate conservative next time? For the first time since Reagan. Memo to Establishment GOP: even the country club dining room should be able to see RINOs can't beat the small minded race / gender / class warfare the Democrats have honed down to a filthy edge. You take care of the country club dining room and the grass roots conservative TEA Party patriots will cover everything else. Deal?
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