Well, a nation divided down the middle has chosen to re-elect the worst president in our nation’s history while keeping the Republicans firmly in control of the House. This ensures that no major piece of legislation will get through Congress in the next two years. So the people collectively have voted for Obama and gridlock. What lessons should be taken away from this debacle?
1. The Triumph of Identity Politics -The mainstay of Obama’s victory were groups that he assiduously courted: Blacks, Hispanics, single women and homosexuals. That Obama has been a disaster for the nation in his economic and fiscal policies, and presided over a truly lousy economy, mattered not one whit to substantial majorities of these groups.
2. Divide and Rule-Obama pursued a strategy of winning by getting his supporters to the polls and demonizing his adversaries. The strategy worked and will no doubt be copied in the years to come, as politicians seek success through division.
3. Vote for Revenge-Obama and many of his followers will no doubt assume that he has received a mandate to pursue his policies. That is a mistaken view. Through the manner of his winning, Obama has ensured that half the nation will be actively working against him and all his works until he leaves office.