Nuts and bolts, courtesy of The Hammer:
"We’re only at the midpoint. Obama won a great victory in 2008 that he took as a mandate to transform America toward European-style social democracy. The subsequent counterrevolution delivered to that project a staggering rebuke in November 2010. Under our incremental system, however, a rebuke delivered is not a mandate conferred. That awaits definitive resolution, the rubber match of November 2012.
"I have every sympathy with the conservative counterrevolutionaries. Their containment of the Obama experiment has been remarkable. But reversal — rollback, in Cold War parlance — is simply not achievable until conservatives receive a mandate to govern from the White House."
"...that he took as a mandate to transform America toward European-style social democracy." That's right. We warned you, America. But you wouldn't listen. The One was going to 'transcend politics.' Now you know different.
And this appears to be the perfect moment for a big, fat thank you, Obamazoids!