In the short term, like it or not, much Democratic compromise is an unavoidable consequence of democracy: current politics dictate it. But going forward, Democrats can change the politics by campaigning more effectively.
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It is premature, perhaps perilous, to speak of the Democratic victory as a realignment; but Obama could make it one, and that would be a great achievement.
If Republicans want to doubt what theoretically happened on November 4, that's their right. But it doesn't change the reality.
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