Barack Obama has normalized George W. Bush's Wall Street, education, and "anti-terrorism" policies. So, welcome to the new normal, where Wall Street criminals go free, whistleblowers are prosecuted, and tens of millions are unemployed.
Southern Democracy -- defined as entrenched regional rule -- is no more. Republicans now reign throughout most of the South. The best that Southern Democrats can hope for is restoring their party to competitive parity in a two-party system.
As the current, unfolding election season demonstrates, the excitement and energy of partisan politics lies mainly in Republican campaigns in the South, while the historically-dominant Democrats mainly sit and stew in envy.
Republicans have not turned their 2010 electoral success into popularity. Only a few polls since last October show Republicans with a higher net approval than Democrats. And in fact, the gap has widened since April.
In exchange for $4 billion, House Republicans have agreed to postpone a vote on a budget that would effectively dismantle the federal government, giving Democrats two weeks to go out and find some balls.
In this election year, where incumbents fared badly and Democratic majorities were overthrown in a record number of state and federal legislative chambers, state legislators promoting paid sick days defied the national trend.
An election like this one always calls for both moral centering and political recalibration. Leaders of both parties were talking the morning after the election about cooperation to solve the nation's problems. That will likely also take a movement.
It's easy to give up, throw up our hands, and retreat to our everyday lives, especially when faced with an uphill battle like we have the next two years. But the fight for equality is never easy and never over.