Like fourth graders hoping to be rewarded for a good report card, far too many Democrats were convinced the only way to get voters to support them was to present inventories of positive actions they had performed in office.
Despite what you are hearing about Tea Party Populism and hopping mad Main Streeters, one thing is indisputable. The more money you make, the more likely you were to cast a ballot for Republicans in the 2010 elections.
With the current political stalemate, President Obama cannot possibly succeed in his ambitious agenda. But there is something he can do, long-term, to give us a Congress actually intent on resolving our problems.
Now that the election is over and the Democrats have officially abdicated control of the House of Representatives, is it too much to hope that we can have a candid national debate about what has gone wrong with the Obama Administration?
Obama called Giants manager Bruce Bochy to congratulate him on the team's World Series victory. The conversation was no doubt perfunctory, but the sports-minded president would have done well to ask the Giants skipper for advice.
The result of this election is not an endorsement neither of a right-wing agenda. The Democrats actually did much better than they should have if the talk of an electorate that has turned against a "big government" agenda is really accurate.
What we're witnessing in the United States is the entrenchment of corporatocracy, which right now wraps itself in a Tea Party cloak, creating the illusion that it stands for something other than its own interests.