Reg Henry takes up his scalpal and autopsies the election results; he finds that voters acted quite logically. Of course they did.
But Mr. Obama got the blame for the economy. Of course he did! The voters, being a tad forgetful and open to sneaky suggestion, blamed him and not the party on whose presidential watch the economy actually crashed and burned in 2007 and which has conspired to keep it a smoking ruin ever since, just to make the Democrats look bad.
To make people believe otherwise was a work of Republican genius. It required a complete suspension of facts, context and logic. Up is down, good is bad, blue is red and unreality is reality — and the voters who bothered to show up bought it. That old hack magic had them in their spell.
Then there’s a matter of gridlock. Everybody hates gridlock. We hate paralyzed government, we really do! So why not vote for the Gridlock Oldsters Party so that the gridlock ends? Well, it seemed sensible at the time.