It's over, of course. Obama won. Now the debate is why?
There are several reasons, I suppose. First, the country has gotten better lately--not wonderful, but better. The ecomony is somewhat improved in some places but still worrisome. Employment is up some--again, not swell, but better. The Democrats had a better case to make in November than they would have in, say, July.
Another reason: the Republicans--not all, of course, but many of the more thoughtful ones--ran on a fairly coherent philosophy--the federal government is too big and must shrink, both in size and in the money it spends. Examples: people talked about killing the health care bill and about replacing Medicare with a voucher system. The government would spend less; recipients would get less.
It wasn't a specific plan. There were differences in degree, in detail. We don't know how a specific plan would have fared. But the election suggests, I think, that Americans don't want a smaller government that cuts their taxes but gives them fewer services.
I think we said "No." Those who disagree have four more years now to change our minds. Start your engines, again.