Ok, Democrats. You're in the driver's seat now. You guys said that you'd make it all better. And now, you've got no excuses and no one to blame but yourselves if in 4 years time we're not in Ronald Regan like nirvanha.
In fact, the comparisons are pretty apt. The country was in bad shape, both at home and abroad at the end of Jimmy Carter's term as president. The country voted for change with both feet and elected Ronald Regan. He presided over the biggest peacetime economic expansion the country has ever known, and over the demise of soviet communism. Well, at the end of the Bush presidency, the country's in the shitter again, and the country has voted for change once again with both feet and elected Barack Obama. It will be interesting to see where we are 4 and 8 years hence in comparison to where we were in 1984 and 1988 relative to 1980.
I think either way it'll be telling. If things do improve, then it proves that the republicans and democrats really are highpopalorum and lowpopahighram, just like Huey P. Long said they were. If things don't improve, then I'll look back and say, "See? They said that if I voted for John McCain, the country would still be in the shitter and they were right: I voted for John McCain, and the country is still in the shitter." (with appologies to the old saying about Goldwater and the Vietnam war).