The election postmortem-izing continues with another splendid article from Time.

What struck me most was the following passage on the failure of the Democrats to acheive the magic-60 senate shutout:

The victory poured down the ballot, bringing along a larger Democratic majority in both houses, though not as broad as some had predicted: Democrats widened their margins in the House and the Senate. The Republican caucus is smaller, more male and whiter at a time when the electorate is heading the other way. But the Democrats did not come close to their dream of a 60-seat, filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, which suggests that people’s hunger for change is tempered by their faith in restraint.

But of course, 3 days out from the big day, the glitz must fade and reality must begin the inevitable job of supplanting fantasy. Endless breakdowns of polling statistics will be replaced with slavering speculation over cabinet appointments, and the end of the article aptly sums up the perception-shift already well underway:

We get the leaders we deserve. And if we lift them up and then cut them off, refuse to follow unless they are taking us to Disneyland, then no President, however eloquent, however historic his mandate or piercing his sense of what needs to be done, can take us where we refuse to go. This did not all end on Election Day, Obama said again and again as he talked about the possibility of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. And so, we are merely at the end of the beginning.

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