You see, the only reason why you did so well in the first place is that as a person, you seemed way cooler than most other politicians. Wayy more cool than John McCain, even with his heroism and long record of public service. Most of those who voted for you didn't even really care about the details of your platform. They were willing to let any serious discussions of the impacts of what you were proposing slide, or perhaps even give it a try. After all, Bush and the Republicans had at it for eight years; eight tough years. Years during which the media continuously told us how bad things were, how bad Bush was, how terrible the wars were and so on. So everyone agreed it was time for a change. And as the very candidate running on change, you beat the milquetoast John McCain handily. Fine.
But it's been 4 years now. And I'm pretty sure that when you said change, most people thought you meant a change from Bush. I'm pretty sure they didn't think you meant a change from the greatness and freedom of America. And 2010 was proof of that: one of the first big opportunities the people had to rebuke your power. Which they did, overwhelmingly, or to use your term, "shellack"-ingly. Is that a word? In any case, there was also the stream of newly elected blue state Republican governors, such as Chris Christie, and Scott Walker, and the failed recall and so on.
But never mind all that, you thought. "I'm LeBron, baby." Seriously, you said that about yourself back in 2004 and it goes to your over-sized ego and state of mind. I've worked in my career for 20 years, and I believe I am excellent at it. But I've never boasted about my skills like that, ever, and would laugh at anyone who did. Even LeBron doesn't go around saying, "I'm LeBron baby." But that's actually the type of guy you are. In all of your wisdom, you kept on. Forget Clintonian centrism; faced with popular backlash, you just knew your wonderfulness would just smooth it all over, is that right?