Sixth, this black president with the funny name is trying to lead America out of the great recession, by far the worst recession since the depression, and the Republicans were wildly successful in convincing much of the voting public to forget what they had done to drag America into the great recession, and that Obama should have been able to snap his fingers, wave a magic wand, and voila!, everything's all good again!
Seventh, President Obama made a few serious mistakes in that he (1) didn't trumpet every day how his efforts were indeed helping America out of the great recession, (2) didn't make the stimulus big enough, (3) didn't attack the Republicans day in and day out for what they'd done to the American economy during the Bush administration, and, in my opinion (4), didn't haul many of the previous administration before the Hague for war crimes trials which were richly warranted by international and American law, which would, in my opinion, have damaged the Republican brand even further.
So my question, then, is this: why wasn't the Republican victory in the 2010 midterms much bigger than it was? Given the above advantages they had, in my opinion they should have been able not only to take more House seats, but they should have been able to capture the Senate as well. But they didn't, did they? What's more, as of today, Obama's approval rating (43%) is equal to the average of Reagan's approval rating throughout 1982, despite all the advantages the Republicans have had this year over the black president with the funny name!
That's why I love holding current events up to the harsh light of history. For by doing so, I see that the Republican victory in the 2010 midterm elections, this great mandate of the American people the Republicans are claiming in their quest to unravel the Obama agenda is nothing more than a sizable speed bump in the liberalization of America, for America as a whole is more liberal now than ten years ago, and far more liberal than a generation ago. Anyone with even a modest understanding of American history can see that from our very founding, our nation has undeniably grown progressively more liberal. Sure, we've faced other speed bumps of conservative obstructionism along the way, but in each and every case, said obstructionism has proven only temporary.