A year ago, many journalists and political pundits believed that a paradigm shift had occurred in the 2008 election.[...]"... give the Democrats the upper hand for years to come."
John Judis of the New Republic and other liberal political analysts believed the election, held amid an economic meltdown, had sped up emerging trends and would give Democrats the upper hand for years to come.
Democratic success among Latinos, urban professionals, and women had helped build a new coalition that would endure as white males receded like mastodons at the end of the Pleistocene epoch.
As Washington Post columnist Harold Myerson gushed after Obama’s win: “The future in American politics belongs to the party that can win a more racially diverse, better educated, more metropolitan electorate. It belongs to Barack Obama’s Democrats.”
"It belongs to Barack Obama's Democrats."
"... white males receded like mastodons at the end of the Pleistocene epoch."
With the goober-natorial Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia and especially Brown's mastodonic Republican victory to replace the liberal lion of the Senate it would appear that the Democrats' upper hand has been thrust up their nostrils to the wrist.
Although Barack Obama's Democrats have only been in power for one single year and that power looks to be on the wane, each day still feels like a thousand years.
November cannot come soon enough and my hope is for much political change.
The scientists in our secret basement laboratory have been working on human cloning for many years with only partial successes. Producing clones of Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barney Frank have proved very easy, but Paul Ryans are much harder to duplicate.