We Now Have Four Years of Trench Warfare Ahead of Us

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I’m unaccountably exhausted this morning. I don’t know why. I was never all that worried about the election because I believed the polls and figured Obama would win. I live on the West Coast, so I didn’t have to stay up late last night. My side not only won, but won bigger than anyone expected, so there’s no letdown. So what’s the deal?

Beats me. Maybe I’m just loathe to face up to the next four years, which promises to be an awful lot like the past two. I don’t think Obama’s second term will devolve into scandal, as so many other second terms have, but neither do I believe that Republicans will back down from their all-obstruction-all-the-time agenda. It’s going to be four years of faux drama and trench warfare, and that just doesn’t seem very appealing.

Then again, maybe I just slept badly. I’ll let you know tomorrow. 

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