Kernel or not, I think there's a panic.
It's a panic about the fate of America with three more years of Obama. Is inaction a form of action? The United States has lost a great deal of its influence in the world over the last few years (and tons in the last few months). And as far as his leadership goes, it's not a client crash, not a server crash, but a systemwide meltdown.
Also, to hmm:
Apart from RAM, I've seen a couple of people with kernel panics caused by attached...