There will be plenty of time for analysis about the "why" of last night's election. Clearly, I was wrong...as were several pundits I have come to respect for their expertise. Say what you will, Karl Rove and Dick Morris know their jobs and have always delivered accurate results. But I'm sure we will discuss the reason for the outcome later.
What I don't understand is the "how." How is that we reelected a President who has failed in almost all measures of his job? How is that we reelected a former community organizer with a radical past? How is it that people voted against an experienced governor and business leader with a sterling personal background, and voted for the guy that ran a small, angry and divisive campaign? How is it that for the first time since FDR, we re-elected a President with more than 7.3% unemployment? How is it that the American people ignored Benghazi? How did we reelect the President when the top concern of voter was the economy and only 4 in 10 said we were on the right track with it? How were the final national polls off by at least 5%? How was the anecdotal evidence so wrong?
I honestly don't recognize the country that voted for this man. I don't recognize a country that voted for pessimism instead of optimism. I don't recognize a country that voted for More Free Crap™, trillion dollar deficits, and higher taxes. I don't recognize a country that voted for a man who went overseas and apologized for America...a man who was caught on an open mic essentially telling Vladimir Putin he'd give away the store on missile defense after his last election. I don't recognize a country that reelected a man who promised skyrocketing energy prices and bankrupt coal companies...and delivered on his promise. In the America I grew up in, this election wouldn't even have been close. We had better judgement. We demanded more of our leaders than "it could have been worse." We didn't hate business, the rich and oil companies. We didn't essentially take over auto companies and give them to the unions. We wouldn't tolerate a President who called his opponent a "bullshitter" and whose campaign all but called his opponent a murderer.
I don't know where this leaves us. I do know that unlike Michelle Obama, this is the first time I'm not proud of my country.