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Sure we hoped for more from Barack Obama’s re-election, especially after all the talk about republicans learning their lesson.

Our main goal, of course, was to keep Romney out of the white house.  We felt relief – even euphoria – but soon recognized that the second term would echo the first.

To console ourselves, we cling to the belief that the next three years won’t be as bad as Bill Clinton’s re-election followed by impeachment.  But who knows?  Our opponents will do anything to undermine the Obama presidency.

We lose interest in the specifics:

The Shutdown, the Obamacare rollout and the NSA.  We get tired of all the political noise from the “commentariat.”

Yet despite misgivings and disappointments, we stay loyal to Barack Obama.

Even wonder about what his administration could have accomplished had the republicans not been utterly determined to disparage and destroy him.

So we read novels, keep up with Breaking Bad (I still haven’t gotten to it yet), get our work done, concentrate on family and friends.

And start ruminating about the 2014 and 2016 cycles.

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