A lot of my liberal friends are despairing now; what with the election results. Personally, I’m actually not too worried. These things go in cycles. I remember back in 2002 the Republicans thought they had a “permanent majority”. Four years later they were all voted out in disgrace. (I exaggerate, but only a bit).
To an extent, this was a referendum on people’s dissatisfaction with the Obama administration, but more than anything else, I think people have a tendency to think “things are not great right now; let’s vote some other guys in.” In two or four years, when things are still not perfect, people will get sick of Republicans and vote the Democrats in.
Liberal ballot initiatives, like raising the minimum wage, actually passed even as Republicans won. That tells me people are more generally discontented with the status quo than they are mad at one party or excited about the other.
Of course, I suppose the fact that people are relying on either of the parties to fix the nation’s problems, when the past strongly suggests they can’t, is cause for despair. So, ok; carry on despairing. Forget I said anything.