As fickle as our electorate seems to be, I'd say that we are always in a state of trying to get rid of what we have, and trying the alternative, just long enough to figure out that we don't like their policies either. There is a base on each side who vote the same every single cycle, but there seems to be a growing segment who want to just ride the fence.
"God is the name by which I designate all things which cross my path violently and recklessly, all things which alter my plans and intentions, and change the course of my life, for better or for worse."
-C G Jung
The American people lost. They replaced a bunch of politicians they didn't like with a bunch of politicians they don't like.
“Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.”
― Stephen R. Covey
The Obama line will still be that it was not his fault that others cannot sell BS as well as he can; if the congress critters won't make the laws that Obama wants then he will rule as if they did. It appears that Obama, the alleged constitutional scholar, sees using a pen and a phone as a viable alternative to following the letter of the law.
Obama'a plan for immigration "reform": who needs the power to pardon when you have the power to not bring any charges in the first place?
“The reasonable man adapts himself to the world: the unreasonable one persists to adapt the world to himself.
Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.” ― George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman
"If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner."
H. L. Mencken
last time round, the GOP did not manage primaries well so some fringers beat more established candidates (remember the "I am not a witch" twit?) who in turn lost seats to mediocre democrats. This time that sort of crap didn't happen
we also know that there is always about a 35% core for either side that will vote party no matter what. I voted against John Kasich in 2010 in favor of the incumbent Ted Strickland. Kasich earned my vote this time but the DEM contender was a complete joke yet he got 35% of so of the vote even though his complete campaign was awful. Kasich was hardly a right wing bot and his opposition didn't run any ads in SW Ohio that I am aware of
what the GOP did was did a much better job in appealing to that 30% that will go back and forth
One party makes all the promises we want to hear so we elect them. Then, they get in office and do pretty much nothing that they said they'd do. Meanwhile, the other party appeals to our disenchantment and promises us what we want to hear, so we go that way. Then, that party fails to follow through, and we get disenchanted again... rinse and repeat, back and forth, never-ending.
My biggest frustration is that we keep falling for it.
"We" being generic, overall, as a society.
If, when defending your support for Donald Trump, and your response is,
"But but but... HILLARY!!!", then you lost the argument before you even began.
Both lost IMO. The people are disatisfied with BOTH congress and the president, so this wasn't a surprise really.