I can't say that I'm overly surprised or too broken up over it. The same thing happened, only worse, after Clinton's first two years, and that's when he became a truly great President.
I'm not completely convinced that Obama's got what Clinton was made of, but even if he doesn't, perhaps there's something to be said for divided control of our governing bodies, and furthermore, although there's a huge hue and cry to repeal all that has been done these past two years, there's really nothing that can be done in that regard, at least for another two years. Still, it will make things interesting.
The only thing I worry about is that what made Clinton great was that he was able in his later years to find common interest and achieve compromise by reaching across the aisle. Even in spite of a government shutdown and impeachment proceedings.
I'm not sure that sort of compromise is possible, nowadays. Some of these people were elected with the mandate NOT to find common agreement in anything. If that's the case, I'm not exactly sure what will be accomplished these next two years. Can America afford to have things put on pause, moving in any direction, for that long?
Hey, maybe. Think of it as a period of digestion, after you've had a huge Thanksgiving dinner.
It will also be interesting to see whether these folks change as they move from politicking to actually attempting to govern. The two are completely different, as Obama has discovered. That's going to be really fun to watch.