Apparently, Americans asked for change, but did not really want it.

What this very strange period ultimately proves is that Barack Obama, for all his talk about how \”Washington\” doesnt work, and all his endless praise for the essential goodness of the American people, has to know by now that we are in fact a very political people, easily manipulated, and carefully divided against each other, over and over again, and by people who know how. I never bought the 2004 speech to the Democratic National Convention \”We are one people, all of us pledging allegiance to the stars and stripes, all of us defending the United States of America!\”, never bought a word of it. Now we are seeing it in its fundamental eclipse. Whatever Obamaism really is, it has run its course. The fight now is over what comes next.

via Obama And Post-Partisanship – The End Of Obamaism – Esquire.