Supporters of President Obama, gay marriage, health care reform, and women’s rights are feeling more cheerful this weekend. But the prevailing mood around the country is more likely just relief. When the news cycle shifted to a devastating hurricane last week and it seemed like a welcome respite, you could tell the 2012 campaign was a dispiriting exercise.
American elections have become superficial, soul-sapping slogs through a small handful of battleground states, with much of the nation watching aghast as dunning campaign ads leave the truth in tatters. The barrage reduced one Colorado toddler, and probably a few adults, to tears.