For Obama the biggest hangover is a split Congress. Once again, the Democrats invested all the energy in key Senate races, seeing their control as vulnerable with 23 Democratic seats up for election. They not only retained all these seats, but picked up two Republican seats, notable Ted Kennedy's old seat in Massachusetts, with Elizabeth Warren exacting her revenge on the Republicans for refusing to consider her nomination for head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau back in 2011. Now, she will be able to oversea finances directly in the Senate. Unfortunately, the Democrats didn't do such a good job in the House, losing seats. At least Allen West lost his seat in Florida, with teabaggers in general fairing badly in this election cycle. It doesn't seem that the Tea Party caucus will be so strong this time around, although Michelle Bachmann will return as its fearless leader. John Boehner actually sounded contrite in his comments after Obama's historic victory Tuesday night, but it remains to be seen whether there will be any movement in current lame duck Congress.
Still, you get the sense Republicans aren't accepting the results. Karl Rove kicked up quite a tantrum on Fox News when his news station called the election before midnight. Rove refused to accept the results streaming in from Ohio, considering Hamilton county still in play. This led to leggy Megyn Kelly giving us a tour of the "decision room" at Fox. Maybe the folks at Fox can pitch in and buy Karl Rove a touch screen like the one John King uses on CNN. King's descriptions were quite effective as he showed that all those swathes of red in Ohio were accounted for. The only outstanding votes were in blue counties along Lake Erie. Hamilton county, in the south of the state, seemed split right down the middle like the rest of the country.
Donald Trump and Ted Nugent also had a hard time coming to terms with the results, venting their puerile thoughts on Twitter. As the idea of "four more years" starts to sink in, you see some Republicans actually contemplating moving abroad. I saw one friend on facebook considering a move to Belize, which makes more sense than Canada and Australia. These countries are far more "socialized" than the United States and would only increase their angst. But, I take these as idle threats. I'm sure the Republicans will retrench in the months ahead and come up with new lines of attack on the President they refuse to recognize.