Once Obama took office with a super-majority in both houses, the Democratic motto was, “They can do it our way or we'll do it without them.” Most notably, they passed a $700 billion+ pork bill lining their own pockets but leaving the Republicans (and their constituents) out in the cold — the most monumental case of corruption this nation has ever seen.
No more. Massachusetts independents decided to put an end to the one-party system, at least for the foreseeable future. If Obama wants to accomplish anything now, he will actually have to engage in diplomacy, instead of just setting his dogs loose.
For the record, I consider myself an independent, although I registered Republican as the lesser of two evils. I don't particularly care which party holds the White House or the Capitol. Indeed, I am inclined to agree with those who say that the government can only do lasting good when power is split between the parties, forcing politicians to talk to one another.
Obama has been given a second chance to bring about positive change. Let's see if he uses it this time.