All the post election talk from politicians (including Democrats) and commentators on “the bipartisan future”, “working together” the way voters want, deciding on deficit reduction “sacrifices” and so forth, is a cover up for the real future:

1.The Republicans, fixated on 2012, don’t want anything done that could credit President Obama, therefore any “working together” has to look like his surrender, with a “working together” cover story.

2. The Republican agenda cannot improve the economy (extend tax cuts for the wealthy, which public opinion opposes, and is a $700 billion that could go a long way to reducing the deficit). Despite the fact that the “sacrifices” will all have been taken by voters sold the Republican bill of goods in 2010, we will arrive at 2012 with an economy in worse shape, Obama blamed, and the same voters persuaded to buy the same bill of goods.