He may have won the election, but now President Obama faces enormous challenges in the House and Senate – among Republicans and Democrats. To succeed, he must do what does not come naturally to him: Spend lots of quality time with lawmakers of both parties.
Tea Partiers may be more amenable to an agreement on tax revenues now that the electorate has signaled it doesn’t especially like what the Tea Party has been up to, Reich writes.
The tea party had a huge impact on the election – but not the one it sought. It kept the Senate in Democratic hands by nominating far-right, losing candidates. It pushed Mitt Romney too far to the right. What Republicans need is their own Bill Clinton. Someone like New Jersey's Chris Christie.
Here are four ways that a 269-to-269 tie in the Electoral College could play out in the 2012 presidential election.