One more, then I'll shut up
I keep hearing about how the Republicans lost or the Democrats won. But I think there is a limit to the effectiveness of campaigns and campaigning. Just as some drugs lose effectiveness with repeated use, so some campaign themes wear out with use. There are some changes in mood and perception that no amount of money and lies can fix. It may be that the parties are ships on changing currents. They set sails and change course as best they can, but when the current is strong it isn't up to them. It is not a completely empty phrase to say 'the people have spoken'.