The Republicans emerged victorious in the midterm elections, meeting or exceeding expectations at pretty much all levels of government where there was a contest. The map below depicts the outcome for the House of Representatives.
So, with all my criticisms of Obama and the Democrats, am I thrilled? No, not at all. My observations of politics is that a Democrat controlled government does a miserable job and is voted out and replaced by Republicans who do a horrendous job who are then voted out and replaced by Democrats and the cycle begins again and repeats over and over. So now we've just entered a different part of the vicious cycle. Not much reason for hope, with me leaning more towards nope.
It is striking to me, though, just how much land area is controlled by Republicans. Except for tiny slivers of densely populated areas and a couple rare exceptions, the vast majority of the country by area is Republican dominated. The Democrats call it "fly-over country," but really, it's the country.
I have become more convinced over time that the type of government(s) needed for highly populated areas is simply different from the type of government(s) needed for less densely populated areas. So it's not that there's something the matter with Kansas, but simply it has different cultural and political needs than New York City because of the variance in population density. Once again, that points to federalism being potentially beneficial, enabling each area to build its political structure according to its needs.