The election wasn't just about Obama. It was also about an old man who said he wasn't a good economist, oblivious to how important the ecnomy would be at the time; who acted erratically several times towards the end of the campaign; who picked an unknow vice presidential candidate who botched most of her interviews and gave Americans little else to judge her by; and who in general didn't represent a strong enough break from his predecessor.
The election was an election, it wasn't liberals getting together and making a super candidate to jack off to like the chick from Weird Science. McCain/Palin was the weaker ticket, and it lost.
You know what the best part about all you guys pointing out how Obama has failed to get healthcare passed, close gauntanimo, get us the fuck out of Iraq/Afghanistan, be more transparent, etc.? You've bought into to idea that those things SHOULD be done. If nothing else Obama has shifted the mentality of the US from "if you don't agree with this shit you're unpatriotic, fuck the idiots who don't have healthcare, and onward Christian soliders, let's liberate the Middle East from itself" to what we have now.
He has dramatically transformed the political climate and whether or not he completes his objectives whoever comes after him will either tackle the important ones or getting harangued just like Obama, whether it's a Republican or Democrat.