The story of 2006 was that regular Americans were sick of partisan divisions in Washington. The vast and consensus-hungry middle asserted itself in November, the narrative went, finally ordering the parties and their childish politicians to stop fighting and to work together. .But something happened on the way to the evening campfire and s'mores.
What happened, of course, was that the politicians, Dems and Rethugs, were actually listening to their consituents when they demanded change (Dems) or status quo (Rethugs). Note to Dean Broder: clean off your glass navel.