If we are realistic about the sad state of affairs in our nation we will acknowledge that almost half our fellow citizens are reliant on Uncle Sugar. In past decades there is little doubt that Obama would be toast based on his performance and the stagnant economy. However, we need to admit that roughly 50/50 is the new norm in politics. It will be very difficult to turn things around given that we will be looking at decades of “austerity” measures to dig ourselves out of the hole. Cut enough of the government bennies and the other side will be highly motivated - see Greece, France, and what the rats are attempting in Wisconsin.
I am not optimistic we could sustain any kind of long term austerity measures to pay down our debt while we allowed the free market to grow the economy. There are plenty of “conservatives” who will vote for themselves too when the cuts affect them. Sorry, that is just the way I see it. We are in a world of hurt and it will take generations to turn it around. Difficult to do when a nation is so evenly divided and the media/academia are firmly in the other sides camp.
“However, we need to admit that roughly 50/50 is the new norm in politics.”
You are right, but not because liberals and conservatives are split 50:50. Instead, this is the result of having only 2 parties; each one wants to take its base and add just enough from the middle to win 50.1% of the vote. Obama had to manufacture the “war on women” because without cutting some pieces from the middle he has little chance; there are not enough public school teachers, unassimilated permanently dependent minorities, and homosexual deviants to get him elected (that is his base). The Dems had to cripple the “white” birthrate by economic means in the hopes that the open borders policy will add enough in the “unassimilated permanently dependent minorities” category to bring them closer to 50% in their base (they were using blacks for this, until young whites started breeding in the same manner - they couldn’t deny them government benefits on skin color alone).
The media has been on the left’s side since Vietnam; it is only in the past 20 years or so that is was so open about it. There is no longer any pretense of impartiality.