For Some, Obama Was Just Good Enough
The secret of Barack Obama’s re-election is simply that for millions of Americans, he was just good enough. He had not fulfilled the promise of 2008, but he had passed a silent threshold. His supporters weren’t particularly excited; they weren’t interested in turning out for rallies or putting up lawn signs. They had no idea what he hoped to do in the future. They just turned out to validate the choice they made in 2008, and he won.