He lost because ( I should say got massacred ) he couldn't defend his miserable record. No one can defend redistribution of ones labor and give it to some else. There is no such place as utopia, that Obama wants to take us. Only failure. History is something intellectuals disregard and have to change in order to keep seeking this non-existing dream place. Republican capitalism is the only avenue for enhancement but that requires initiative and work, something more and more people disdain. Socialists want people to share misery, not prosperity.