There are a lot of puzzleing things about Obama's re-election. Maybe his blaming everyone else for his failures really worked.
I think it's the crisis mentality at work. Americans don't like to be disturbed. The pain from all of the trillions of dollars of stuff postponed until after the election haven't hit yet. This time just printing-up trillions won't work because the bond rateing agencies are sensitive to the damage they have done in Europe and won't be seen as "bought off" by the US by leaving our ratings alone.