You make the same mistake as the pundits. They also compare, and compare with a past that's history. Since 2008 the political "business" doesn't run as usual anymore. Future assessments will probably prove that in 2008 the far-left finally took over and ushered in a new era in the history of the US. It was obvious for those who wanted to see that such a coup it's gonna take many "four years" to consolidate and ware out. In order to take the steering wheel back we'll need a completely new second party, solidly conservative.