As John Quiggin has been emphasizing, this across-the-board poor performance puts the lie to claims that it’s all because of that scary Obama person; in fact, the US has done better than the rest, although still quite badly — this is indeed a race between the halt and the lame.
Of course, the corollary is that this also puts the lie to claims that it's all because of that terrible Bush person. This was a global crisis. Attributing the last four years to either Republicans or Democrats is myopic American parochialism.
For such a diverse city, the L.A. City Council is a depressing bastion of likeminded men.
Did Obama lock down the independent vote with his move to reform immigration law? Newsweek and The Daily Beast’s Michael Tomasky and David Frum debate the liberal and conservative perspective on the latest immigration reform.