As I wrote in response to Bernie's 11/6/12 column:
We can never know for sure, but the President's bailout of the auto industry, combined with his perceived effective response to the recent hurricane tragedy (and Gov. Christie's approval of same), probably carried the day for Mr. Obama in Ohio and, when all the votes are counted, in Florida, too. More generally, signs of an improving economy and bin Laden's execution convinced enough of the electorate that we shouldn't be switching sea captains mid-ocean, particularly when our current helmsman is attempting to navigate between a domestic Scylla and an international Charybdis while simultaneously trying to fend off a McConnell-led mutiny by half the ship's crew.
Unfortunately, Bernie, who has written eloquently in the past about media bias, is letting his own biases cloud his objective analysis of the election. Similarly, in groping to understand how they lost again this time around, conservatives (on this website and elsewhere) denigrate the majority of the country who chose the President's vision over that of his opponent. Many of them will quite erroneously believe the lesson of this election is that their candidate didn't tack far enough to the Right.
At some point, those who consider themselves political pundits, as well as those who consider themselves statesmen, should remember that politics is the Art of Compromise. While the nation is basically evenly divided on ideology, a clear majority of its citizens want their leaders to conduct themselves according to this basic truth.