OK, it's not the economy that's going to come "roaring back," as Republican Mitt Romney said. It's the Obama administration that will, roaring "Forward!"
To what is not clear.
President Obama's hand is weak. He faces a stubbornly divided nation.
He took the popular vote with 60,193,076 votes.
Romney was not that far behind with 57,468,587 votes for a different kind of "hope" and "change" than Obama offers.
A majority of the people in a great swath of territory in the interior of the country do not support where the president has taken us so far. On election maps, the interior of the nation is resoundingly red.
And Americans seemed almost carefully to preserve the current paralysis in Washington. Voters left Republicans firmly in control of the House of Representatives, where spending originates.
It appears the GOP will have 232 seats - a loss of two. Voters gave Democrats only 191 seats - a gain of only one.
Concern over Democrats' spending perhaps?