This year, the US Democrats excelled in revealing how ineffective a party can be regardless of mandate. With record breaking majorities in both the House and the Senate, the Democrats struggled to achieve major policy breakthroughs — and failed to effectively communicate to the American public the breakthroughs they had made. Guaranteed healthcare for everyone? Actually not a bad thing, and not evidence of Nazi Communist conspiracy. Subsequently, the “yes we can” party took a hammering in the mid-terms and the door of opportunity was slammed shut (although one could be forgiven for thinking that the Democrats had been missing the door and repeatedly walking into the frame, in the manner of Sideshow Bob and his rakes).