[T]he subtext of the entire Republican campaign to unseat the president depended vitally on the subtext that a second term would devolve into Alinsky Unchained. It is entirely possible that the two most disappointed subsets of humanity walking the planet are the people who awoke on December 22 and realized that the Mayans were wrong, and the people who awaken the day after Inauguration Day and discover that they have not been hauled off to a FEMA camp on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. And, in a way, it's hard not to sympathize with them a little. After all, in their own little prefabricated universe, with its own media and its own facts and its own history and its own science, and its own political candidates who subject themselves to all those uniquely designed physical laws, a second term for Barack Obama can lead only to the horrors they have been anticipating for five years. If this universe has a polestar to guide it, it has to be Hale-Bopp.