It was a dark and stormy time. Early cyclones brewed in the North Atlantic, and flesh-eating zombies strolled the streets, generating many headlines on the Drudge Report. And in a related matter, Willard Mitt Romney was elected the 45th president of the United States.
Put a fork in it for No. 44, Barack Obama. The horrific job numbers that came out on Friday, and the all but certain likelihood that all the job reports between now and November will be equally bad (thanks Europe) seems to have guaranteed a Romney (Zomney?) inauguration in January 2013, and an all-Republican Congress to boot.
And all that that implies -- more tax cuts for the rich, more program cuts for the poor, more ill-guided adventures overseas, wars on women and on voting rights, with outcomes sure to drive a nation that was the world's greatest powerhouse just a half-century ago closer to the eve of destruction.
You could feel it in the air this weekend, the palpable aroma of a one-term presidency. And the biggest mistake that Barack Obama has made these last three-and-a-half years was teeing it up for their looming era of exceptional American unexceptionalism, the real zombie apocalypse.