You could make a very plausible case that it was Al Gore and John Kerry who lost the last two presidential elections, rather than George W. Bush winning them - narrowly.
I found myself making the same point to my husband the other day. He said, "Why did the American people elect these guys?" and I said, "They didn't really want to. The Democrats gave them no choice."
On the face of it, it's another example of the brazen but not infallible chutzpah of the Republicans. They've been strutting around as if they had a sweeping mandate, when actually the public barely regarded them as the less spineless and incompetent of two evils. And now it turns out they're not even that.
Deeper down, though, it's a story about the utter, abject collapse, bankruptcy, and abdication of the other political party.