Huffington Post editor and former Newsweek Chief Correspondent Howard Fineman acknowledged during an appearance on MSNBC that "the Obama era is over" as a result of last night's sweeping Republican victory in the mid-term elections.
Asked by host Chris Matthews, "Which party has the spark right now?" Fineman responded, "Oh, the Republican Party for sure. The Dems have to reinvent themselves all over again. The Obama era is over."
Fineman's rhetoric echoes the consensus that the wave of discontent which swept Republicans to victory was almost completely borne out of a total rejection of brand Obama.
"Tonight was a powerful repudiation of the Obama presidency," said Senator Ted Cruz, while Douglas E. Schoen, a former pollster for President Bill Clinton, asserted that the outcome was a rejection of Obama's leadership, his policies and a recognition that he is a "deeply unpopular president."