4. A MIDTERM "SHELLACKING"
In November’s midterm elections, unlikely Tea Party candidates snatched primaries from established Republican candidates, despite their markedly eccentric views and thin political resumes. Delaware’s Christine O’Donnell, for one, had lost three previous runs for office and admitted “dabbling” in Wicca. But some dark horses actually prevailed against Democratic opponents, giving Republicans a thin majority in the Senate and increasing their ranks in the House. President Obama referred to this moment of reckoning as a “shellacking.” We couldn’t have said it any better.