"But what they didn't understand is that their smug comments weren't simply an attack on Barack Obama but on the entire grassroots chain of change that has, for over 200 years, made America a more democratic and humane country." A more democratic & humane country is precisely what the GOP & its owners do not want. Such a country would punish their gross incompetence & corruption, and regulate their greed.
Certainly not what the GOP wants, as we've seen this past nearly eight years. Nor it would seem what the Congressional Dem leadership is particularly keen on delivering either.