“It was a blood bath,” said one political pundit.

“It was a shellacking,” said another, quoting President Barack Obama’s assessment of the Democrat’s victory over the GOP in the 2012 election.

However it was said, it was a miserable day for the Democrats and a great day for the GOP.

It is my practice when faced with failure, defeat, trials or tribulations to pray and try to find words of consolation and hope for a better future. So in the aftermath of the GOP’s victory, I went to sages and saints, philosophers and, yes, even psychologists and psychiatrists, and to the Scripture. I found verses of Scripture that have been helpful to me across the years: “For we know that in all things, God works for good to them that love the Lord, and to them that are called according to His purpose.”

Then, I thought, in this situation, I am not sure how many people “love the Lord” or think they are “called according to his purpose,” or even believe there is a God. No, I had to find something that would be non-religious and have collective applicability.

 Finding no help from the abovementioned wordsmiths, I turned to music. Roy Hamilton, a vocalist from my youthful days, came to my mind. He used to sing a favorite tune of that time titled, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” It seems I can hear Hamilton’s mellifluous baritone voice: “When you walk through a storm/Keep your chin up high/And don’t be afraid of the dark/At the end of a storm is a golden sky/And the sweet silver song of a lark.”

So the question is, where is the “golden sky” during this stormy time for those of us who are Democrats or, better still, for those of us who believe in a fully, progressive Democratic society in which all people are respected and fairness rules the day, where the wealth of the nation is more equitably divided and where there is compassion and a helping hand for those at the bottom of the social ladder or who have lost their way?

First I must ask, why do so many people apparently dislike President Barack Obama, particularly when he has done some good things? He brought (or is bringing) the economy back from the brink of disaster and passed the Affordable Care Act. He has tried to help the disadvantaged and those who have struggled for a better life. Internationally, he brought the troops home. Osama bin Laden is no longer in the land of the living. Those are a few of the good things he has done. There are many more on the horizon.

When we remember the obstacles, the wreckage of the Bush years and a GOP opposition that clearly demonstrated that it intended to use the public statements of its leaders to make Mr. Obama a one-term president, the achievements of Obama become all the more impressive.

If it is true, as the sages of history have taught, that we should judge a person’s success not only by how far he or she has reached but also by how far back he or she started or the strength and power of the opposition, then fairness would dictate a total reversal of Tuesday’s election if, in fact, the election results were all about Obama, as GOP leaders claim.

It is understandable why some people blame race, but Obama handedly won the presidency in 2012. While that doesn’t completely take the race card off the table, it does suggest race isn’t the complete answer.

I have another question: Why did the Democratic leadership, in many places, run away from Obama? In so doing, it is as if they were validating the criticism of the president. Thus, the GOP had skillfully, strategically turned Democrat successes into failures in the minds of the people. Democratic leadership said to the GOP, “Amen, you are right. Let’s keep the president at a distance.”

On John Catsimatidis’ radio show Sunday, Nov. 9, according to the Daily News, Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania governor and Democratic National Committee chairman, said, “It’s the message. We did a lousy job. We did a poor job of giving voters a message. On almost every major issue, people agreed with us. But Democrats ran away from their positions instead of embracing them. We also have … a courage gap. We’re not proud of the things that we do and the things that we stand for.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Howard Dean, another former National Democratic Committee chairman, said, “The Republican’s message was, ‘We are not Obama.’ There was no substance whatsoever. ‘We are not Obama.’ What was the Democrats’ message? ‘Oh, well. We’re really not either.’ You cannot win if you’re afraid.”

Where is the golden sky? Midterm elections have been disastrous for the party in power since 1928. Obama can join the ranks of other presidents. A midterm election “is what it is.” The average loss for a two-term president in the sixth year of his administration is 25 seats in the House and six seats in the Senate. In 2014, Republicans gained only 14 seats in the House and seven to nine in the Senate depending on races in Alaska and Louisiana.

One-third of eligible voters participated, so there is no mandate for the GOP. The populace seems to be saying, “A plague on both your houses,” or “The GOP is the lesser of two evils.” According to statistics, the Democrats had a 44 percent favorable rating to the Republicans’ 40 percent. The political “turf” in which the senators ran in 2014 consisted mainly of states where Obama lost so-called red states with populations that were more conservative, less diverse and older, according to the Rev. Jesse Jackson.

In the Republican victory, there were two persons of African ancestry who made history. Mia Love became the first African-American female Republican elected to Congress. Interestingly enough, she, who is Brooklyn-born and of Haitian parentage, was elected in the state of Utah. Then there was Tim Scott of South Carolina, who became the first African-American elected to the Senate from a former Confederate State since Reconstruction. Let us hope and pray that they are not made in the image of Clarence Thomas. Meanwhile, Cory Booker, the former mayor of Newark, N.J., won a Democratic seat in the Senate. That makes two African-Americans in the Senate for the first time since Reconstruction, when Blanche K. Bruce and Hiram Revels occupied Senate seats.

I know many staunch Democrats will view it as controversial. I think it is to our advantage to have representation in both parties. In the political arena, I don’t think it’s ever prudent to put all of one’s marbles in one basket. I always believed that it would serve our best interests if we had significant representation in both parties, as well as control of a third party.

There are some states with vestiges of liberalism on immigration and fair wages, according to “JACKSBLAST #1.” In 2016, 24 Republicans and only 10 Democrats will be up for election, and they will be disproportionately in states where Obama won—so-called blue states—with populations that are more liberal, more diverse and younger, according to “JACKSBLAST #1.”

Obama is still the president. He can do some significant things via appointments and executive orders, even with an intractable Congress, and he still has veto power.

Finally, Obama named Loretta Lynch as his nominee for U.S. attorney general. It was wise and sensitive of Obama to immediately nominate a Black woman to a significant position in his administration. He seemed to be sending a message of hope and encouragement, as if to say, “I still have some power left.”

I’ll conclude by conjuring ghosts of the past. Eleven years after the Civil War and the establishment of the Freedman’s Bureau, the first civil rights legislation, the enactment of the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, a man named Rutherford B. Hayes won the presidency by promising to remove troops from South. Practically all the gains of the prior 10 years were eradicated or put on hold.

We survived then. We have survived, and even made progress against the raging storms of slavery, racism, segregation, discrimination and the most uncivilized manifestations of cruelty. And we shall continue to survive and make progress despite the midterms election of 2014.