People can debate the reasons, but there were two things I expected to happen which didn't. One is that I thought that, at least when the Dems controlled Congress, that little "goodies" would be slipped into legislation. Maybe things which weren't all that important - not important enough to cause a right wing freakout - but still good things. The second is that the executive would, you know, use the executive for stuff other than killing people. Maybe it will happen more?