When President Obama was elected, the Republicans decided to block his every action in order to win back the White House. I suspect that they believed that the American people would capitulate to their ransom demands after four years. That did not happen and the GOP continued to obstruct for four more years. Now in 2016, the American people have succumbed to GOP blackmail. If Hillary had been elected, we could have expected another four years of GOP obstruction. If we elect a Democrat in the future, we can expect the GOP to resort to blackmail again. The only way to stop this is to not submit to GOP demands. That entails electing Democrats at all levels and not re-electing the obstructionist members of the GOP.