My reaction will be one of laughter and an (I told you so). But seriously. Does anyone think this can happen? People didn't think Bush Jr could win a second term and he did. If 2012 is any proof of the country's shift a Republican could win. Obama won in 2008 by 9.5 million votes, 365 electoral votes and carried 28 states. Obama won in 2012 by 4.9 million votes, 332 electoral votes, and carried 26 states (Romney carried 24). And now look at 2014 elections (Governor, Senate, House). For all our criticism of the Republican party they are very spread throughout the country and gerrymandering has helped them a lot. So the possibility of a Republican president in 2016 taking throne in January of 2017 is a reality.