From all appearances Wednesday, the president won’t change—not his policies, not his style, not his staff, not nothing. Defiant and begrudging, the president said he would meet with GOP leaders, seek their suggestions for common ground, and maybe grab a drink with Senate Majority Leader-to-Be Mitch McConnell…

A pre-election poll suggested that, second only to the economy, breaking gridlock is a major issue for voters. In an election that cost Democrats control of the Senate and scores of other races, exit polls suggested that a majority of voters disapprove of Obama; 80 percent disapprove of Congress; 60 percent give low marks to the leadership of the White House and Congress; only 44 percent think well of the Democratic Party; and even fewer give the GOP high marks. Only two of every 10 voters think the next generation will do better than theirs; the American dream is dying.

The results were not a referendum on the GOP as much as they were a repudiation of Washington, the two-party system, status-quo politics, and Obama himself. Rather than face the latter verdict, Obama seized the former and said, “The most important thing I can do is get stuff done.”

That would be nice, but how are things going to get done with no changes at the White House?