Perhaps we should picture the epic battle between Democrat and Republican as an epic battle between the financial services "industry" and the oil "bidness."
H.L. Hunt used to say: "When Ah go east, they treat me jes' lahk a stable hand!" The Bush administrations were his beyond-the-grave vengeance; the Obama administration is counter-vengeance.
Some of you will recognize that a similar idea informed Carl Oglesby's work.