At least we know Mitt Romney could not lie his way into the presidency. Never in modern American political history has a more deliberately mendacious candidate appeared before the public. America dodged a bullet this time, just as it did four years ago when Sarah Palin was allowed to pursue her dream to be a TV news pundit and reality star rather than serve as Vice President of the US. There was more to this election than just rejecting the politics of deceit and hypocrisy. Let’s look at some of the salient lessons from Barack Obama’s reelection, which is if anything a small triumph for race relations in the US when a mediocre and disappointing African-American candidate can still get a majority of the votes.