Obama got his comeuppance in 2010 when the GOP won the House.
Taranto's “comeuppance” idea rests on two odd assumptions/insinuations.
There is, at the end, no comeuppance, just a sense of the stealth poison of materiality—its psychic numbing.
It even has a comeuppance ending, and the bad guy is killed.
After all, the comeuppance of the Big Bad is the good part of any horror story.
They get their comeuppance because they refuse to work together and are selfish people who cannot follow directions.
The Fromm family eventually did get their comeuppance, however belatedly.
You young smart Alecks will get your comeuppance, muttered the man.
A deserved chastening, esp some event that checks a wrongdoer; just desserts (1958+)