As it limps to a close Thursday, Choire Sicha examines what went wrong.
So Obama is either a one-term president, or limps through a second term only to see Republicans recapture the presidency in 2016.
1560s, of unknown origin, perhaps related to Middle English lympen "to fall short" (c.1400), which is probably from Old English lemphealt "halting, lame, limping," which has a lone cognate in the rare Middle High German limphin, and perhaps is from a PIE root meaning "slack, loose, to hang down" (cf. Sanskrit lambate "hangs down," Middle High German lampen "to hang down"). Related: Limped; limping. As a noun, 1818, from the verb.
1706, "flaccid, drooping," of obscure origin, perhaps related to limp (v.).
An irregular, jerky, or awkward gait; a claudication. v. limped, limp·ing, limps
To walk lamely, especially with irregularity, as if favoring one leg.