November 1, 2010


The Five Faulty Theories that Led Obama and Democrats to Disaster (FRED BARNES, 11/01/10, The Weekly Standard)

The original sin of President Obama and Democrats was their belief in the theory that smashing victories by their party in the 2006 and 2008 elections represented a political realignment that would leave them in power in Washington for decades to come.

As even they should know by now, that theory wasn’t close to being true. A true realignment – and there have been only a handful of them in our history – requires a dramatic shift in the political and ideological leanings of Americans. That hasn’t happened.

The exit polls in the 2008 election and extensive polls since then found that America remains a country with twice as many self-identified conservatives as liberals, while about one-third of Americans consider themselves to be moderates. This breakdown has been the case for years.

So the election of Obama and huge Democratic majorities in the Senate and House didn’t signal the advent of a center-left orientation in American politics. Rather, the old center-right leaning nation – that is, moderate to conservative – has persisted.

...plenty on the Right were bitching and moaning about how the Democrats were going to move us Left too. But an election result that put the rest of the Anglosphere to our Right was never going to stands long.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at November 1, 2010 6:04 AM
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