To read the left-wing blogosphere and mainstream media, one would think that the American people were victims of a vast right-wing conspiracy. As if the critics of creeping government control of the health care and economic systems somehow were misleading an otherwise liberal population into opposing Democratic liberal plans.
To the contrary, it is the Democrats who have twisted the politics so as to overstate the reality underlying the 2008 presidential and congressional elections. While Democrats won big in 2008, that win did not reflect any liberal shift in the population. The reality consistently has been that this is a more conservative than liberal society, based on how people self-identify.
The trap into which liberal Democrats have fallen is to mistake an electoral win having nothing to do with ideology for an embrace of liberalism and big government. To the extent Democrats viewed the 2008 elections as an endorsement of liberal policies, Democrats now are meeting reality.
Democrats beat the odds in 2008. Reality is beginning to sink in in 2009. Electoral politics will revert to reality in 2010, and once again reflect that is a center-right nation.