As hundreds of thousands of Americans (including my co-blogger) rallied across the country in Tea Parties, protesting larger, more intrusive government and higher taxes, it seems that a growing number of their fellow citizens share their sentiments.
Michelle linked a new Gallup survey confirming something which polling data over the past few months has been making manifest, Americans are moving to the right:
Despite the results of the 2008 presidential election, Americans, by a 2-to-1 margin, say their political views in recent years have become more conservative rather than more liberal, 39% to 18%, with 42% saying they have not changed. While independents and Democrats most often say their views haven’t changed, more members of all three major partisan groups indicate that their views have shifted to the right rather than to the left.
Guess people needed to see liberalism in action. Or maybe now that there is no longer an ostensibly conservative party in power not adhering to conservative ideals, it becomes easier for the Americans to reassert their natural conservative instincts.
So, once again in an era of big government, conservative ideas are becoming ascendant. Thus, it behooves the GOP to reassert Reaganite ideas and stand true to our core principles.
Should we do that, we may well win back our majorities in Congress — and state legislatures.
UPDATE: Commenting on this poll, John Hinderaker offers:
. . . .voters tend to turn to the “outs” when they become fed up with the “ins.” It appears that not too many voters were fed up with the Republicans because the party was too conservative. Nevertheless, there was enough dissatisfaction with Republican governance that the other guys got a shot. It seems reasonable to expect that the Democrats might wear out their welcome sooner than the Republicans did, since, in addition to the usual grievances that accumulate and erode support for the party in power, the Democrats are taking the country in a direction where the voters don’t particularly want it to go.
Emphasis added. Read the whole thing!