Just two years ago, Barack Obama thought he as at the vanguard of a new political movement set to transform America. And based on the enthusiasm of his supporters and his success at the polls, he didn’t seem far off the mark.
Today, the political movement with the greatest energy is not a political campaign built around a charismatic man, but a diffuse one built around an idea: freedom. And it begin to coalescence not in conjunction with Obama’s movement, but in response to his policies as president — in response to his attempt to transform America.
No wonder Obama is angry and sniping at Republicans and warning of the Empire striking back. He is no longer the defining force in American politics. The energy is not with him, it’s against him. From the sounds of his plaints, his internal polling look about as bad for Democrats as Gallup’s forecast if “40% of voters turned out — a rate typical in recent years“.
There is an idea animating America — the idea of liberty.