Poring over the details in Resurgent Republic’s 2012 post-election survey, I came across this telling tidbit:
Voters continue to support repealing and replacing the 2010 health care reform law. By a 54 to 38 percent margin, with a nearly identical margin among Independents (55 to 38 percent), voters support repealing and replacing the President’s primary legislative achievement. Just a narrow majority of Democrats oppose repealing and replacing the law (51 percent, while 39 percent support repealing and replacing the law), while Republicans continue to support repealing and replacing it, now by a 70 to 24 percent margin.
Emphasis added (though headline was in bold in original). The more we look underneath the topline of the Democrat’s narrow victory, the more we see just how hollow it was. He won not so much because people share his ideas, his vision, but because they like the image his consultants had crafted.