Despite the financial crisis and the bursting of the housing bubble, which President Obama and the left obviously thought would create the political conditions for a New New Deal, it turns out that most Americans think government is doing too much:
Americans are more likely today than in the recent past to believe that government is taking on too much responsibility for solving the nation's problems and is over-regulating business. New Gallup data show that 57% of Americans say the government is trying to do too many things that should be left to businesses and individuals, and 45% say there is too much government regulation of business. Both reflect the highest such readings in more than a decade.
The difficult political question is how a deeply corrupt and intellectually vapid Republican Party can take advantage of this political opportunity. The party of anti-intellectuals, of hypocritical moralizers, of K Street deal makers, which viewed power not as an opportunity but as something to be clung to, is not a party that is well-positioned to take advantage of this public attitude to benefit itself or, more important, the country.