Two years ago, Americans witnessed what pundits then confidently called a generational liberal ascendancy. In their minds, the ideas of the right had been tried and found wanting. The coalitions that came together to elect Barack Obama president and provide him with strong majorities in both houses of Congress were safe, strong and resilient — and poised to lead a realignment that would endure for decades.
Last week, the president's party lost control of the House and very nearly the Senate. His popularity ratings are in the 30s, the percentage of Americans who believe the country is moving in the right direction is as low as 30, and the number who identify themselves as conservatives or conservative-leaning is at an all-time high.
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