Nothing better illustrates this than Obamacare. The merits of the bill are beyond the scope of this post. What really is at issue is one question: why this again? Single payer health care was tried in 1994 and defeated in a rather ugly fashion. The end result of Hillarycare was the loss of the House and Senate, and the governor's mansion in states like New York and Texas. Yet here the liberals are, trying it once again.
Those of us who thought Bill Clinton should have been impeached for the Lewinsky affair recognized that our argument - that such behavior was inappropriate for anyone, much less the president - was rejected by the public. There was a tacit acknowledgement that we lost the debate and it was time to move on. If President Obama was cought doing more or less the same thing, I think most conservatives would be indifferent.
For liberals there's always an excuse. Humphrey lost in '68 because the youth vote didn't turn out. McGovern lost in '72 because Nixon played on the country's fears. Reagan won in '80 and '84 because he was good in front of the camera. Bush the Elder beacuse of America's racists response to the Willie Horton ads. Bush the Younger won his elections because he stole them. Often the problem lies with America. The country is racist, or selfish or unsophisticated.
For liberals the problem is never with them. Of course people want single payer health care. Of course people want gun control. Of course people want high taxes. They just don't know it becuase of the powerful interestsl the insurance lobby, or the NRA.
The solution to groups of like minded people organizing against the liberal agenda is campaign finance reform.
Liberals are nostalgic for the 60's, but the rest of America is not. This writer bets that when most Americans saw Mayor Daley's police at the Chicago convention wade into crowds of protestors, batons swinging, most Americans were rooting for the Police - and the Ohio National Guard too.