Lot of truth here:
We might have had this reckoning earler, but the Tea Party let itself be captured by the RNC
logjam of sclerotic, mediated democracy
The 2008 crisis also sucked the power from most the the GOPs best slogans.
And finally, failure theater does not work so well when there is an Army of Davids paying attention to what is going on.
There is no doubt that a sizable minority of the population is opposed to bigger government. This minority is large enough to boost the ratings of talk radio. It drives readership for rightwing blogs and raises money for some candidates. But is it it enough to win election?
40% is an enormous share in radio ratings. It is also the bad end of a landslide election.
The usual mantra of "No socialism, Free Enterprise!" just seems inadequate in the face of the current economic realities.
Key fact number one. As Obama moves toward "socialism", he does so at the behest of the "capitalists". It is not as if he is sending paramilitary gangs to take over successful, profitable businesses. Obama, like Bush before him, is compelled to act because the capitalists screwed the pooch, crapped the bed, and then muttered "maybe my bad" when their recklessness sent the financial system off a cliff.
The broad public knows this, and that makes it hard to win them over with cheap slogans about socialist bogeymen.