Americans move more and more to the right.
This goes back to the whole "Joe The Plumber" chapter last year. Obama tried to shake off the socialist brand, because he knew how Americans would react if they knew the truth.
Obama talked boldly about tax cuts and restricting spending. It was all an act to mask what he represented. He tried to pass himself off as a "centrist". A nickel late and a dime short later, people are starting to realize that the warnings given by others about Obama weren't just Republican propaganda. If you all have paid attention to the public reaction to the bills Obama has pedaled so far for public support, all of them have been met with negative reaction. This is no coincidence. Americans didn't embrace Obama's stimulus bill, mortgage modification bill, omnibus spending bill, the take over of GM, Chrysler, AIG and Citibank, and the creation of 23 "czars". Americans are also not in favor of the Cap & Trade bill that is now in the Senate. Americans are even luke warm on the idea of the government getting into the health care business. With all of this liberal garbage been rammed down people's throats, this is why Republicans now find themselves tied withe Democrats in the generic congressional midterm ballot poll. I accidentally deleted a good portion of the archived stories I wrote a few months ago. One of those stories was about why the Republican Party lost power in 2006 and 2008. I commented that the Republicans lost power in congress in 2006, because they lost their conservative way several years prior. Some of the idiotic pundits would claim that it was the Iraq war that caused the GOP's down fall in 2006 and 2008. If that was truly the case, Bush would have lost to Kerry in 2004. When Republicans started to act like liberal Democrats, that was when the wheels started to come off the wagon. Polls show that the Republican Party is shrinking in size mainly due to conservatives leaving the party and registering as independents. I've said before that conservatives don't lose presidential elections against liberal candidates, and I still stand by that claim. No matter how much the neo conservative crowd tries to spin McCain's defeat, it was the fact that McCain didn't have a core conservative message in which to not only rally conservatives but also attract Independents. Obama is personally liked among his liberal base of Democrats, but he is noticeably losing support among Independents. Fiscal restraint is a conservative trait, and more and more people are demanding that congress stop spending money they don't have. If Republicans can get off on being stuck on stupid, they have a very good shot at swinging the momentum back towards the right. They need to "give the people what they want".