Another League of Ordinary Gentlemen writer refuses to read the writing on the wall. There's something amusing about the mindset which imples there's a monolithic Public Mind that in times of economic downturn turns its dissatisfaction to the party in power, regardless of the party. The idea that the public is focused on jobs and economy and has no preference for liberal/statist government or limited government underestimates the public, or a large portion of the public.
Yes, many people only care pragmatically about how they think government is handling the economy and if jobs are available, but more and more people are taking a larger interest in direction, and they are rejecting interventionist government. The national conversation has centered around a government which has grown too big and powerful, and this concern is driving politics at this point. People, more and more of them, are realizing that government can't really create stable, secure jobs. The stimulus proved this point. So, as long as liberals continue to believe that iterventionist government policy and central planning can create jobs and economic growth, more and more people will repuiate liberalism.
And, with all the hoopla about Tea Party participation in the midterm election, and wth all the calls from Clinton and Obama to get out the vote on the left, the fact that young people and women stayed home tells anyone who cares to accept facts that liberal policies are being repudiated. It's important to understand that "liberal" in the sense of libertarianish world-view is not what's being repudiated, but rather modern liberalism as it relates to statism. This is why I'm recommending that liberals re-evaluate their relationship to progressivism and statism.