The expansion of executive power over the last few decades might be coming to an end. The incredible potential on the left under Obama was even greater than the opportunity which Clinton flubbed through his lust. Bush expanded executive power through a crisis, but it was soon reigned in by the media.
Obama came on strong and it appeared for a period of time that he was going to pull an Augustus on America, whereby he played the role of humble servant, deferring to congress, yet behind the scenes and through his czars take on unprecedented power. For a moment it appeared that industry would be turned upside down through the EPA with their carbon trick, but about that time the American people put a stop to the power grab -- not, however, before the structure was built through healthcare and finance on which to eventually build enough regulation to accomplish the progressive mission.
Now that the midterm elections have sent a strong message and the president is presently looking weak, the trend to expand executive power is possibly thwarted for good, at least for a long time to come. It will not be any time soon that a charismatic president charges into office bent on changing the tides and healing the world. I imagine our next president will be a workhorse executive expected to downsize and curb government power, simply giving the nation reports of the progress made. America appears intent on taking power back and cranking up the private sector, and I don't think this public pressure is going to dissipate when unemployment falls to 5%. Good for the American people. It remains to be seen, though, whether the structure of healthcare and finance can be demolished.
State power players have come up against an opposing force they didn't expect, the American people roused from a long nap. All they can possibly do at this point to continue the progressive agenda is declare an emergency -- it had better be one hell of an emergency.