Against those frustrations, set Charles M. Blow's explanation for a marked uptick in conservative sentiment among the electorate:
And recall Frederick Douglass's assessment of Lincoln:
The Obama administration’s response to the financial and automotive crises and its pursuit of a wide range of reforms is the epitome of new and untried. Major change has come much too quickly for far too many. The response: retreat to a cocoon of conservatism.
Viewed from the genuine abolition ground, Mr. Lincoln seemed tardy, cold, dull, and indifferent; but measuring him by the sentiment of his country, a sentiment he was bound as a statesman to consult, he was swift, zealous, radical, and determined.Obama won by raising hopes that he would "bend the arc of history" and specifically reverse this country's hard swing to the right over the past forty years. But he's spoken of that arc (in effect) mathematically, envisioning fundamental change as moving a battleship a few degrees. Let's see how things look when we've moved a ways around the bend.