Today on Uncommon Knowledge, Michael Barone, editor, for 40 years now, of the Almanac on American Politics. Writing in the most recent edition of the Almanac, Michael argues that the administration of Franklin Roosevelt represented an “inflection point” in American politics, producing “a natural Democratic majority for a long generation,” and that the administration of Ronald Reagan represented a second such “inflection point, producing, in turn, “a natural Republican majority for a long generation.”
Does the administration of Barack Obama represent a third “inflection point?”
Turns out not — and I think we can say that pretty conclusively. The Obama Democrats’ assumption that economic distress would make Americans more supportive of big government programs has clearly turned out to be wrong.