In the wake of Barack Obama’s 2008 election, John Judis of The New Republic declared that the country had completed a Democratic realignment – that American politics had fundamentally shifted to the left. Accordingly, Judis argued, President-elect Obama and his Democratic allies should act boldly. President Obama heeded Judis’s advice — and, as a result, his domestic agenda has been stalled for more than a year. With the exception of the wasteful stimulus bill, he and his Democratic allies have been unable to push their reforms through Congress.
The political difference between Reagan and Obama is that the former gave the public what it wanted.