I hope this isn't a surprise to anyone, and I wouldn't get all happy about this, because there are some things you guys are forgetting about.
This problem, with a party being in a rut, happened to the Democrats not too long ago. The Democrats caught the Republicans with their pants down, especially after the many mistakes the Republican party has made, which is part of why now we have Obama.
Obama wasn't elected because Americans woke up one morning, and wanted to be liberals, or wanted bigger government. The election was decided by independents, not so much Republicans, Democrats, Liberals, or Conservatives. More people are moving towards independence, instead of sticking to one party, because they feel both have/were failing the people. Obama was elected for 3 reasons.
1. As I said, the Republicans messed up, so now it was time to give the Democrats a turn, that's how the country works, the balance of power always shifts, especially after one party screws up, and pisses the people off.
2. THE ECONOMY. Americans felt Obama had a better grasp on this. McCain's group although they had the right message, and better solution to it, didn't sell it well, didn't sell it as good as Obama did.
3. The war, many Americans wanted it to be over. The hardcore moronic left, wanted him to just pull everyone out and be over with it. There were some guys I served with, who wanted to vote for him, because they didn't want to be there anymore, and they felt he'd bring us all home. I laughed at them and said if you think he's going to do that, you're sadly mistaken. These guys are pretty angry now, because they are still there, and they are strongly against everything else he is doing.
The whole "He inherited this mess" worked well the first 2 months he was president. However all of the things he has done now, have made the mess his own, he owns it now. So now whenever I hear someone say "He inherited this", it sounds more like a lame excuse for failures, and its funny because was it not him who said we should be looking forward, and not backwards. Yet whenever things get a bit overwhelming, he goes right to that "I inherited this", and starts blaming the last administration for problems. Yes I can agree with anyone that he had a lot thrown on his plate, but that excuse is starting to make him look weak, and un-leader-like.
Bush cracked opened the door for big government, or socialism, Obama just kicked it open and ran through it, and he's starting to make people wonder. I'm hearing more and more independents, who made this election let me remind you, say "This is not what I voted for" "I don't like where he's taking the country" "I didn't know he'd do this, or do that" People don't like this expansion of government. Its funny to see Europe, and Russia most of all, kinda sit back and be like whoa, and telling us not to go down this road. These countries have practiced it, the people are sick of it, and they don't want America down that road, and they themselves are turning away from it, because its been seen it don't work, which is why now conservatives over there, are gaining popularity.
A lot of economist even before Obama was elected, like right when the economic crisis hit, said this is only the first wave. With Obama spending all of this money, we'll have none when the second wave hits. Bush's tax cuts were bringing sluggish growth to the economy, however they were pretty much useless because of all the crazy spending going on. You can't cut taxes, and spend money like a gold digging wench on a shopping spree, after finding her man's credit card, it doesn't work haha. If Obama kept the tax cuts AND reduced spending, we'd have more money.
Many of Obama's critics, as well as our enemies, don't feel he's got the testicular fortitude to deal with them. Him going overseas to apologize, and pander, did nothing. The people he was hoping would "like us" after his little speeches, have done nothing yet to help (wow big surprise) . As for the fanatical Muslim world, as well as other threats like North Korea, it looked like weakness, its no surprise our enemies/threats are showing their asses now, because they feel Obama is weak. He's like Jimmy Carter 2.0
I want Obama to do well, because I love this country, and yes I think it was awesome a "non-white" male who came from very little, has been put in the position he is in, in this country. It says a great deal about this country, which makes me even more proud to be apart of this country, but I have strong doubts as to where he's leading the country, and I don't like it. I pray nothing happens to him though, because god forbid Joe Biden becomes president haha.
If things don't start picking up within 4-5 months, and if anything happens, in the means of any kind of attack, in 2010, and 2012, the Republicans will be back.