And there you have it: the vaunted New Deal did not bring the country out of the Great Depression, but the bigger problem now is that its numerous programs never died, and like a bad disease, they have spread. The impact of the New Deal is staggering not just because of the number of programs but also because of their scope. Certain of these programs massively altered the relationship between Americans and their government with respect to critical aspect of our lives, violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles of federalism and limited government.
By far the best example of this is Social Security.
No one is going to be elected president calling Social Security a “bad disease”, not anytime soon.
Now, if you dig into these crosstabs, or whatever all the cool people call the detailed parts of polls, you’ll see Perry with a massive lead over Romney among southerners (39-12). Here you’ll see that nationwide, he leads Romney by 16 points in a two-person match-up. In early March (so pretty early in the primary schedule), a lot of the crazy states hold their primaries, and by then it will down to something closer to a two-person race.
I don’t see Rove peeling off the southern vote for Romney or whoever too easily unless they go nuts and get Jeb Bush in the race. It goes without saying that yankees like Chris Christie and Paul Ryan aren’t going to get it done.