Barack Obama had to lie in order to win the presidency.
Obama had to lie that he would cut taxes. He had to act tough toward our enemies. He had to turn his back on radical anti-Americans he has allied with over the last 20 years.
Despite the urging of the netroots, Democrats still cannot campaign proudly and honestly as who they are. They cannot say, "I am a liberal. I want to expand government control over your lives. I want to raise your taxes and deny you the right to bear arms. And I intend to appease our enemies abroad."
So maybe America has not moved to the left. Maybe Obama won for superficial reasons in a country full of voters who don't give politics much deep thought. Given a choice of statists, they went with the charismatic young one.
The Republicans have a great thing thing going for them for the next two years: the Democrats control the Presidency, Senate and House.
Remember, the Jimmy Carter presidency led to the second best president of the 20th century, Ronald Reagan.