We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
There is no overlap between the space in which people believe they have something to say (which, like it or not, is and will remain the space of nation-states) and the space in which more and more decisions are being made, decisions that are increasingly unpopular.
It would seem that things have definitively changed, as Peggy Noonan noted the other day in her piece on the Tea Parties. The new media have matured to the point where Congressmen who rely only on the MSM for their information are going to find themselves embarrassed in front of their constituents, and scorned for their lack of knowledge of significant issues of the day.
In MA, [un?]intended consequences of not thinking about the laws you are passing for more than thirty seconds - new law (changes already in the works, now that legislators have realised some of what they passed) pretty much outlaws internet (and "smart" phones, etc) -
By the way ... Drudge says that Bill Clinton is back in the White House advising Obama on this tough economic stuff ... and, I suspect, revisiting some of his favorite rendezvous closets, after checking out the latest interns.