what is being rejected is big government in general (its taxing, mandating, regulating, gun grabbing, and even its spending) and, in particular, …. On the positive side, the public is vigorously and fervently affirming its desire to re-limit and de-centralize government
I completely disagree with this. The federal government continues to grow and grow, and very few people disagree. We've got all the beuracracy with the Homeland/airport security, etc. Gov spending is even worse. Most Americans don't seem to care, because they figure the financial crisis will happen after they are dead.
Both parties always promise in their campaining to shrink gov, but the monster continues to grow and grow.
Also, I wouldn't really call the Republicans winning the last election any kind of mandate. I did vote for Bush, but I'm not a big fan of his. The democrats let America down by not presenting a compelling candidate. Oh, I wish we could get a candidate with a legitimate plan to reduce government in all areas and the guts to implement it.