Spending is proportional. The US government historically has spent about 19% of GDP and should remain at that percentage or a little lower. Under Obama, spending rose, at least until Republicans started curtailing it so that it should return to the historical average in a couple more years.Newsflash: We have a nation of over 300 million people. A big nation requires big government with big spending. You want to live with "smaller government"? Move to Somalia.
He's as left wing as he can get away with, again. He was so left wing that he and his party were historically rejected in 2010 for their actions. The only reason he's still in the White House today is because he managed to make the election about personalities instead of ideology.If Obama were the "solid left-winger" you want people to believe he is, he would have socialized the energy industry, the banking industry, the insurance industry and Walmart, confiscated their profits -- and thus balanced the budget. (Well, maybe cut the deficit in half.)
Ginsburg is right though, Democrats right now have an advantage in general elections, Republicans have an advantage in midterms or special elections. That's because the Democratic base is big enough now to just make turning them out important, and Obama relied on a base-turning strategy, accepting that he'd lose independents. It worked. It won't work so well in 2014, which should accelerate his lame duck status.