Peggy Noonan says this, ostensibly about Syria, but I'm more interested in her greater point....one I've been making for some time [emphasis mine].
"A point on how quickly public opinion has jelled. There is something
going on here, a new distance between Washington and America that the
Syria debate has forced into focus. The Syria debate isn't, really, a
struggle between libertarians and neoconservatives, or left and right,
or Democrats and Republicans. That's not its shape. It looks more like a
fight between the country and Washington, between the broad American
public and Washington's central governing assumptions.
Here's a link to the whole article.