Let's give "credit" to where it's due, shall we? Every time a party wins the WH and/or Congress, that party insists that the country is now "conservative" or "progressive." Truth is that most Americans are left on some issues, right on others. In 2006, Conservative media and their minions made Bush and the GOP spend their political capitial NOT on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac which almost everyone knew was going to go bust, but on "border security" that involved the Hispanic Southern border instead of the White North. Thus, Independents were left with a party that APPEARED racist and a party that APPEARED to champion minorities, women, gays.
Guess who got Congress?