Establishment Hasn't Been This Wobbly Since the '60s And the time is right for conservatives to save the day By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jun 19, 2010 12:07 PM CDT 82 comments Comments BP Chairman Carl-Henric Svanberg's "we care about the small people" comment didn't go over well. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh) (Newser) – Nice that BP cares about the "small people," but it's the "big people" that are in trouble, writes William Kristol. This week's Gulf follies—with "incompetent" performances from President Obama, Tony Hayward, Joe Barton, et. al— are just the beginning. "Who wouldn’t prefer to be governed by the first 500 (small) people in the phone book than by the big people currently in charge?" he asks in the Weekly Standard. Ticking off the failures of "big finance," "big government," and "big media," Kristol declares that "the establishment hasn't been this discredited since the mid-1960s." Now it's up to conservatives to regroup and "save the country from a failed liberal progressivism." A "consitutionalist-populist political realignment" is under way, he writes. "The small people are winning."