Former Washington governor Gary Locke has worked hard to minister to the needs of the hometown corporation. Since being appointed as commerce secretary, he has an even higher perch from which he can do so.
In order for Progressive Federalism to happen, the federal government has to be supportive of floors, not ceilings -- that is, oriented toward setting minimum progressive regulatory standards, not maximum regulatory ceilings.
The plan isn't going into effect until 2013. Think you're tired of TV ads and screaming folks at town hall meetings now? Picture a more local version of that for the next four years -- not a pretty sight.
The code words change over time (from "nullification" to "states' rights" to Pawlenty's "state sovereignty"), but the idea is the same -- we retain the right to ignore any laws we don't feel like following.
Conservatives have opposed progressive change -- for states rights and against "big government socialism" -- in every era. In those past eras, history was not on their side. It is not in our time, either.