And while Obama both reflects and reinforces the impetus to realign, the befuddled, hemmed-in GOP seems doomed to decline.
The fact is, our economy did not fall into decline overnight.
America is seen in South Asia as a power in decline, a perception fueled by the Afghan War.
Be in no doubt: the decline of Catholicism in Irish life is chiefly the result of the Church's own actions.
The market fell by 133 points today and is expected to decline further on Wednesday.
For some years, however, grape-growing along the Hudson has been on the decline.
Percival watched the decline with a conviction that he was dreaming.
It is more difficult to preserve it, and it generally dies of decline.
They only thought a lawyer could help them--but I'm far too busy--of course I decline.
He offered a lieutenancy to Ferens, who had the courage to decline it.
late 14c., "to turn aside, deviate," from Old French decliner "to sink, decline, degenerate, turn aside," from Latin declinare "to lower, avoid, deviate, to bend from, inflect," from de- "from" (see de-) + clinare "to bend," from PIE *klei-n-, suffixed form of *klei- "to lean" (see lean (v.)). Sense has been altered since c.1400 by interpretation of de- as "downward." Meaning "not to consent, politely refuse," is from 1630s. Related: Declined; declining.
early 14c., "deterioration, degeneration," from Old French declin (see decline (v.)).